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What We Do

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Address potable groundwater supply issues by creating locally driven recommendations that influence water management and policy that will direct resources to create sustainable water solutions.

Guiding Principles

  • We generate ideas to help inform decision-making and solve problems

  • We serve as the voice of group A and B water systems

  • We convene, coordinate, and unify

  • We leverage opportunities and partnerships


  • Create a sustainable organization to address municipal/small community water system groundwater decline based on localized conditions

  • Generate awareness and create calls to action for the depletion of potable water in the Basin, the urgent need to address the situation, and the efforts of the Coalition

  • Lead the development of regional groundwater planning and the identification and promotion of new and/or alternative water sources

Board Members

Elsa Bowen, Chair

Lincoln County Conservation District

Bob Davis

City of Quincy

Judy Ellis

Columbia Water Services

Rob Jones

Grant County Commissioner

Richard Law

 City of Moses Lake

Kristina Ribellia

Columbia Basin Conservation District

Paul Wollman

Warden Hutterian Brethren

Clint Didier

Franklin County Commissioner

Jo Gilchrist

Lincoln County Commissioner

Michele Kiesz


Shawn O'Brien

City of Othello

Kris Shuler

City of Warden


Water Purveyor


There are two categories of members:

  • Member—any person residing in Washington or any entity operating in the FLAG (Franklin, Lincoln, Adams, and Grant) counties with an interest in Group A and B water systems.

  • Associate Member—any state or federal elected official, agency, department, or staff person representing such.


Each qualified Member is entitled to one vote per matter brought before the membership, including board elections. Members that are also entities (representing more than one person) must identify a voting member who will cast a vote on the entity’s behalf. Associate Members are non-voting.

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Let's address groundwater supply issues in the Basin together!

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