Water for Agriculture
Feb 11, 18 & 25 from 6-9pm
CMU's University Center Ballroom, Grand Junction, CO
Will be live-streamed (but not stored for later viewing) at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/coloradomesalive
If you choose this option and it works well for you, please pay a $10 fee by clicking here.
Continuing education: The 2015 Water Course has been approved for .6 SU credits from the CO Operators Certification Program; certificates of completion will be provided upon request.
Feb 11, 6-9pm: Legal and Climate Context for Irrigated Agriculture in Colorado
- Overview of Colorado hydrology and climate factors relevant to irrigated agriculture - Dr. Gigi Richard, Professor, Physical and Environmental Sciences, CMU.
- Overview of Colorado water law, focusing on issues relevant to irrigated agriculture - Attorney Kirsten Kurath of Williams, Turner & Holmes, PC.
Feb 18, 6-9pm: Water Use and Economics
- How much water agriculture uses; pros and cons of irrigation efficiency - Dr. Perry Cabot, Western Region Water Resources Specialist, Colorado Water Institute
- Local examples of efficiency projects - Kevin Conrad, Grand Valley Water Users; David Harold, Delta County farmer (invited)
- Economic contribution of irrigated agriculture and economic issues faced by farmers and ranchers - Jesse Russell, Agriculture and Business Management Specialist, CSU Extension.
- Producer perspectives: Carlyle Currier, Rancher; Bruce Talbott, Fruit-grower, Joe Bernal, Rowcrop farmer.
Feb 25, 6-9pm: Future of irrigated agriculture in Colorado and the Colorado Basin
- Agriculture's place in Colorado's Water Plan - Brent Newman, Colorado Water Conservation Board.
- Agriculture in the context of Colorado Basin-wide water challenges - Ken Nowak, US Bureau of Reclamation.
- Innovations and perspectives: Kim Albertson, Grand Valley Water Users Association; Greg Trainor, former Grand Junction Utilities Director; Steve Fletcher, Uncompahgre Valley Water Users Association; Dan Birch, Colorado River District
Cost is $45 for the whole series or $20/ session.*
*FREE for K-12 teachers and Colorado Mesa University students, staff and faculty. Scholarships also available for others who show financial need.
*Water Center financial supporters receive discounted admission: $35 for the whole series or $15/ session; course is free for CMU students and employees.
Discounts are applied in the on-line registration process.
For more information:
Call 970-248-1968 or email
Benefits of sponsoring the Water Course include:
- Recognition in the program and on this website
- Multiple registrations
- The opportunity to provide handouts to course participants.