2019 Water Course

February 11, 18 & 25

6:00pm - 9:00pm
CMU University Center Ballroom - map

PARKING: You may park for free in the "permit required" spots in the garage (2nd floor and above) attached to the University Center (on 12th between Elm and Kennedy) after 5:30 pm. 

Join us for this 3-evening seminar series on water in our region!

FOR-CREDIT OPTION: CMU students can earn 1 credit for attending this series plus additional sessions on February 4 and March 4 and completing an assignment. Register for SOCI 396 Topics: CO Water Issue/Policy (CRN 46662) or POLS 495: Independent Study (CRN 46661).
K-12 Teachers can also participate in this expanded series. For more information, email hholm@coloradomesa.edu.

STREAMING: You can watch the seminar series live or later here (no registration required, but if the service works well for you, we would appreciate a contribution made here). NOTE - We ran into technical difficulties and the streaming didn't work Feb 11, but we may be able to post a recording

CONTINUING EDUCATION ACCREDITATIONS: The full 3-evening series has been approved for .6 SU credits under the CO Operators Certification Program. We have also applied for Continuing Legal Education accreditation. 



  • February 11: Introduction to Colorado Water Supply, Use and Law
    • Water Supply and Use in Colorado and the Colorado River Basin - Becky Mitchell, Director, Colorado Water Conservation Board  Presentation Slides
    • Introduction to Colorado Water Law - Rob Pierce, Attorney, Dufford, Waldeck, Milburn & Krohn, L.L.P.  Presentation Slides
  • February 18: Impacts of Drought & Aridification 
    • Impacts on fish - Lori Martin, NW Regional Aquatic Supervisor and David Graf, Regional Water Specialist, both with Colorado Parks and Wildlife
    • Increasing fire in riparian areas - Doug Paul, Wildland Fire Mitigation/ Training Officer, Bureau of Land Management
    • Impacts on Municipal Water - Randi Kim, Utilities Director, City of Grand Junction
    • Impacts on Agriculture - Paul Kehmeier, Salinity Coordinator, Colorado Department of Agriculture, and Farmer
  • February 25: Colorado River Drought Contingency Planning 
    • Why Plan? Takeaways from the Colorado River Risk Study - John Carron, Founder and Principal, Hydros Consulting
    • Overview of the Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan - Karen Kwon, First Assistant Attorney General to the Federal & Interstate Water Unit, Colorado Attorney General's Office (invited)
    • Boosting Supply through Cloud Seeding and Phreatophyte Control - Dave Kanzer, Deputy Chief Engineer, Colorado River District
    • Drought Operations at Colorado River Storage Project Reservoirs - Speaker TBA
    • Reducing Use through Demand Management:
      • Colorado Water Conservation Board Approach - Brent Newman, Section Chief, 
        Interstate, Federal, and Water Information Section, Colorado Water Conservation Board
      • Grand Valley Benefits, Risks & Opportunities - Mark Harris, General Manager, Grand Valley Water Users Association


Register or Sponsor on-line here

Register or Sponsor by mail with this form 

Cost - $45/ series or $20/ session (free for K-12 teachers and CMU students, faculty & staff; discounts for Hutchins Water Center donors; scholarships available - contact hholm@coloradomesa.edu).

Registration covers all materials + a light dinner.  



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