2019 Conference

Exploring the River Together

December 11-13, 2019

Conference Highlights

December 11

Colorado River 101 - A View of the River | PDF ⟶

• Colby Pellegrino, Director of Water Resources, Southern Nevada Water Authority

Augmentation Colloquium - When Flows Are Low

• Moderator: Lisa Atkins, President, Central Arizona Water Conservation District | PDF ⟶

• Chuck Cullom, Colorado River Programs Manager, Central Arizona Project | PDF ⟶

• Candice Hasenyager, Assistant Planning Director, Utah Division of Water Resources | PDF ⟶

• Sandy Kerl, General Manager, San Diego County Water Authority | PDF ⟶

• Deven Upadhyay, Assistant General Manager/Chief Operating Officer, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California | PDF ⟶

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

Regulatory Colloquium - Rules of the River

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

• Christopher Bellona, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Colorado School of Mines | PDF ⟶

• Lowry A. Crook, Esq., Partner, Best Best & Krieger, LLP | PDF ⟶

• Maribeth Klein, Senior Attorney, Salt River Project | PDF ⟶

• Melissa Mata, Program Coordinator, San Juan River Basin Recovery Implementation Program, US Fish and Wildlife Service | PDF ⟶

December 12

Welcome - Jim Broderick, CRWUA President | Video ⟶

Commissioner's Perspective: Responding to Risk in the Colorado River Basin | Video ⟶

• Brenda Burman, Commissioner, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

DCP: An Upper Basin Perspective | Video ⟶

• Moderator: Amy Haas, Executive Director, Upper Colorado River Commission

• Rebecca Mitchell, Director, Colorado Water Conservation Board and, Commissioner, Upper Colorado River Commission

• Steve Wolff, Administrator, Interstate Streams Division, Wyoming State Engineer's Office

DCP: A Lower Basin Perspective | Video ⟶

• Thomas Buschatzke, Director, Arizona Department of Water Resources

• Chris Harris, Executive Director, Colorado River Board of California

• Colby Pellegrino, Director of Water Resources, Southern Nevada Water Authority | PDF ⟶

Interim Guidelines Discussion | Video ⟶

• Moderator: John Fleck, Director of Water Resources, The University of New Mexico

• Ted Cooke, General Manager, Central Arizona Project

• John Entsminger, General Manager, Southern Nevada Water Authority

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

• Andy Mueller, General Manager, Colorado River Water Conservation District

• Jennifer Pitt, Director, Colorado River Program, National Audubon Society

• Tina Shields, Water Department Manager, Imperial Irrigation District

• Daryl Vigil, Water Administrator, Jicarilla Apache Nation


Running the Rapids of Climate Change: What Does the Science Say?

• Moderator: Anne Castle, Senior Fellow, Getches-Wilkinson Center, University of Colorado | PDF ⟶

Katharine Jacobs, Director, Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions, University of Arizona | PDF ⟶

• Eric Kuhn, Author, Retired General Manager, Colorado River Conservation District | PDF ⟶

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

Tribal Water: Opportunities and Challenges

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

Lorelei Cloud, Councilwoman, Southern Ute Tribal Council

• Jason John, Principal Hydrologist, Navajo Nation Department of Water Resources

• Dr. Henry Martinez, General Manager, Imperial Irrigation District

Jay Weiner, Legal Counsel, Quechan Indian Tribe

Tim Williams, Chairman, Fort Mojave Indian Tribe

150th Anniversary of John Wesley Powell Expedition: A Look Into the Future of the West Through Education, Art, Science and Policy | PDF ⟶

• Moderator: Dr. Thomas Minckley, Department of Geology and Geophysics, University of Wyoming

• Jessica Flock, Wyoming History Day Coordinator, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming

• Patrick Kikut, Senior Associate Lecturer, Department of Visual and Literary Art, University of Wyoming

• Jason Robison, Law Professor, College of Law, University of Wyoming

Forecasting Beyond the Next Bend

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

• Tom Hamill, Research Meteorologist, NOAA Earth Systems Research Laboratory | PDF ⟶

• James Prairie, Hydrologic Engineer, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Center for Advanced Decision Support for Water & Environmental Systems | PDF ⟶

• Russ Sands, Senior Program Manager, Colorado Water Conservation Board, State of Colorado | PDF ⟶

December 13

Business Meeting | Video ⟶

U.S.-Mexico Conversations | Video ⟶

International Boundary and Water Commission

• Roberto Salmón Castelo, Commissioner, Mexican Section

• Jayne Harkins, P.E., Commissioner, U.S. Section

Mexico’s National Water Commission (CONAGUA)

• Victor Alcocer Yamanaka, Deputy Director General | PDF ⟶

Senior Federal Agency Water Officials Panel - Improving Inter-agency Coordination for Water Supply Reliability | Video ⟶

• Moderator: Aubrey Bettencourt, Senior Advisor, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Water & Science, U.S. Department of the Interior

U.S. Department of the Interior

• Dr. Timothy Petty, Assistant Secretary for Water and Science

• Brenda Burman, Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation

U.S. Department of Commerce/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

• Dr. Timothy Gallaudet, Assistant Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere

U.S. Department of Energy

• Daniel Simmons, Assistant Secretary for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

U.S. Department of Agriculture

• Astor Boozer, Regional Conservationist - West

U.S. Department of Environmental Protection

• Jess Kramer, Senior Counsel to the Assistant Administrator, Office of Water

Federal Friday Keynote

• David Bernhardt, Secretary, U.S. Department of the Interior | Video ⟶