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WEC Community Education Opportunities:

  

                            Workshops, Seminars & Volunteer Opportunities

 


Questions?

Please feel free to contact Melissa Holecek, Education Coordinator, melissa.holecek@wwcc.edu.

 

 

Please check back for information on future workshops.

 

 

 



Past events:


Water Rights & Wells for Rural Homes Workshop


June 21, 2012 at 3pm and 7pm

WWCC Water & Environmental Center

 

A Free Workshop for Rural Homeowners, Land Developers, Realtors, and Well-Drillers in Walla Walla County

 

If you own or plan to build a rural home, or want to buy, sell or divide land where domestic wells and water rights are used, this workshop is for you.

 

“Water Rights and Wells for Rural Homes” will be the topic of two upcoming workshops at the William A. Grant Water & Environmental Center on the Walla Walla Community College Campus.  The two sessions will convene at 3:00pm and again at 7:00pm on Thursday, June 21, 2012.  The information program and format of each session will be the same, with a panel of experts from the Washington State Department of Ecology, Walla Walla Joint Community Development Agency, and local professionals available to answer audience questions.

 

These two community workshops are hosted by the Walla Walla Watershed Management Partnership and the WWCC William A. Grant Water & Environmental Center.  Participants will have the opportunity to learn the basics about Washington state water rights and domestic wells to help you if you own a rural home, plan to build, or work with property owners who want to buy, sell or divide land for multiple residences.  You will also learn about how new water use is limited in some areas, and hear about opportunities to manage your water rights through the programs offered by the Walla Walla Watershed Management Partnership.

 

Please mark your calendar to attend on Thursday, June 21, 2012 at either 3:00pm or 7:00pm.

Contact Maureen at (509) 524-5206 or maureen.johnson@wwcc.edu.

 

*These workshops are free and open to the public.  No RSVP is necessary.

 

For directions to the WWCC Water & Environmental Center, please click here.

 

 


Understanding your Water Right: A Workshop for Washington State Water Right Holders


January 25, 2012 at 2pm and 6pm

WWCC Water & Environmental Center

 

 

Are you wondering if you have a water right, or are you unsure about how to read your water right? Do you have questions about trust water rights or how you can protect your water right?

 

Understanding your Water Right: A Workshop for Washington State Water Right Holders will be the topic of two upcoming workshops at the William A. Grant Water & Environmental Center on the Walla Walla Community College Campus. With two sessions scheduled to convene at 2:00pm and again at 6:00pm on Wednesday, January 25, 2012, the informational program and format at each session will be the same with a panel of local water experts available to answer audience questions.

 

These two community workshops are hosted by the Walla Walla Watershed Management Partnership and WWCC William A. Grant Water & Environmental Center. You will have the opportunity to understand the basics about Washington state water rights to help you if you own land with water rights, want to buy or sell land with water rights, or want to trust, bank or transfer water rights. You can also attend to learn more about opportunities to manage your water rights under the unique local water programs offered by the Walla Walla Watershed Management Partnership.

 

Please mark your calendar to attend on January 25th, and contact Maureen at (509) 524-5206 or maureen.johnson@wwcc.edu if you have any questions.

 

 

 

 


Friends of Titus Creek Work Day


Come celebrate World Environment Day with the staff at the Water & Environmental Center!  We will be planting willows, trimming plants in the restoration site and removing invasive species.

 

When: Saturday, June 11, 2011 from 9am to noon

 

Where: Titus Creek by the Water & Environmental Center

 

Questions: contact Melissa Holecek, education coordinator, at melissa.holecek@wwcc.edu or 524-5208.

 

 

 


Water Rights 101


May 16, 2011 from 1-4pm

 WWCC Water & Environmental Center

 

In this intensive three hour course, you will learn about water right development in the western United States, and basics about how the application and transfer processes work.

 

 

Sponsored by: Laura Schroeder and Wyatt Rolfe of Schroeder Law Offices

 

 

 


Blue Gold Environmental Movie Night


March 17, 2011 from 7:30-9pm

Gaiser Auditorium (Whitman College)

 

Come learn about water issues around the world as you watch Blue Gold.  This documentary captures some of the most heated water debates of our time and allows you to see just how critical water is.

 

Sponsored by: WWCC Water & Environmental Center and Blue Moutain Audubon Society

 

 

 

 

 

 


Natural Resource Job Fair


 

When: Wednesday, February 23, 2011; job fair 10am-2pm, on-site interviews 3-6pm

Where: WWCC Water & Environmental Center

Who is invited: everyone

 

For more information please visit: http://www.wwcc.edu/CMS/index.php?id=3413

 

(*you do not need to be a WWCC student to attend)

  

 

Questions?  Please contact Melissa Holecek, education coordinator, at melissa.holecek@wwcc.edu if you have any questions about the job fair or if you are an employer and would like to register your organization.

 

 

 


Exempt Well Community Forum

February 17, 2011 from 6-8pm 

 

Permit exempt wells provide water for in-house domestic use, stock watering, and small-scale industrial operations in our area.   The existing regulations on exempt wells in WA can be confusing, but it is important to understand them due to the large financial and environmental impacts they can have. The Water & Environmental Center will be hosting a community forum on exempt wells.  Participants will have an opportunity to learn about exempt well regulations, ask questions and share their thoughts.

