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2016 Annual Conference

Forge the Future: Collaborate, Innovate and Communicate

December 14-16, 2016


2016 CRWUA 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 Presentation)
  • 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 Presentation)
    - Karen Raucher, Senior Policy Analyst, Abt Associates (PPT Presentation)
    - Micheal Schneweis, Senior Management Analyst, Southern Nevada Water Authority (PPT Presentation)
    - Billy Vassiliadis, CEO and Principal, R&R Partners (PPT Presentation)
  • 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 Presentation)
    - Freddie Lamm, Ph.D., Professor & Research Irrigation Engineer, Kansas State University (PPT Presentation)


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 Presentation)
    Jeff Kightlinger, General Manager, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (PPT Presentation)
    John Powell Jr., President, Board of Directors, Coachella Valley Water District (PPT Presentation)
  • 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 Presentation)
    - Kristin Green, Senior Hydrologist, New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission (PPT Presentation)
    Chris Harris, Deputy Director, Colorado River Board of California (PDF Presentation)
    Edalin Kozoil, Policy Associate, The Nature Conservancy - Colorado River Program (PPT Presentation)
  • 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 Presentation)
    Karletta Chief, Ph.D., Assistant Professor & Extension Specialist, University of Arizona (PPT Presentation)
    Butch Tongate, Ph.D., Cabinet Secretary, State of New Mexico Environment Department (PPT Presentation)
  • Tracking the Waters: Reclamation and the Ten Tribes Partnership Tribal Water Study (PDF Intro Slides) (PPT Panel Presentation)
    - 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 Presentation)
    Allen Carlisle, General Manager, Padre Dam Municipal Water District (Video)
    Paul Jones, General Manager, Eastern Municipal Water District (PPT Presentation)
  • 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 Presentation)
    Laura McCarthy, New Mexico Associate State Director, The Nature Conservancy (PPT Presentation)
    Rick Shean, Water Quality Hydrologist, Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority (PPT Presentation)
    Phoebe Suina, Project Manager & Owner, High Water Mark, LLC (PDF Presentation)


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 Presentation)
  • Federal Friday