2017 Conference

Many Instruments, One Orchestra: The Music of the Basin

December 13-15, 2017

Conference Highlights

December 13


Colorado River 101 - A Visit with Justice Hobbs | PPT ⟶

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


Colloquium - #Now - How Social Media Is Changing the Way We Conduct Water Communication

• Moderator: Heather Macre, Board Member, Central Arizona Project

• Stacy Chesney, Media Communications Manager, Central Arizona Project | PPT ⟶

• John Orr, Social Media Coordinator, Colorado River Water Users Association | PPT ⟶

• Monika Medina, Principal Public Affairs Representative, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California | PPT ⟶

• Ry Rivard, Staff Writer, Voice of San Diego

• Lisa Story, Communication Services Manager, Southern Nevada Water Authority | PPT ⟶


Colloquium - Singing a Challenging Tune: Harmonizing Dams and Environmental Mitigation

• Moderator: Dr. Jack Schmidt, Professor of Watershed Sciences, Utah State University

• Jack Schmidt, Professor of Watershed Sciences, Utah State University | PPT ⟶

• Paul Grams, Research Hydrologist, US Geological Survey | PPT ⟶

• Theodore Kennedy, Research Ecologist, US Geological Survey | PPT ⟶

• Patrick Shafroth, Research Ecologist, US Geological Survey | PPT ⟶

• Charles Yackulic, Research Statistician, US Geological Survey | PPT ⟶

December 14


Welcome - Video Presentation: California and the Colorado River Basin: Seeing the Future Through the Lens of Cooperation | Video ⟶

• Bart Fisher, CRWUA President


Keynote Panel - A Ballet in the Making: Choreographing Issues Across the Basin | Video ⟶

• Moderator: Eric Kuhn, General Manager, Colorado River District

• Tom Buschatzke, Director, Arizona Department of Water Resources

• John Entsminger, General Manager, Southern Nevada Water Authority

• Kevin Kelley, General Manager, Imperial Irrigation District

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

• Don Ostler, Executive Director, Upper Colorado River Commission


Finding a Tempo that Works: System Conservation | Video ⟶

• Moderator: Taylor Hawes, Colorado River Program Director, The Nature Conservancy

• Amy Haas, Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel, Upper Colorado River Commission | PPT ⟶

• Mark Harris, General Manager, Grand Valley Water Users Association

• Steve Hvinden, Chief, Boulder Canyon Operations Office, US Bureau of Reclamation | PPT ⟶

• Stephen Roe Lewis, Governor, Gila River Indian Community | PPT ⟶


Lunch | Video ⟶


A Pastoral Symphony: The Farm Bill Reauthorization

• Moderator: Jeanine Jones, Interstate Water Resources Manager, California Department of Water Resources

Don Barnett, Executive Director, Colorado River Salinity Control Forum | PPT ⟶

• Tracy Streeter, Director, Kansas Water Office | PPT ⟶

• Troy Timmons, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Western Governors Association | PPT ⟶


When the Opera House Collapses: Water Supply During Natural Disasters

• Moderator: Jim Dunlap, Commissioner, San Juan River Commission

• Russ Sands, Senior Planner, The Brendle Group | PPT ⟶

• Gary Williams, Executive Director, Florida Rural Water Association | PPT ⟶


Expanding the Range of Our Instruments: Finding New Uses for Existing Infrastructure

• Moderator: Alexandra Arboleda, Board Member, Central Arizona Project

• Ken Seasholes, Resource Planning and Analysis Manager, Central Arizona Project | PPT ⟶

• Lurline Underbrink Curran, Former County Manager, Grand County, Colorado | PPT ⟶


A Challenging Orchestration: Findings from the Tribal Water Study | Video ⟶

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

• Pamela Adams, Hydrologist, US Bureau of Reclamation | PPT ⟶

• Leland Begay, Legal Counsel, Ute Mountain Ute Tribe

• Russell Begaye, President, Navajo Nation | PPT ⟶

• Lorelai Cloud, Councilwoman, Southern Ute Tribal Council | PPT ⟶

• Mason Morisset, Attorney at Law/Director, Morisset Schlosser Jozwiak & Somerville

• Margaret J. Vick, JSD | PPT ⟶

December 15


The Centennial Anniversary of the Salt River Project and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Partnership (1917 - 2017) | Video ⟶

• David Palumbo, Deputy Commissioner, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

• David Rousseau, President, Salt River Project


Mexico Delegation | Video ⟶

• Victor Alcocer, Subdirector General, Comisión Nacional del Agua (Mexican National Water Commission)

• 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