2016 Conference

Forge the Future: Collaborate, Innovate and Communicate

December 14-16, 2016

Conference Highlights

December 14


Colorado River 101

• The Honorable Gregory Hobbs (retired), Colorado Supreme Court, Senior Water Judge assigned to mediation of water cases | PPT ⟶


Communication Colloquium - Communicating the Drought: A Call to Action

• Moderator: Scott Huntley, Senior Manager of Public Services, Southern Nevada Water Authority

• John Fleck, Water Resources Program Director, University of New Mexico | PPT ⟶

• Karen Raucher, Senior Policy Analyst, Abt Associates | PPT ⟶

• Micheal Schneweis, Senior Management Analyst, Southern Nevada Water Authority | PPT ⟶

• Billy Vassiliadis, CEO and Principal, R&R Partners | PPT ⟶


Legal Colloquium

• Moderator: John Zebre, Attorney, Zebre Law Offices
The Compact on the River: The Hard, Unanswered Questions

• The Honorable Gregory Hobbs, (retired), Colorado Supreme Court

• Antonio Rossmann, Attorney, Rossmann and Moore, LLP
Navigating the Drought: Challenges & Opportunities Facing Agriculture & Our U.S.-Grown Food Supplies

• John Kruse, Ph.D., Director of Agronomy-Biologicals, Koch Biological Solutions, LLC | PPT ⟶

• Freddie Lamm, Ph.D., Professor & Research Irrigation Engineer, Kansas State University | PPT ⟶

December 15


Welcome - Video Presentation: "The Colorado River Story: Addressing Continuing Challenges with Collaboration" | Video ⟶

• Bart Fisher, CRWUA President


Keynote Address: California - Conservation, Transfers and Drought Contingency Planning in the Lower Basin

• Moderator: Bart Fisher, CRWUA President

• Tom Buschatzke, Director, Arizona Department of Water Resources

• John Entsminger, General Manager, Southern Nevada Water Authority

• Kevin Kelley, General Manager, Imperial Irrigation District | PPT ⟶

• Jeff Kightlinger, General Manager, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California | PPT ⟶

• John Powell Jr., President, Board of Directors, Coachella Valley Water District | PPT ⟶


Protecting the Waters: Collaborative Environmental Initiatives Across the Basin | Video ⟶

• Moderator: Katrina Grantz, Hydraulic Engineer, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Upper Colorado River Region

• Rob Billerbeck, Colorado River Coordinator, National Park Service | PPT ⟶

• Kristin Green, Senior Hydrologist, New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission | PPT ⟶

• Chris Harris, Deputy Director, Colorado River Board of California | PDF ⟶

• Edalin Kozoil, Policy Associate, The Nature Conservancy - Colorado River Program | PPT ⟶


Clearing the Waters: Water Quality Issues on the Colorado

• Moderator: Aaron Chavez, Executive Director, San Juan River Commission

• Peter Butler, Ph.D., Co-Coordinator, Animas River Stakeholder Group | PPT ⟶

• Karletta Chief, Ph.D., Assistant Professor & Extension Specialist, University of Arizona | PPT ⟶

• Butch Tongate, Ph.D., Cabinet Secretary, State of New Mexico Environment Department


Tracking the Waters: Reclamation and the Ten Tribes Partnership Tribal Water Study | Intro PDF ⟶ | PPT ⟶

• Moderator: Darryl Vigil, Water Administrator, Jicarilla Apache Nation

• Pamela Adams, Hydrologist, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

• Russell Begaye, President, Navajo Nation

• Dennis Patch, Chairman, Colorado River Indian Tribes

• James Prairie, Engineer, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

• Travis Wheeler, Water Resource Specialist, Southern Ute Indian Tribe


Expanding the Waters: Innovation in Reuse and Recycling

• Moderator: Tanya Trujillo, Executive Director, Colorado River Board of California

• Laura Belanger, Water Resources and Environmental Engineer, Western Resource Advocates | PPT ⟶

• Allen Carlisle, General Manager, Padre Dam Municipal Water District | Video ⟶

• Paul Jones, General Manager, Eastern Municipal Water District | PPT ⟶


Safeguarding the Waters: Forest and Watershed Management

• Moderator: Mike Greene, Manager of Water Resources, Public Service Company of New Mexico

• Mark Brehl, Assistant Fire Management Officer, Arizona State Forestry Division

• Cal Joyner, Regional Forester, U.S. Forest Service | PPT ⟶

• Laura McCarthy, New Mexico Associate State Director, The Nature Conservancy | PPT ⟶

• Rick Shean, Water Quality Hydrologist, Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority | PPT ⟶

• Phoebe Suina, Project Manager & Owner, High Water Mark, LLC | PDF ⟶

December 16


Business Meeting


Mexico Delegation | Video ⟶

• Dr. Roberto Salmón Castelo, Director General, Comisión Internacional del Límites y Agua (International Boundary and Water Commission of U.S. and Mexico)

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


Federal Friday