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2014 Annual Conference

Challenged but Unbroken: Sustaining the Colorado River

December 10-12, 2014


2014 CRWUA 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, MontaƱo, 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 (Video)
    - Moderator: Chuck Cullom, Colorado River Programs Manager, Central Arizona Project (PPT Presentation)
    - Tom Buschatzke, Assistant Director of Water Planning, Arizona Department of Water Resources (PPT Presentation)
    - Barry Lawrence, Project Manager, Wyoming Water Development Office (PPT Presentation)
    - Jennifer McCloskey, Lower Colorado Deputy Regional Director, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (PPT Presentation)
    - Roy Rasmussen, Senior Scientist, National Center for Atmospheric Research
    - Greg Walch, General Counsel, Southern Nevada Water Authority (PPT Presentation)
  • Basin Study Next Steps: Taking the Long View (Video)
    - Moderator: Michael Cohen, Senior Associate, Pacific Institute
    - Introduction: Carly Jerla, Operations Research Analyst, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (PPS Presentation)
    - Tanya Trujillo, Executive Director, Colorado River Board of California (PPT Presentation)
    - Taylor Hawes, Colorado River Program Director, The Nature Conservancy (PPT Presentation)
    - Darryl Vigil, Chairman, Colorado River Basin Tribes Partnership (PDF)
    - Mark Waage, Manager of Water Resources Planning, Denver Water (PPT Presentation)
    - Dr. Reagan Waskom, Director, Colorado Water Institute (PPT Presentation)
  • 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 Presentation)
    - Osvel Hinojosa Huerta, Water and Wetlands Program Director, Pronatura Noroeste (PPT Presentation)
    - John Swett, LCRMSCP Manager, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (PPT Presentation)


December 12

  • Words with Friends: Dialogues from a D.C. Perspective
    - Mike Connor, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of the Interior
  • Mexican Delegation Presentation (Video)
  • - Dr. Felipe Arreguin Cortes, General Technical Deputy, Comision Nacional del Agua (PPT Presentation)
    - Edward Drusina, U.S. Commissioner, International Boundary and Water Commission (PPT Presentation)
    - Roberto Salmon, Mexican Commissioner, International Boundary and Water Commission
  • Adjournment (Video)