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Discussing Issues That Shape Our Future

Our club never takes sides but our speakers do


The Columbia Basin Badger Club is an exciting and vibrant organization dedicated to civil discourse

of the important topics of the day.  We pride ourselves in being non-partisan.  Our club never takes sides, but our speakers do, and the result is often a lively discussion that improves our understanding of the world around us.


Speakers at our monthly forums have spanned a wide range of ideas and opinions that have included legalization of marijuana, same sex marriage, and the proposals to remove the lower Snake River dams to name just a few. 

And our lineup of topics for 2015 promises to be just as stimulating and enlightening.

 Videos of Past Forums


And part of what makes this club so special is that members ask questions directly of our speakers and

can expect direct answers and a better understanding of the issue.

All our forums are open to the public and we invite everyone to join and share in the benefits that the club provides.  The name Columbia Basin Badger Club reflects our tenacity to seek out clear information, yet we maintain a sense of humor and civility as we tackle the tough issues that are before us.

If this makes sense to you then you are just the person that the Badger Club is seeking. 

We invite you to join us. 

Sign up at:

 Membership Application


 Next Meeting:

Water: Are we Hosed?



  When: Thursday July 23rd, 2015 

Where: 6:00pm* Richland Shilo Inn

*Doing evening forums based to member feedback (June/July and Aug)


or                                   Email 
or                                   Call our message phone at 628-6011

Cancellation Deadline:   Noon on Monday, June 20th; No-Shows will be charged.

Cost:                             $20 for members, $25 for non members, $30 Day of event

Tickets: Register



Columbia Basin Badger Club




Panel discussion

  Are We the Next California?  






Three Panel Members:



Dave Solem has been the Secretary-Manager of the South Columbia Basin Irrigation District since 2010. Previously, he was the Secretary- Manager of Klamath Irrigation District in Oregon from 1983 to 2010 and was with KID in 2001 when the Klamath Reclamation Project did not receive water. He is currently the vice-president of the Washington State Water Resources Association, is a board member of the National Water Resources Association, and is a past president of the Oregon Water Resources Congress. He received a B.S. degree in Forestry from Iowa State University.

Kelsey Collins Statewide Trust Water Coordinator, Washington State Department of Ecology

Walt Larrick: The Bureau of Reclamation has selected Walter Larrick to serve as the Yakima Field Office Manager in Yakima, Wash. Larrick began his Federal career as a fishery biologist with the Yakima Field Office in 1992. Before coming to Reclamation, he worked in western Washington, Alaska, and eastern Washington as a fishery biologist. Recently, Larrick worked as the Assistant Manager of the Yakima River Basin Water Enhancement Project and then as manager. He has over 27 years of experience in the Yakima Basin on numerous water related issues.

"Walter is extremely hard working and is very dedicated to Reclamation and the Yakima Basin," said Bill Gray, Area Manager, Columbia-Cascades Area Office. "He will do an excellent job evaluating and balancing the many competing demands for the limited water supplies of the basin. His energy and enthusiasm will no doubt continue to help motivate others around him toward productive results."  Larrick received a Bachelor of Science degree in Fishery and Wildlife from Louisiana Tech University and a Master of Science in Fishery and Wildlife Management from Louisiana State University. He began his new assignment on June 7, 2010.


The Call to Action is a new program for the Columbia Basin Badger Club.

The Badgers Club never takes side but members and speakers do.

The idea is that after attending a Badger Forum there are things that you can choose to do such as influence public policy.   


Each of our speakers will be asked to make suggestions about how members could be involved.  


Here is the
- March 27th Call to Action List
- April 24th   Call to Action
Other Tools:


The following is a Guide to Crafting Your Message to officials:

1.      Introduce yourself and where you live, I’m a constituent

2.      What is the issue that you are concerned about?

3.      Why is this important to you?

4.      Why is this issue important to our community/state?

5.      What do you want your representative to do?

Directory of elected officials from LOWV: Link




1) Clicking on the Calender of Events

2) Click on the Forum you want to attend on the calender

3) Follow the on screen directions

4) The cost of the Forum is $20.00 for members and $25.00 for non members


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