SAVE the DATE: 2014 Annual Water Seminar: Fri., Sept. 19, 2014 Two Rivers Convention Center, Grand Junction, CO
Recap of our 2013 Annual Water Seminar"Shrinking in Supply - Growing in Demand" Program titles are linked to a pdf of the stated presentation. The terms "Video Footage" are linked to videos on YouTube.
Change: It is for Certain Eric Kuhn, Colorado River District GM provides an insightful overview of troubling trends leading to alarming issues such as: drought diminishing snowpack declining storage in and operational changes to critical Lake Powell
Level With Us: Whither Lake Powell Malcolm Wilson, Chief, Water Resources Group, Upper Colorado Region of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation explains the record setting drought-induced decision to reduce water releases in 2014 from Lake Powell to Lake Mead and the potential concern for the millions who depend on the Colorado River
Putting Conservation on the Table: The Sterling Ranch Harold Smethills, Principal and Managing Director of Sterling Ranch, and Beorn Courtney, Director of Water Resources Engineering, Headwaters Corporation, describe the Water Conservation Plan for Sterling Ranch, a new community south of Denver. The plan involves several projects that integrate water demand management with water supply planning and include clustering homes, water efficient landscaping and rain water collection. Video Footage The Colorado Water Plan: A Call and Response James Eklund, Director of the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB), discusses Gov. Hickenlooper's recent Executive Order directing the development of a long-term Colorado Water Plan (CWP) and the challenges of implementing water supply solutions that meet Colorado's future water needs
A Response From Both Sides of the Continental Divide: How Does This Play Out The Colorado Water Plan is to leverage and integrate nine years of work by Colorado's Basin Roundtables, the Interbasin Compact Committee and the CWCB.
A panel discussion will be conducted by Basin Roundtable representatives:
state water plan and Lake Powell woes Since the 1980s, warmer spring temperatures in the Rocky Mountain region have been melting the snowpack earlier, with increasing temperatures tabbed as the main factor in the decline, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The agency carefully tracks streamflows and snowpack measurements, with decades of data now showing clear trends toward shorter winters, earlier spring runoff and an overall 20 percent shrinkage of the snowpack in the mountains of the western U.S. The researchers say at least part of the changes are due to global warming caused by heat-trapping greenhouse gases, but that natural variability is also a factor. Regardless of the exact cause, the snowpack decline is already causing major headaches for water managers in the region facing dwindling supplies and increased demand. -Coverage at Summit Voice-
2011 "Seeking Balance Under Imbalanced Conditions" Supply and Demand on an Imbalanced Colorado River Since 2007 a coalition of West Slope water users and Denver Water have been talking through a mediated agreement that will set a new tone and era of cooperation of how water is diverted to the East Slope while offering protections to the West Slope. This seminar provided an opportunity to learn about this work-in-progress.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration How big was the runoff? What do the new 30-year averages mean to forecasting? Kevin Werner, Hydrologist, Colorado River Basin Forecast Center For most of the last century and all this one, the West Slope and Denver Water have been contesting the manner and means of how the waters of the Colorado River can be moved from west to east to serve the metropolitan area. Risk Management Strategies for the Upper Colorado River Basin How should the risk of a Colorado River Compact curtailment on Colorado water users be viewed as new water development continues? Eric Kuhn, General Manager, Colorado River District
Rethinking the Future of the Colorado River A project of the Colorado University School of Law"s Natural Resources Law Center that re-examines the structure and functioning of the "Law of the River,"the suite of laws and policies governing water allocation and river management. Professor Mark Squillace, Director, Natural Resources Law Center
Stranger in a Strange Land: Lessons From an Extended Stay in Australia Brad Udall of the Western Water Assessment, a collaboration of Colorado University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration based in Boulder, lived in Adelaide, South Australia, from March to June 2011 working with the state's Department for Water. He will discuss his Australian experience and the many lessons that might be applied to Colorado's water problems.
Colorado River Cooperative Agreement Update What's up with the historical, proposed peace agreement between Denver Water and the West Slope in the battle over the Colorado River? What are the next steps to ratification? What lessons does the proposal hold for the Colorado River Basin as it tries to develop a comprehensive approach to dealing with the Front Range? How it might fit the overall strategy to develop Colorado River water? Peter Fleming, General Counsel, Colorado River District Dave Little, Director of Planning, Denver Water
West Slope Family Feud (or Not) Does the West Slope have anything more to offer the Front Range to help close the water-supply gap that will stalk a predicted doubling of Colorado's population by 2050? The Colorado River mainstem is about to give more. What can the other basin's do? John McClow, General Counsel, Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District, Colorado Water Conservation Board member, Interbasin Compact Committee member Panel of Four West Slope Roundtable members responding ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 2010 "Minding the Gap" Sept. 16, 2010, Grand Junction, CO Program and presentations: Andy Mueller, President, Colorado River District Board of Directors Chris Treese, Manager, External Affairs Can the West Slope and Denver Water Find Common Ground? An examination of a mediated solution on a water supply future Jim Lochhead, CEO/Manager, Denver Water Eric Kuhn, General Manager, Colorado River District Peter Fleming, General Counsel, Colorado River District James Newberry, Commissioner, Grand County Mark Hermundstad, Attorney, Grand Valley Participants
State Water Funding Hits Drought. Can Climate Change Save It? Kathleen Curry, Colorado State Representative Good to the Last Drop: Operations on the Colorado River in the Lower Basin Terry Fulp, Lower Colorado River Deputy Director, Bureau of Reclamation (presentation)
Keynote Address: Anne Castle, Assistant U.S. Secretary of the Interior for Water and Science,Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C. Newly confirmed U.S. Assistant Secretary of the Interior Anne Castle addressed how changes in the Obama administration will effect water issues in the Colorado River Basin.
