RRNW Seattle Speaker Series May 23rd, Steve Bleifuhs and Brian Murray

Speaker: Steve Bleifuhs, Section Manager, and Brian Murray, Environmental Programs Managing Supervisor, King County River and Floodplain Management Section

Title: Carrying the Water:  King County river management past, present and future.

WhereNaked City Brewery & Taphouse, 8564 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103. All ages.

When: Wednesday May 23rd, 2018. 5:30 pm Networking, 6:30 pm Presentation

Join us at the next RRNW Seattle Speaker Series for a conversation with Steve Bleifuhs, and Brian Murray, of the King County River and Floodplain Management Section.  Steve and Brian will review the long-term legacy of past floodplain management decisions in King County that have constrained our rivers and cut off floodplains in a vain attempt to “control” flooding.

This legacy is very much with us today – the urgency of today’s public safety problems create tremendous pressure to reinforce rather than rethink this legacy. How can today’s flood risk reduction investments become a catalyst for long-term change? How can we build collaboration and partnerships between scientists, policy makers, and the community at large to create a more sustainable and resilient legacy – and together “carry the water” – for the next generation?

Steve Bleifuhs is the Manager for King County’s River and Floodplain Management Section, which now includes over 60 professional staff dedicated to its mission of reducing flood risks and restoring rivers throughout the county.  Steve earned his B.S. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin and after a year of graduate coursework packed a brown, rusty 1977 Ford Econoline van and moved to Seattle in the winter of 1994 to see and hear what this grunge music scene was all about before starting his career with King County in 1995.

Brian Murray is an Environmental Programs Managing Supervisor with King County’s River and Floodplain Management Section, where he has supported regional discussions of floodplain management strategies and priorities with professional staff and elected officials since 2007. Before being inundated with floodplain management, Brian was the technical coordinator for the 27 jurisdictions developing a salmon conservation plan for the Lake Washington watershed. When he is not talking about rivers in fluorescent-lit meeting rooms, he does everything he can to be on or near an actual river. Brian earned a M.A. in Environmental Policy from Tufts University, along with a B.S. in Zoology and B.A. in Political Science from the University of Washington.

The purpose of the speaker series is to provide a local networking opportunity for the stream restoration community outside of the annual symposium, and the chance to hear from an expert on a restoration-related topic, in an informal setting, with beer!  Speakers present for 20 to 30 minutes with time for questions and discussion.  Food and drinks are available for purchase at the bar. You’ll be in charge of your own food and beverages but, rest assured that the storytelling and conversation will be excellent.

Parking: There is limited parking behind the brewery and street parking.

Bus: From downtown Seattle, take bus #5; from the University of Washington take bus #45.

Bike: Bike parking is abundant in this neighborhood.

This event is sponsored by Cardno.


If you are interested in sponsoring future Seattle RRNW speaker series events, please contact Judi Radloff at jradloff@kingcounty.gov

You do not need to be an RRNW member to attend; however, we encourage you to join RRNW to help support future events!

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Past Speakers

George Pess – April 2018

Steven Malloch – November 2017

Colin Thorne – May 2017

Daniel Schindler – March 2017

Guillaume Mauger – November 2016

Michael Pollock – September 2016