 

Experts from the following organizations will be available to answer questions:

· Department of Ecology

· City of College Place

· Walla Walla County Environmental Health

· Walla Walla Watershed Management Partnership

 

 Questions?  Please contact Melissa Holecek at melissa.holecek@wwcc.edu or 509.524.5208.

 

 


Environmental Book Club




January 12, February 9 and March 9, 2011 from 6:30 - 8pm

 

Be inspired to explore relevant environmental issues in this course hosted by the Water & Environmental Center. The course is structured around three key environmental books:  Water: The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power & Civilization by Steven Solomon (January), Cradle to Cradle by William McDonough and Michael Braungart (February), and The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan (March). Each month the group will gather to discuss relevant local and global applications and solutions presented by the authors. Get ready to be challenged, informed and inspired!

 

 

Meeting dates:

  • Wednesday, January 12 (Water)
  • Wednesday, February 9 (Cradle to Cradle)
  • Wednesday, March 9 (The Omnivore's Dilemma)

 

If you have questions or would like to sign up, please contact Melissa Holecek, Education Coordinator, at melissa.holecek@wwcc.edu or Nancy Kress at nancy.kress@wwcc.edu.

 

   

 

 


Eco-Art Night


December 8, 2010 from 6:30 - 8pm

 

Let your creative side run wild as you create art pieces from recycled pop cans.  You will have an opportunity to build beautiful pieces that can be used for the holidays or all year round.  You will also learn about environmental art and its power to communicate messages beyond cultural and linguistic barriers.

 

Space is limited, so make sure to sign up early.  If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Holecek, WEC education coordinator, at melissa.holecek@wwcc.edu.

 

 

 


Red Gold


Environmental Movie Night

December 16, 2010 at 7pm

 

Come join the staff of the Water & Environmental Center for a viewing of Red Gold followed by a discussion of the issues presented in the film.

 

 

If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Holecek, WEC education coordinator, at melissa.holecek@wwcc.edu.

 

 



Down the drain...now where does it go?

Getting an inside look at wastewater treatment in the Walla Walla area.

October 27, 2010 1-4pm

 

Have you ever wondered where the items that go down your drain go?  Are you interested in learning more about how water is purified after it goes down the drain?  Please join us for an informative afternoon about wastewater treatment.  This educational event will start with a tour of the Walla Walla Wastewater Treatment Facility (please wear shoes with closed toe and heel, hard hats and safety goggles will be provided).  After the tour, participants will visit the Water & Environmental Center where they will learn about why wastewater needs to be treated and how microbes are used in the wastewater treatment process (presented by Jeanine Kay-Shoemake, Walla Walla Community College faculty member).

 

Space is limited for this event, please contact Melissa Holecek at melissa.holecek@wwcc.edu or (509) 524-5208 to reserve your space or if you have any questions about this educational opportunity.

 

 

 

 



Make a Difference Day

Stream Restoration Work Day

October 23, 2010 3-5 pm 

 

Over the past three years, a section of Titus Creek has been restored with native plants, woody debris, and a more complex channel next to the Water and Environmental Center.  While the majority of the area has been planted and covered with a weed barrier, volunteers are needed to remove weeds and finish planting a few small sections along the creek.

 

A community work day, Friends of Titus Creek, is planned for Saturday, October 23 from 3 to 5pm.  If you are interested in volunteering at the Titus Creek restoration site, please contact Melissa Holecek, Education Coordinator, at melissa.holecek@wwcc.edu or by phone at (509) 524-5208.

 

 

 



Master of Environmental Studies Information Session

The Evergreen State College

October 4, 2010 from 4-5pm

 

The Master of Environmental Studies (MES) program at The Evergreen State College in Olympia invites you to attend an information session at the Walla Walla Community College Water & Environmental Center on Monday, October 4 from 4-5pm.

 

The MES program is a 2-year interdisciplinary program focused on training tomorrow's environmental leaders.  Our courses are team-taught in the evening by faculty in the natural and social sciences.  College students, AmeriCorps members, environmental professionals, and career-changers are encouraged to attend.  For more information, please go to www.evergreen.edu/mes or contact Gail Wootan, Assistant Director of the Master of Environmental Studies Program, at wootang@evergreen.edu or (360) 867-6225.

 

 

 



National Public Lands Day

Stream Restoration Work Day

September 25, 2010 9am-noon 

 

Over the past three years, a section of Titus Creek has been restored with native plants, woody debris, and a more complex channel next to the Water and Environmental Center.  While the majority of the area has been planted and covered with a weed barrier, volunteers are needed to remove weeds and finish planting a few small sections along the creek.

 

A community work day, Friends of Titus Creek, is planned for Saturday, September 25 from 9am to noon.  If you are interested in volunteering at the Titus Creek restoration site, please contact Melissa Holecek, Education Coordinator, at melissa.holecek@wwcc.edu or by phone at (509) 524-5208.