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

  • 2-4 full days of virtual meetings every other summer (even years)
  • Policy feedback time commitment varies

2022 Dates

Technical Review MeetingJune 1-2
Evaluation MeetingAugust 29-30
Results MetingSeptember 7

Committee Members

Community Members

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

Local Agency Members

  • Kristi Evans, Metro Parks Tacoma, Tacoma
  • Garrett Farrell, King County, Seattle
  • Anjali Myer, City of Sammamish, Sammamish
  • Sarah Olson, Lynnwood Parks and Recreation Department, Lynnwood

State Agency Members

  • Shane Belson, Department of Fish and Wildlife, Olympia
  • Jamie Van de Vanter, State Parks and Recreation Commission, Olympia
  • Lowell Dickson, Department of Natural Resources, Olympia
  • David Pater, Department of Ecology, Lacey