The Water Access Advisory Committee evaluates applications for grants in the Water Access Category of the larger Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program.

The grants provide funding to create access to shorelines for non-motorized, water-related recreation activities such as boating and fishing.


  • Live in Washington
  • Have an interest in public policy
  • Enjoy finding creative solutions and appreciate other perspectives
  • Are interested in nonmotorized water activities


  • RCO will provide the training needed to evaluate grants
  • Stipends are available to eligible committee members

Time Commitment

  • Two to four full days of virtual meetings every other summer (even years)
  • Policy feedback time commitment varies

2024 Dates

Technical Review MeetingMay 29-30
Evaluation MeetingAugust 27-28
Results MetingSeptember 4

Committee Members

Community Members

  • Eleanor Mattice, Colville
  • Laura Foster, Port Angeles
  • James Horan, Olympia
  • Eric Jensen, Kirkland
  • Davi Martin, Gold Bar
  • Gayne Sears, Colbert

Local Agency Members

  • Kim Bui, City of Bellevue, Kent
  • Brad Chenowerth, City of Everett, Everett
  • Garrett Farrell, King County, Seattle
  • Anjali Myer, City of Sammamish, Sammamish

State Agency Members

  • Rich Finger, Department of Fish and Wildlife, Ephrata
  • Tanya Moore, State Parks and Recreation Commission, Olympia
  • Noel Sharp, Department of Natural Resources, Olympia