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2016 Upper Colorado River Basin Water Forum

COMPLEX SYSTEMS IN FLUX: 

Changing Relationships between Water, People and the Environment

November 2-3, 2016
University Center, Main Campus, Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction, CO 
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Keynote Speakers 

Jack Schmidt, Professor of Watershed Sciences, Utah State University
Competing objectives for the Colorado River – water supply, hydropower, and river rehabilitation - 
Can we have it all? 

Tom Buschatzke, Director, Arizona Department of Water Resources
Lower Basin Drought Contingency Planning

PROGRAM 
Program with Presentation Abstracts & Presenter Biographies

Presentations

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8:30       Morning Keynote: Competing objectives for the Colorado River – water supply, hydropower, and river rehabilitation -- Can we have it all?
Jack Schmidt, Professor of Watershed Sciences, Utah State University

9:25        Integrated Water Planning: addressing environmental needs along with consumptive needs
              Moderator: Corey Beaugh, CO Division of Water Resources


10:45     Emerging challenges in the Upper Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery Program
              Moderator: Tom Chart, Upper Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery Program

12:15     Lunch/ Poster Session
Posters

  • National Water Resources Monitoring and Outlook: Meeting water managers’ needs for timely water intelligence
    Michelle Stokes, NOAA Colorado Basin River Forecast Center
  • Grand Valley Salinity Loading to the Colorado River
    Rondelle Whittle, Colorado Mesa University

 

1:45        River Restoration in the context of other uses
              Moderator: Bruce Smith, Western Water and Land

2:50        Forecasting Streamflow & reservoir conditions
              Moderator:  Aldis Strautins, National Weather Service

4:00        Reception
               Presentation: Your Dolores Photo Series – Cody Perry, Rig to Flip
              
 

November 3

8:00       Morning Keynote: Lower Basin Drought Contingency Planning
              Tom Buschatzke, Director, Arizona Department of Water Resources

8:55        Balancing full development of Colorado River compact entitlements with system conservation
               Moderator: John McClow, Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District

9:55        Break

10:15     Assessing and Addressing the Potential for Overdevelopment in the Upper Basin
               
Moderator: Eric Kuhn, Colorado River District

11:20     Demand Management in Agriculture: Potential and limitations of alternative transfer methods
             
Moderator: MaryLou Smith, Colorado Water Institute, Colorado State University

 

12:20     Lunch

1:20        Demand Management in Cities: Can we conserve our way out of crisis?
               
Moderator: Larry Clever, Ute Water

2:25        Ethical and Cultural Considerations for Water Allocation
Moderator: Jeff Sellen, Western State Colorado University

3:25        Closing Remarks/ Adjourn