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Colorado Water Issues, Science, and Policies

September 21, 28, October 5

This seminar series will provide you with a basic understanding of water issues, science, and policies in Colorado, with a topics including hydrology, water law, water quality, and rivers.

6:00pm - 9:00pm (a light dinner will be served beginning at 5:45pm)

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!

Free for CMU students, faculty & staff and K-12 teachers - but please register.


ACADEMIC CREDIT OPTION: CMU Students may take this course for credit, with the addition of two additional meetings and an assignment. Please see academic advisor for more details. 


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September 21: Introduction to Colorado Hydrology and Water Law 

6:00 Update on Colorado River Basin Drought Planning
Hannah Holm, American Rivers, Associate Director for Policy, Southwest Region

6:15 Introduction to Colorado and Colorado River Basin Hydrology
Joel Sholtes, CMU/ CU Civil Engineering Program Asst. Teaching Professor

7:30 Introduction to Colorado Water Law
Dulcinea Z. Hanuschak, Natural Resources Lawyer, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP

September 28: Water Quality in our Watersheds, Rivers, and Faucets 

6:00 Welcome – Joel Sholtes, Coordinator, Hutchins Water Center

6:05 Post Grizzly Creek Fire Water Quality Monitoring
Paula Stepp, Middle Colorado Watershed Council

7:15 Grand Valley Water Quality and Monitoring
Angie Fowler, Water Services Sector Leader, SGM

Grand Valley Watershed Plan - 2022

8:00 PFAS and Emerging Contaminants in Environmental and Drinking Water Quality

Sierra Mitchell, PFAS Program Coordinator, CO Department of Health and Environment 

October 5: River Science and Management in the Grand Valley 

6:00 Welcome – Joel Sholtes, Coordinator, Hutchins Water Center

6:05 The Upper Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery Program
Michael Gross, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

7:15 Environmental and Instream Flow Management in the Colorado River Basin
David Graf, ISF Coordinator, Upper CO River Basin Endangered Fish Recovery Program

8:10 Riparian Health and Restoration in the Grand Valley
Christine Prins, Private Lands Biologist, RiversEdge West



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 City of Grand Junction

Russell George