2014 Conference

Challenged but Unbroken: Sustaining the Colorado River

December 10-12, 2014

Conference Highlights

December 10


Colorado River 101: Setting Policy for Success in Challenging Times

• Moderator: Pam Pickard, President, Board of Directors, Central Arizona Project

• James Newberry, President, Board of Directors, Colorado River District

• Randy Record, Chair, Board of Directors, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

• Mary Beth Scow, Chair, Board of Directors, Southern Nevada Water Authority


Engineering Colloquium: Navajo Reservoir Voluntary Shortage Sharing Agreement

• Moderator: Jason John, Principal Hydrologist, Navajo Nation Water Management Branch

• Ryan Christianson, Southern Water Management Group Chief, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

• Mike Green, Project Manager, PNM Water Resources

• Lionel Haskie, Operations and Maintenance Manager, Navajo Agricultural Products Industry

• Kevin Flanigan, Colorado River Bureau Chief, New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission

• Darryl Vigil, Water Administrator, Jicarilla Apache Nation


Legal Colloquium: Clean Water Act, EPA/Corps Proposed Rule on Waters of the United States

• Moderator: Keith Burron, Attorney, Associated Legal Group

• Deborah Freeman, Attorney and Shareholder, Trout, Raley, Montaño, Witwer & Freeman, P.C.

• David Johnson, Attorney, Central Arizona Project

• Melinda Kassen, Principal, Waterjamin LPC

• Don Parrish, Senior Director, Congressional Relations, American Farm Bureau Federation

December 11


Welcome and Keynote Address

• David Modeer, CRWUA President and General Manager, Central Arizona Project


Video Presentation:

• "Challenged but Unbroken: Sustaining the Colorado River"


In the Heat of the Drought: Sustaining Our Basin Supplies

• Moderator: Tom McCann, Deputy General Manager, Central Arizona Project

• John Entsminger, General Manager, Southern Nevada Water Authority

• Terry Fulp, Lower Colorado Regional Director, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

• Bill Hasencamp, Colorado River Program Manager, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

• Michael Lacey, Director, Arizona Department of Water Resources

• Don Ostler, Executive Director, Upper Colorado River Commission


To Kill a Shortage: Targeting Augmentation and Conservation

• Moderator: Chuck Cullom, Colorado River Programs Manager, Central Arizona Project | PPT ⟶

• Tom Buschatzke, Assistant Director of Water Planning, Arizona Department of Water Resources | PPT ⟶

• Barry Lawrence, Project Manager, Wyoming Water Development Office | PPT ⟶

• Jennifer McCloskey, Lower Colorado Deputy Regional Director, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation | PPT ⟶

• Roy Rasmussen, Senior Scientist, National Center for Atmospheric Research

• Greg Walch, General Counsel, Southern Nevada Water Authority | PPT ⟶


Basin Study Next Steps: Taking the Long View

• Moderator: Michael Cohen, Senior Associate, Pacific Institute

• Introduction: Carly Jerla, Operations Research Analyst, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation | PPT ⟶

• Tanya Trujillo, Executive Director, Colorado River Board of California | PPT ⟶

• Taylor Hawes, Colorado River Program Director, The Nature Conservancy | PPT ⟶

• Darryl Vigil, Chairman, Colorado River Basin Tribes Partnership | PDF ⟶

• Mark Waage, Manager of Water Resources Planning, Denver Water | PPT ⟶

• Dr. Reagan Waskom, Director, Colorado Water Institute | PPT ⟶


Environmental Restoration and the Art of Ecological Compromise - None of Us Win if All of Us Lose

• Moderator: Christopher Harris, Deputy Director, Colorado River Board of California

• 10th Anniversary Video, Lower Colorado River Multi-Species Conservation Program (LCRMSCP)

• Stacy Beaugh, Executive Director, Tamarisk Coalition | PPT ⟶

• Osvel Hinojosa Huerta, Water and Wetlands Program Director, Pronatura Noroeste | PPT ⟶

• John Swett, LCRMSCP Manager, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation | PPT ⟶


December 12


Words with Friends: Dialogues from a D.C. Perspective

• Mike Connor, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of the Interior


Mexican Delegation Presentation


• Dr. Felipe Arreguin Cortes, General Technical Deputy, Comision Nacional del Agua | PPT ⟶

• Edward Drusina, U.S. Commissioner, International Boundary and Water Commission | PPT ⟶

• Roberto Salmon, Mexican Commissioner, International Boundary and Water Commission


Adjournment