2014 Annual Water Seminar, Sept. 19, 2014, Grand Junction, CO "Growing the River: Is It All About Ag?" As
long-term drought, future population growth and greater demands on the
river dominate the news, all eyes are turned to agriculture as a way to
find so called new water for municipal uses. Ag is also a target for
solving operation issues at the two big reservoirs, Powell and Mead.
These issues and more were discussed at our recent seminar.
9:00 Introductions: John Justman, Colorado River District Board Director, Mesa County
9:40 Over-Allocation of the River: Now It Means Something - Brad Udall,
Senior Water and Climate Research Scientist and Scholar at the Colorado
Water Institute, Colorado State University, will turn back the clock to
illustrate how the Colorado River got to its over-allocation diet and
will relate that history to current events concerning the low reservoir
levels at Powell and Mead.
10:50 Can Ag Be Efficient, Can Ag Be Sustained? - Dr. Perry Cabot,
Research Scientist and Extension Specialist, Colorado Water Institute
at Colorado State University, digs into the topics that have everyone
hoping that ag efficiency and conservation can save the day without losing ag in the process. He will also explain the nuances between conservation and efficiency.
11:30 The Colorado Basin Can't Afford to Lose Ag - Aaron Citron,
Project Manager and Attorney for the Environmental Defense Fund's
Colorado River Project, based in Boulder, Colorado, addresses the view
from the environmental community that the buying and drying of agriculture is a sure way to wither more than the land.
Guest Speaker Kevin Fedarko - the author will speak on his book, The
Emerald Mile, The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History Through the
Heart of the Grand Canyon, and his current concerns for survival of the
Grand Canyon as we know it.
1:45 The Colorado River System Conservation Program: What Is It? - Marc Waage,
Manager of Resource Planning for Denver Water, will report on how the
Central Arizona Project, Denver Water, The Metropolitan Water District
of Southern California and Southern Nevada Water Authority are
partnering with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to contribute $11 million
to fund pilot Colorado River water conservation projects.
2:45 Panel Discussion: Interpreting What We've Heard - Chris Treese, External Affairs Manager of the Colorado River
District, will moderate a panel that includes speakers Brad Udall,
Perry Cabot, Aaron Citron, Marc Waage and Mark Harris. They will be
joined by two agriculture producers, Dixie Luke of the North Fork and
John Harold of the Uncompahgre.
The video recording will be made available through this website immediately upon availability.
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-