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2015 Annual Conference

70 Years of Communications and Collaborations

December 16-18, 2015


2015 CRWUA Conference Highlights

December 16

  • Colorado River 101 (Video)
    - The Honorable Gregory Hobbs (retired), Former Justice, Colorado Supreme Court (PPT Presentation)
  • Drought Colloquium
    - Moderator: Christine Finlinson, Governmental Affairs Director, Central Utah Water Conservancy District
    - Angela Adams, Open Water Data Initiative Drought Use Case Team Leader, U.S. Department of the Interior (PPT Presentation)
    - Jeremy Aguero, Principal Analyst, Applied Analysis (PPT Presentation)
    - Cort Lambson, Project Manager, Central Utah Water Conservancy District
    - Steve Thurin, Senior Water Resources Engineer, HDR, Inc. (PPT Presentation)
    - Tony Willardson, Executive Director, Western States Water Council (PPT Presentation)
  • Legal Colloquium
    System Conservation Pilot Program
    - Moderator: Keith Burron, Senior Counsel, Crowley Fleck PLLP
    - Shanti Rosset, Assistant Attorney General, Office of the Colorado Attorney General 
    - Colby Pellegrino, Colorado River Programs Manager, Southern Nevada Water Authority (PPT Presentation)
    - Steve Wolff, Colorado River Coordinator, Wyoming State Engineer's Office (PPT Presentation)
    Tribal Water Transfers
    - Moderator: Darryl Vigil, Water Administrator, Jicarilla Apache Nation
    - Mason Morisset, Attorney at Law, Morisset, Schlosser, Jozwiak & Somerville (PPT Presentation)
    - Stanley M. Pollack, Assistant Attorney General, Navajo Nation Department of Justice (PPT Presentation)
    - Margaret Vick, JSD, Legal Counsel, Colorado River Tribes (PPT Presentation)


December 17

  • Welcome: Video Presentation: "70 Years of CRWUA" (Video)
    - David Modeer, CRWUA President
  • Keynote Address: Basin Perspectives and Challenges, Past and Present
    - Moderator: Jim Lochhead, CEO, Denver Water
    - Ken Salazar, U.S. Secretary of the Interior, 2009-2013
    - Jeff Kightlinger, General Manager, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
    - Robert Snow, Office of the Solicitor, U.S. Department of the Interior (PPT Presentation)
  • More Slices Than Pie: Structural Deficit on the Colorado (Video)
    - Moderator: John Fleck, Writer in Residence, University of New Mexico Water Resources Program
    - Bill Hasencamp, Manager, Colorado River Resources, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
    - Eric Kuhn, General Manager, Colorado River District (PPT Presentation)
    - Tom McCann, Deputy General Manager, Central Arizona Project
    - Gregory Walch, General Counsel, Southern Nevada Water Authority (PPT Presentation)
  • Aging Arteries: Repairing and Replacing Water
    - Moderator: Dave Johnson, Deputy General Manager, Southern Nevada Water Authority
    - Brian Buzard, Maintenance Control Manager, Central Arizona Project
    - Darrin Francom, Centralized Maintenance Manager, Central Arizona Project (PPT Presentation)
    - Heath Clark, Project Manager, Central Utah Water Conservancy District (PPT Presentation)
    - Charles Scott, Engineering Project Manager, Southern Nevada Water Authority (PPT Presentation)
  • Thirsty Fields in a Drying Landscape: The Future of Basin Agriculture
    - Moderator: Jeanine Jones, Interstate Resources Manager, California Department of Water Resources
    - Carlyle Currier, Vice President, Colorado Farm Bureau
    - Brett Moline, Director of Public and Governmental Affairs, Wyoming Farm Bureau
    - Dave Puglia, Executive Vice President, Western Growers Association
    - Joe Sigg, Director of Government Relations, Arizona Farm Bureau
    - Dr. Reagan M. Waskom, Director of Colorado Water Institute, Colorado State University (PPT Presentation)


December 18

  • Federal Friday (Video)
    - Estevan López, Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation
    - Edward Drusina, U.S. Commissioner, International Boundary and Water Commission (PPT Presentation)
    - Dr. Roberto Salmón Castelo, Director General, Comisión Internacional del Límites y Agua (Mexican Commissioner, International Boundary and Water Commission) (PPT Presentation)
    - Victor Alcocer, Subdirector General, Comisión Nacional del Agua (Deputy Director, Mexican National Water Commission) (PPT Presentation)
    - Mike Connor, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of the Interior
  • Business Meeting (Video)