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Colorado River Dist. 2016 Annual Water Seminar, Grand Junction 9/16

For those interested in big-picture water resource issues that affect us all. Note that the luncheon presentation will be by “Killing the Colorado” author Abrahm Lustgarten, of ProPublica. It appears this conference will be open to the public. Paying $30 for an all day seminar like this (with lunch included!) is a steal if you can go and would be well worth taking the day off to attend.

More information and a link to the registration are here.

Also on the linked page are recordings from the 2015 and 2014 conferences, including a presentation by Emerald Mile author Kevin Fedarko. There's also a really good presentation in which Brad Udall describes how the Colorado River got to its over-allocation diet and relates that history to current events concerning the low reservoir levels at Powell and Mead. I saw Udall give this presentation last fall and it is very informative of how we got to where we are with the big reservoirs and why they're half full today.

2016 Annual Water Seminar

The Colorado River District’s popular one-day Annual Water Seminar is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 16, 2016 from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm at Two Rivers Convention Center, 159 Main Street, Grand Junction, CO
Theme: “Colorado River Waves of the Future: Fitting the West to the River’s New Normal”

Cost, which includes lunch buffet, is $30 if pre-registered by Friday, Sept. 9; $40 at the door. For information, contact Meredith Spyker. at 970-945-8522

Speakers will address the Lower Basin living within its water means and dealing with its “structural deficit,” how the Upper Basin is planning to deal with low levels at Lake Powell, sorting through the confusing programs addressing ag fallowing, a discussion of Use It or Lose It myths and a panel addressing what comes next after the Colorado Water Plan, especially with declining financial resources – plus more.

Draft agenda:
  • Temperatures Matter: Jeff Lukas, Western Water Assessment
  • How the Lower Basin is Attacking the Structural Deficit: Suzanne Ticknor, Central Arizona Project
  • How the Upper Basin is Attacking Low Water Levels at Lake Powell: Eric Kuhn, Colorado River District
  • Sorting through the Demand Management Weapons: Water Banking/System Conservation – who’s doing what: Dave Kanzer, Colorado River District
  • Lunch Program – “Killing the Colorado” author Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica
  • Use It or Lose It – Separating Truth, Myth and Reality: Justice Greg Hobbs
  • Colorado’s Water Plan – What Now? Panel Discussion with Colorado Water Conservation Board’s James Eklund; Colorado State Representative Don Coram and Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy, and the Environment’s Anne Castle
Hat Tip to John Fleck for posting about this on his blog.

Nothing in the world is more yielding and gentle than water. Yet it has no equal for conquering the resistant and tough. The flexible can overcome the unbending; the soft can overcome the hard. - Lao Tse
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