The Colorado River Water Availability Study: Reports on Consumptive Use and Hydrology Findings Ben Harding, AMEC Earth & Environmental Inc. Erin Wilson, Leonard Rice Engineers (presentation)
If There's Enough Water, Is There a Transmountain Diversion? Eric Kuhn, General Manager, Colorado River District (presentation) Eric Hecox, Section Chief, Colorado Water Conservation Board's Intrastate Water Management and Development Section (presentation) Mark Pifher, Director, Aurora Water
Can Colorado develop in-state agreements to ensure water is available for West Slope uses in the future? Or will it all go to the rapidly growing Front Range simple because it needs the water now? How should Colorado deal with the last increment of the Colorado River that can be developed? By law, Colorado must allow about 70 percent of the river and its tributaries flow past the state border to satisfy the Colorado River Compact and meet downstate obligations in California, Nevada and Arizona. It is a goal of the Colorado River District to avoid a compact curtailment in Colorado. In other river basins, such as the Arkansas and the South Platte local water users feel the economic pain of compact administration every year. How Colorado should deal with the last increment of the Colorado River that can be developed was examined at the 2008 Water Seminar.
2008 seminar media coverage
Oil shale water woes: Denver, Western Slope officials cite huge demands for resource Snarfing down an entire bag of potato chips shouldn't make you feel as guilty anymore, thanks to Denver Water and Frito-Lay. It's not about the oil the chips are fried in, but the water used to wash the potatoes, Melissa Elliott told 200 water leaders gathered at Grand Junction's Two Rivers Convention Center on Friday. "At the Frito-Lay plant in Denver, potatoes are washed in water that has been washed and recycled," Elliott said. "They save about 40 acre-feet of water a year." That's enough to meet the annual needs of 40 households.
However, the water required by snack food companies adds up to small potatoes when compared to the "800-pound gorilla" Dan Birch described to those attending the annual water seminar hosted by the Colorado River Water Conservation District. -Coverage in The Steamboat Pilot-
Water group offers vision of how Front Range's future will flow In 50 years, housing developments will be packed tight, water prices will be sky high and cities such as Denver, Fort Collins and Colorado Springs will share their expensive water systems instead of insisting that everything remain separate, as they do today. Or that's what a powerful new coalition of cities, known as the Front Range Water Council, believes must occur to stave off looming water shortages.....
"We know there is a better way to do things," said Eric Wilkinson, manager of the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District, which serves Fort Collins, Loveland and Greeley, among others.
Wilkinson's comments came Friday at a meeting of more than 200 water managers and elected officials gathering at the Colorado River District's Annual Water Seminar. -Coverage in The Rocky Mountain News-
'Oil shale 800-pound gorilla' with predictions of water use Oil shale will be the biggest consumer of Western Slope water in the coming decades, assuming it's developed at all. "Oil shale is the 800-pound gorilla" in the computations aimed at predicting the region's water use, Dan R. Birch, deputy general manager of the Colorado River Water Conservation District, told more than 200 people Friday at the district's annual seminar in Grand Junction. Birch was addressing the preliminary findings of an energy supply water study commissioned by the Colorado Basin and Yampa-White Roundtables. -Coverage in The Daily Sentinel-Water resources discussed at seminarIt's our most precious natural resource, water. At Friday's Colorado River district annual water seminar, speakers focused on how the state should deal with the last segment of Colorado River that can be developed. -Coverage by KJCT-TV in Grand Junction-
Future energy development and its demand on water supplies in Western Colorado was explored. Looming questions, especially for oil shale development, concern water supply and water quality especially given the fact that Colorado faces limits on how much water it can develop from the Colorado River system and energy needs compete with population growth, agriculture, recreation and the environment.
2006 "River of Shortages: Drought, Demand and Consensus for the Colorado"
Focus was on the Seven States' shortages agreement forged earlier this year among Arizona, California, Nevada (the Lower Basin states) and Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and New Mexico (the Upper Basin states).