Program with Abstracts + Bios + Presentations


Bridging Science, Policy & Practice

Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction, CO       November 7-8, 2018


NOTE - This page is a work in progress. We are adding abstracts, bios and presentation slides to this page as we receive them and obtain approval from the presenters. 


DRAFT PROGRAM – DAY 1 – November 7 

7:30        Registration/ Poster & Exhibit Set-Up/ Breakfast

8:00        Welcome from Colorado Mesa University President Tim Foster

8:15        Keynote for Day 1: The Drying of the Colorado River Basin: Lessons from the past 25 years applied to the next 25 years, Brad Udall, Senior Research Scientist, Colorado Water Institute  Abstract  Presentation Slides

9:20        Threats to Food – Energy – Water Security for a Colorado River Basin Provisioning Watershed  
Panel Abstract  Presentation Slides (merged)

Moderator: Dagmar K. Llewellyn, US Bureau of Reclamation  Biography
  • Katrina E. Bennett, Los Alamos National Laboratory  Biography
  • Lucas Barrett, US Bureau of Reclamation   Biography
  • Susan Behery, US Bureau of Reclamation  Biography
  • Shih-Yu Huang, Lehigh University  

10:20     Break

10:40     From Forecasting to Decision-making, and Steps in Between

Moderator: Ken Curtis, Dolores Water Conservancy District   Biography

  • Choosing your period of record when looking backwards, John Fleck, University of New Mexico    Biography    Abstract   Presentation Slides
  • Improving Seasonal Forecasting to Support Operational Decision-Making and Policy within Bureau of Reclamation Service Areas in the Upper Colorado and Rio Grande Basins, Dagmar K. Llewellyn, US Bureau of Reclamation  Biography    Abstract    Presentation Slides
  • Communicating Uncertainty and Risk in Water Resources: Using Innovative Displays of Hydrologic Ensemble Data, Richard Koehler, NOAA/ National Weather Service  Biography    Abstract  Presentation Slides
  • Multi-Objective Robust Decision Making: IWRM Transferability from a Colorado Municipality to Colorado River Basin Level Planning, Leon Basdekas, Black & Veatch  Biography   Abstract  Presentation Slides


Posters will be displayed in the lounge adjacent to the lunch area throughout the Forum

  • Addressing Threats to Water Supply Caused by Overgrown Forests and Increasing Aridity in the San Juan and Rio Chama Watersheds, Caitlin Barbour, Americorps VISA, Chama Peak Land Alliance and the US Bureau of Reclamation   Abstract
  • Blue Mesa Reservoir: Past, Present and Future, Zachary P. Dutra and Eleanor Skinner, Western Colorado State University   Dutra Biography   Skinner Biography   Abstract 
  • Stakeholder negotiations to manage flows on the Dolores River, Rica Fulton, University of Wyoming, Department of Geography   Abstract
  • An Investigation of the Selenium Concentration in Thenardite Efflorescences on Mancos Shale, Western Colorado, Rachael C. Lohse and William C. Hood, Colorado Mesa University  Biographies   Project Report
  • Using Empirical Mode Decomposition to Identify Anomalies in Flow Data and Correlations with other Environmental Data, Saul Ramirez, Brigham Young University   Biography   Abstract
  • Calculating Return Flow and Well Depletion, Collin Robinson, GuideWater    Biography    Abstract
  • Monitoring and Forecasting Precipitation Patterns and Erosion Potential to Enhance Archaeological Preservation and Decision Making, Zachary Sforzo, NASA DEVELOP National Program  Biography   Abstract

1:30        Science + Collaboration for Environmental Benefits

Moderator: Russ Walker, Colorado Mesa University  Biography

2:35        Turning Problems into Opportunity: Making ceramics from reservoir sediment, fueled by methane captured from coal mines

Christopher M. Caskey, Delta Brick and Climate  Biography   Abstract   Presentation Slides

2:55       Break

3:15        Approaches to Municipal Conservation

Moderator: John Berggren, Western Resource Advocates   Biography

  • Enhancing conservation through municipal code revisions, Marjo Curgus, Del Corazón Consulting for NW CO Council of Governments, Water Quality & Quantity Committee  Biography  Presentation Slides
  • The Cost of Municipal Conservation: Are Municipal Utilities and Environmental Organizations Being Cost-Effective in their Conservation Implementation? Ryan Shepler, WestWater Research   Biography   Abstract  Presentation Slides
  • Respondents: Randi Kim, City of Grand Junction Biography; David Everitt, City of Moab  Biography; Linn Brooks, Eagle River Water & Sanitation District   Biography

4:15        The Power of Stories to Bridge Science, Policy and Practice

Moderator: John Fleck, University of New Mexico   Biography

Presentation Slides (joint presentation)

  • Source-to-Sea on the Colorado River: The Meaning and Merits of a Popular (and Recurring) Adventure Narrative, Adrianne Kroepsch, Colorado School of Mines  Biography  Abstract
  • Rethinking John Wesley Powell: How Do We Bridge Science, Policy & Practice 150 Years After Powell’s 1869 Expedition? Sara Porterfield, Tributaries Consulting  Biography   Abstract

5:00        Reception at the Eureka Math & Science Center (5 - 10 minute walk from conference venue)


DRAFT PROGRAM – DAY 2 – November 8

7:30        Breakfast

8:15       Keynote for Day 2: Bridging Science, Policy and Practice in Colorado River Delta Restoration, Jennifer Pitt, Colorado River Program Director, Audubon  Presentation Slides

9:20      Methodologies for modeling risk on the Colorado River system

Moderator: Gigi Richard, Fort Lewis College   Biography

10:20     Break

10:40     Interstate Panel on Drought Contingency Planning

Moderator: Jennifer Gimbel, Colorado Water Institute  Biography 

12:30     Lunch/ Poster Session (see list on Day 1 section of program)

1:30        System Conservation Partnership Program – Reports from the Field

Moderator: Perry Cabot, Colorado State University   Biography

2:55        Scientific Challenges for Demand Management Programs

Moderator: Jordan Nielson, Trout Unlimited   Biography

3:55        Closing Remarks