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10th Annual Upper Colorado River Basin Water Forum
Coming to Terms with Limits and Uncertainty 

Keynote Speaker:  President Jonathan Nez, Navajo Nation 
Navajo Nation Water Access Challenges and Opportunities


Recording of Keynote Presentation

November 4, 6:00 – 7:00pm

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November 4

9:30 – 11:00  Upper Basin State and Tribal Leaders

Moderator: Eric Kuhn biography

  • Rebecca Mitchell, Director, Colorado Water Conservation Board biography
  • Steve Wolff, Administrator, Wyoming Interstate Streams Division biography
  • Scott McGettigan, Interstate Streams Manager, Utah Division of Water Resources biography
  • Rolf Schmidt-Petersen, Director, New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission  biography
  • Daryl Vigil, Spokesperson, Ten Tribes Partnership 
  • Amy Haas, Executive Director, Upper Colorado River Commission  biography

11:30 – 12:30pm  Lower Basin State Leaders

Moderator: John Fleck, University of New Mexico  biography

  • Tom Buschatzke, Director, Arizona Department of Water Resources biography
  • John Entsminger, General Manager, Southern Nevada Water Authority biography
  • Christopher Harris, Executive Director, Colorado River Water Board of California biography

1:30 – 3:00pm  Potential Economic Impacts of Demand Management

Moderator: Nathan Perry, Colorado Mesa University  biography

  • Potential socio-economic impacts of demand management, Brett Bovee, WestWater Research  biography
  • Potential Secondary Impacts of Agricultural Demand Management in Western Colorado
    • Doug Jeavons for the CO Water Bank Work Group  biography  paper
    • Andy Mueller, Colorado River District and CO Water Bank Work Group biography
  • Potential Regional Economic Impacts of Demand Management in Wyoming
    • Kristiana Hansen, Associate Professor, Dept. of Agricultural and Applied Economics, University of Wyoming biography
    • Steve Wolff, Administrator, Wyoming Interstate Streams Division  biography

3:30 – 5:00pm  Taking a Close Look at Upper Basin Consumptive Use Trends and Options

Moderator: Tim Casey, Colorado Mesa University  biography

  • Land use planning strategies for improving water efficiency: How growing Colorado communities continue to increase water security and reliability despite limited supplies, John Berggren, Western Resource Advocates biography  abstract
  • The great decoupling of water and growth, Brian Richter, Sustainable Waters biography  abstract  paper
  • The Impact of the Retirement of Coal-Fired Power Plants on Future Consumptive Uses of Water in the Upper Colorado River Basin, Eric Kuhn biography  abstract  paper

6:00 – 7:00pm  Keynote Presentation: President Jonathan M. Nez, Navajo Nation 

November 5

9:00am – 10:00 Responses of Natural Systems to Changing Conditions: Sediment

Moderator: Gigi Richard, Four Corners Water Center, Fort Lewis College biography

10:30am – 12:00  River Modeling Tools for Assessing Risk and Making Decisions

Moderator: Hannah Holm, Hutchins Water Center at CMU  biography  and Alan Butler (see below)

  • Bureau of Reclamation modeling approaches, Alan Butler, US Bureau of Reclamation biography
  • Colorado River Risk Study, John Carron, Hydros Consulting  biography  paper (scroll down)
  • Strategies for Managing the Colorado River in an Uncertain Future, Jian Wang, USU biography  paper
  • Lower Basin Approaches, Colby Pellegrino, Southern Nevada Water Authority biography

1:00 – 2:30pm  Three Stories of Agriculture Leadership on Colorado’s Most Pressing Water Challenges panel abstract

Moderator: Alex Funk, Colorado Water Conservation Board biography

  • Brandi Baquera, Colorado Master Irrigator  biography
  • Becca Jablonski, Colorado State University biography
  • Paul Bruchez, Reeder Creek Ranch  biography
  • Mely Whiting, Trout Unlimited  biography

3:00 – 4:00pm  Agricultural Optimization in Utah

Moderator: Jim Pokrandt, Colorado River District  biography

4:30 – 5:30pm  Upper Colorado Agricultural Producers’ Roundtable

Moderator: Luke Gingerich, J-U-B Engineers   biography

  • Pat O’Toole, Little Snake River, Wyoming and Colorado and the Family Farm Alliance biography
  • Kevin Cotner, Price River, Utah and the Carbon Canal Company  biography
  • Martin Duncan, San Juan River Dine Water Users Association biography
  • Steve Anderson, Uncompahgre Valley Water Users Association biography