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2012 Conference Program and Presentations

Wednesday, November 7

7:00pm - Pre-Conference Reception: "Remains of a River" film from the Colorado College "State of the Rockies" project

Thursday, November 8

7:30 - Registration and Breakfast

8:00 - Welcome - Tim Foster, President, Colorado Mesa University, and Gigi Richard, Director, Water Center at Colorado Mesa University

8:10 - Introductory Remarks -John Stulp, Special Policy Advisor the Governor on Water

8:30 - Responding to water scarcity: the big picture

Moderator: Gigi Richard, Associate Professor of Geology,Director of the Water Center, Colorado Mesa University

Tim Casey, Professor of Political Science, Colorado Mesa University

  • Whose River? Cultural foundations of the Law of the River

Jeff Sellen, Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies, Western State Colorado University

9:00 - Dust from the Desert, Beetles in the Headwaters: Regional Environmental Influences on Upper Colorado Basin Hydrology

Moderator: David Graf, Regional Water Specialist, Colorado Parks and Wildlife

  • Dust in the western US: How biological, physical and human activities at the local scale interact to affect hydrologic function at the landscape scale

Jayne Belnap, Research Ecologist, United States Geological Survey, Moab

Chris Landry, Center for Snow and Avalanche Studies, Colorado Dust-on-Snow Program

Eric Gordon, Managing Director, Western Water Assessment, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado - Boulder

  • Hydrologic Impacts of the Mountain Pine Beetle on Tributary Catchments of the Upper Colorado River Basin

Ben Livneh, Western Water Assessment, NOAA Earth Systems Research Laboratory, University of Colorado - Boulder

10:00 - Break

10:15 - Meeting Environmental Water Needs in Cooperation with Other Uses

Moderator: author George Sibley

Amy Beatie, Executive Director, Colorado Water Trust

George Moss Driscoll, Esq., for the Roaring Fork Conservancy

  • Dolores River - A Way Forward: Development of the 'Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation Plan' for Warm Water Native Fish in the Lower Dolores River

David Graf, Regional Water Specialist, Colorado Parks and Wildlife

11:00 - Colorado Basin Agriculture Being Creative with its Water

Moderator:Denis Reich,Water Resources Specialist, Colorado Water Institute

  • Western Slope Water Bank

Taylor Hawes, Colorado River Program Director, The Nature Conservancy

Jennifer Pitt, Director, Colorado River Project, Environmental Defense Fund

Peter Taylor, Associate Professor of Sociology, Colorado State University

  • Keeping my farm green for the next 30 years (no slides)

Paul Kehmeier, Irrigator & Farmer in Eckert, CO.

12:00 - Lunch, pop-up presentations by non-presenters, posters

1:30 -Understanding and Managing Water Availability and Streamflows

Moderator: Russell Walker, Professor of Environmental Restoration, Colorado Mesa University

  • CI-WATER High Performance Computing Model to Investigate Future Water Resources Availability in the Upper Colorado River Basin (cancelled)

Fred Ogden, Professor Cline Distinguished Chair of Engineering, Environment and Natural Resources,Department of Civil& Architectural Engineering and Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources, University of Wyoming

  • Using water infrastructure to manage streamflow under climate change in the upper Green River basin

Ryan McShane, Ph. D. student in Ecology, Colorado State University

  • How seasonal and inter-annual variation in river flow impact shallow groundwater fluctuation and riparian vegetation health on the impounded Dolores River, southwest Colorado (slides available soon)

Gary L. Gianniny, Professor of Geosciences, Fort Lewis College

2:15 - Strategies for engaging the public and specific constituencies on regional water issues

Moderator: Jeff Sellen, Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies, Western State Colorado University

Kristin Maharg, Program Manager, Colorado Foundation for Water Education

Zak Podmore, Colorado College State of the Rockies Project

Richard Van Gytenbeek, Colorado River Basin Outreach Coordinator, Trout Unlimited

3:00 - Break

3:15 - Nuts & Bolts of Municipal Conservation: Promising Strategies

Moderator: Greg Trainor, Director, Public Works and Utilities, City of Grand Junction

Dan Stellar, Water Division Director, Center for ReSource Conservation, Boulder, CO

  • Graywater Reuse as a Viable Means to Municipal Water Demands under Water Shortages

Sybil Sharvelle, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Colorado State University

4:00 - Municipal Water Use - How Far Can/ Should we go with Conservation to Meet Future Needs?

Moderator: Larry Clever, Manager, Ute Water Conservancy District

Drew Beckwith, Water Policy Manager, Western Resource Advocates

Ken Ransford, Colorado Basin Roundtable member

Greg Fisher, Chief Planner, Denver Water

5:15 - Closing remarks, adjourn to reception with appetizers & cash bar

7:00- Keynote Dinner: John Stulp, Special Policy Advisor the Governor on Water

Friday, November 9

7:30 - Breakfast, welcome

8:00 - Colorado River Basin Study: Analysis and Conclusions

Moderator: Gigi Richard, Associate Professor of Geology,Director of the Water Center, Colorado Mesa University

  • Carly Jerla, Water Resource Engineer, US Bureau of Reclamation
  • Kay Brothers, Consultant, Southern Nevada Water Authority
  • Ted Kowalski, Chief of the Interstate & Federal Section, Colorado Water Conservation Board

9:30 - Break

9:45 - Colorado River Basin Study: Responses and Interpretations (no slides)

Moderator: Hannah Holm, Coordinator, Water Center at Colorado Mesa University

  • Taylor Hawes, Colorado River Program Director, The Nature Conservancy
  • Marc Waage, Manager of Water Resources Planning, Denver Water
  • Kevin McBride, Manager, Upper Yampa Conservancy District
  • Dave Kanzer, Senior Water Resources Engineer, Colorado River Water Conservation District
  • Philip Lopez, Esq. White & Jankowski, LLP
  • Jared Hansen, Project Manager, Central Utah Water Conservancy District
  • Carroll Multz, Professor of Law and Ethics, Colorado Mesa University, and former US Commissioner and Chairman, Upper Colorado River Commission

11:30 - 1:00 - Lunch, posters, pop-ups

1:00 -State approaches to meeting future needs in the context of uncertain hydrology and obligations under the Colorado River Basin Compact and the Upper Colorado River Basin Compact

Moderator: Chris Treese, Manager of External Affairs, Colorado River District

  • Jennifer Gimbel, Director, Colorado Water Conservation Board
  • Dennis Strong, Director, Utah Division of Water Resources
  • Estevan Lopez, Director, New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission

2:30 - Closing remarks: highlight themes and research ideas that have emerged over the course of the conference

Posters and Exhibits

  • Colorado River Basin National Drought Information System Drought Early Warning System

Nolan Doesken, Colorado State Climatologist

  • Middle Colorado Watershed Partnership

Laurie Rink, Coordinator

  • NHDPlus Natural Stream Flow Estimates for Colorado

Ariel Doumbouya, National Hydrography Dataset, U.S. Geological Survey

  • Linking Hydrography Data: Using the National Hydrography Dataset and the Hydrography Event Management Tools

Ariel Doumbouya, National Hydrography Dataset, U.S. Geological Survey

  • Colorado Foundation for Water Education
  • Colorado River District
  • Colorado Water Conservation Board
  • Drought Response Information Project (Grand Valley domestic water providers)
  • Tamarisk Coalition
  • Western Water & Land, Inc.