2019 Environmental Conference

Energy, Salmon, Agriculture, and Community: Can We Come Together?

April 23, 2019, 8:00am – 6:00pm

Boise State University SUB, Jordan Ballroom


The Pacific Northwest now faces two interconnected crises that can only be solved together – assuring our region’s energy system emerges reliable and affordable from the technological and market changes roiling it and reversing the continuing decline towards extinction of many Columbian Basin wild salmon and steelhead, especially those in the Snake River.

Governor Cecil Andrus worked closely with the Northwest’s governors from both parties to support and defend the public power system and seek bipartisan solutions for salmon restoration. So, it is fitting that the Andrus Center for Public Policy convenes a forum to support current regional discussions on solutions to address energy, salmon, water, agriculture, and community needs.

To make durable progress on these vital linked issues, Oregon, Washington, Montana, and Idaho must come together to resolve them. The conference is designed to encourage action and discussion toward such resolution and to bring together the leaders and groups who can find and implement a long-term plan that meets everyone’s needs.



7:30 am Registration & Breakfast

8:00 am Welcome – John Freemuth, Andrus Center for Public Policy

8:20 am Opening – Idaho Governor Brad Little

8:45 am Salmon and Energy Panel One. Moderator: Marc Johnson

  • Elliot Mainzer – Administrator, Bonneville Power Administration
  • Jaime Pinkham – Director, Columbia River Inter – Tribal Fish Commission
  • Darrel Anderson – President and CEO, Idaho Power Company
  • Nancy Hirsh – Director, NW Energy Coalition
  • J.T. Austin –  Senior Policy Advisor on Natural Resources, Washington Governor Jay Inslee

10:00 am Break

10:15 am Salmon and Energy Panel Two. Moderator: Marc Johnson

  • Giulia Good Stefani – Attorney, Natural Resource Defense Council
  • Roger Gray – CEO, Pacific Northwest Generating Co-Op
  • Bear Prairie – General Manager, Idaho Falls Power
  • Chris Wood – President, Trout Unlimited
  • Jason Miner – Natural Resources Policy Manager, Oregon Governor Kate Brown

11:30 am Lunch procession

12:00 pm Lunch Keynote – Congressman Mike Simpson (ID-R)

1:15 pm Agriculture and Communities Panel One. Moderator: Amanda Peacher

  • McCoy Oatman – Vice Chair, Nez Perce Tribe
  • Sam White- Chief Operating Officer, PNW Farmers Co-Op
  • Steve Howser – President, Idaho Water Users Association
  • Jeff Gordon – Gordon Wines, Pasco, Washington
  • Sam Mace – Inland Northwest Director, Save Our Wild Salmon

2:30 pm Break

2:45 pm Agriculture and Communities Panel Two. Moderator: Amanda Peacher

  • Stephanie Solien – Co-Chair, Governor Jay Inslee’s Southern Resident Orca Task Force
  • Dustin Aherin – Lewiston resident, Businessman & Middle Fork Salmon River Outfitter
  • Merrill Beyeler – Beyeler Ranches, Lemhi Valley, Idaho & Former Legislator
  • Roy Akins – Chairman, Riggins Chapter, Idaho River Communities Alliance
  • David Reeploeg – Vice President of Federal Programs, Tri-Cities Development Council

4:00 pm Closing – Elliot Mainzer, Bonneville Power Administration

5:00 pm Reception