POSTPONED – CREW:Water Systems Resilience Symposium, June 17-18, 2020 in Seattle

It has been decided to postpone the symposium at this time. We are looking at creating a series of webinars to support the momentum in bringing earthquake early warning to the pacific northwest. Please keep an eye on this page as we will post updates. We will also announce the webinars too.

The CREW Lifelines Symposium Series is to share information, establish connections, generate commitment to resilience, and learn ways to achieve more resilience across the Cascadia Region. Future symposium topics are being identified to support identified lifelines.

The following topics are examples of agenda items that may be presented:

  • Earthquake Resistant Pipe: When, where and why to use. Cost considerations.
  • Resiliency and Emergency Response: How soon is soon enough to be back on-line? Planning to provide for basic customer needs under curtailment of normal service.
  • The Really Big One – How Big Really: Popular literature left some incorrect impressions about the expected impacts of big earthquakes in our region. What are your shaking risks? What can you expect from future shallow, deep, and Subduction Zone quakes?
  • Mutual Aid Agreements: What if neighboring cities need help too? State and Federal response.
  • ShakeAlert: How can earthquake early warning benefit water utilities? Feedback from the early adopters.
  • Automatic Actions: What automatic actions associated with ShakeAlert can your facility safely employ? What are the benefits?
  • Instantly Assessing Damage: Tools that instantly perform a condition assessment of your facilities before, during and after an event.
  • Private sector roles in mitigation and recovery. What assistance can your consulting engineers and contractors offer?
  • Tsunami zone mitigation efforts. Coastal areas need to plan for both shaking and highwater surges.
  • Functioning without public electrical power service: microgrids, emergency generators, etc.
  • Lessons learned from the earthquake impacts on water and sewer systems earthquakes around the world.
  • The water system impacts and recovery challenges from the 2014 M6 South Napa Earthquake

Keynote Speakers include:

Don Ballantyne, PE – Don Ballantyne is a Principal Engineer with Ballantyne Consulting focusing on risk and reliability of water and wastewater systems. Mr. Ballantyne spent the first half of his career as a water/wastewater system design engineer with several firms including Kennedy/Jenks Consultants. He then focused on earthquake performance of water and wastewater systems while with Dames & Moore,  and EQE.  He has conducted over 75 hazard risk and reliability assessments of utility systems and has worked on major systems serving Vancouver, BC; Seattle, Washington; Portland, Oregon; and San Francisco, California. He has conducted post-earthquake reconnaissance focusing on water and wastewater system performance for 13 major earthquakes including major events such as 1989 Loma Prieta, 1994 Northridge, 1995 Kobe, 2001 Gujarat, India and Nisqually, Washington, and most recently Haiti. All of these evaluations were performed in association with the ASCE Technical Council on Lifeline Earthquake Engineering (ASCE TCLEE) or the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) and is a contributor to many of their reconnaissance reports. He is a past chair of the TCLEE Executive Committee and past Director of EERI. He has been active in the American Water Works Association (AWWA) for over 30 years and wrote the AWWA document, Minimizing Earthquake Damage, a Guide for Water Utilities and wrote the chapter titled “Water and Wastewater Systems” in the Earthquake Engineering Handbook by Chen and Scawthorn.

Phil Brun, Utilities Director, City of Napa, California – Phil Brun is the Utilities Director for the City of Napa and is responsible for Water, Solid Waste and Recycling.  Phil has been with the City of Napa for 23 years.  Phil is a registered civil engineer in California with a Bachelor’s degree from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.  He is very involved in the American Water Works Association serving as the Chair of the California-Nevada section in 2010 and as a Director on the AWWA Board from 2012 to 2015. 


University of Washington Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 1st Street, Seattle WA 98105 (directions and parking information)

Hotel Reservation Group Instructions

We have negotiated a room block with the Silver Cloud Hotel Seattle in the University District/U Village. The room block is limited and government rates are set at $219.00 for a queen and $239.00 for a king, plus tax. Room rate includes a complimentary hot breakfast.

Onsite parking is a set rate at $15 plus taxes. The hotel is about a 15 minute walk from the Center for Urban Horticulture (.8 miles) or take the free Silver Cloud shuttle. tax per night.

Room dates available are from 6/17/2020 through 6/19/2020, select the night of 6/17/2020 for a one night stay. Please click on the following GROUP link and select the desired arrival and departure dates and number of guests.

  1. On the hand side of the screen please select the desired arrival and departure dates (within the contracted date range 6/17/202 – 6/19/2020) and the number of guest.
  2. Click on “Search for Availability”
  3. Then click on “Reserve” for the room type you prefer. It will take you to a page where guest can enter all their information.
  4. Finally, click on “Make a Reservation” and your guest should receive a reservation conformation email shortly thereafter.

The group rate is available till 5/18/2020 by 3:00 PM.

If you need further assistance, you can call the hotel directly at 206-526-5200 and ask for the CREW water resilience symposium group rate “CREWGRP.”

Display Tables / Sponsorship / Other

If you and/or your organization would like to sponsor or contribute to the networking reception or a coffee break at the event, please contact either Bill Steele or Pascal Schuback.