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2017 Annual Conference

Many Instruments, One Orchestra: The Music of the Basin

December 13-15, 2017


2017 CRWUA Conference Highlights

December 13

  • Colorado River 101 - A Visit with Justice Hobbs (PPT Presentation)
    - 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 Presentation)
    - John Orr, Social Media Coordinator, Colorado River Water Users Association (PPT Presentation)
    Monika Medina, Principal Public Affairs Representative, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (PPT Presentation)
    - Ry Rivard, Staff Writer, Voice of San Diego
    - Lisa Story, Communication Services Manager, Southern Nevada Water Authority (PPT Presentation)
  • 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 Presentation)
    - Paul Grams, Research Hydrologist, US Geological Survey (PPT Presentation)
    - Theodore Kennedy, Research Ecologist, US Geological Survey (PPT Presentation)
    - Patrick Shafroth, Research Ecologist, US Geological Survey (PPT Presentation)
    - Charles Yackulic, Research Statistician, US Geological Survey (PPT Presentation)


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 Presentation)
    - Mark Harris, General Manager, Grand Valley Water Users Association 
    - Steve Hvinden, Chief, Boulder Canyon Operations Office, US Bureau of Reclamation (PPT Presentation) 
    Stephen Roe Lewis, Governor, Gila River Indian Community (PPT Presentation)
  • 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 Presentation)
    - Tracy Streeter, Director, Kansas Water Office (PPT Presentation)
    - Troy Timmons, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Western Governors Association (PPT Presentation)
  • 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 Presentation)
    - Gary Williams, Executive Director, Florida Rural Water Association (PPT Presentation)
  • 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 Presentation)
    - Lurline Underbrink Curran, Former County Manager, Grand County, Colorado (PPT Presentation)
  • 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 Presentation)
    - Leland Begay, Legal Counsel, Ute Mountain Ute Tribe 
    - Russell Begaye, President, Navajo Nation (PPT Presentation)
    - Lorelai Cloud, Councilwoman, Southern Ute Tribal Council (PPT Presentation)
    - Mason Morisset, Attorney at Law/Director, Morisset Schlosser Jozwiak & Somerville
    Margaret J. Vick, JSD (PPT Presentation)


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

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

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, Montaño, 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)

2013 Annual Conference

Colorado River - Committed Collaboration

December 11-13, 2013


2013 CRWUA Conference Highlights

CRWUA Thanks Ten Tribes Partnership - featured film during the conference
U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell - watch speech here or read the transcript
U.S. DOI Assistant Secretary for Water and Science Anne Castle - watch comments here


December 11

  • Ten Things You Should Know about the Ten Tribes
    - Moderator: Katosha Nakai, Manager of Tribal Relations, Central Arizona Project
    - Chemehuevi Indian Tribe - invited
    - Cocopah Indian Tribe - invited
    - Sylvia Homer, Vice Chair, Colorado River Indian Tribes
    - Timothy Williams, Chairman, Fort Mojave Indian Tribe
    - Darryl Vigil, Water Administrator, Jicarilla Apache Nation
    - Frederick H. White, Director, Division of Natural Resources, Navajo Nation
    - Gordon Howell, Chairman, Ute Indian Tribe
    - Ronda Aquerro, Vice President, Quechan Indian Tribe
    - Howard Richards, Councilman, Southern Ute Indian Tribe
    - Manuel Heart, Chairman, Ute Mountain Ute Tribe
  • Legal Colloquium: Reserved Rights and Settlements
    - Moderator: Darryl Vigil, Chair, Ten Tribes Partnership
    - Margaret Vick, Special Water Counsel, Colorado River Indian Tribes (PPT Presentation)
    -
    Herb Becker and Natasha Cuylear, Attorneys, JA Associates,  Jicarilla Apache Nation (PPT Presentation)
    -
    Stanley Pollack, Assistant Attorney General, Navajo Nation Department of Justice (PPT Presentation)
    -
    Joanne Curry, Partner, Fredericks​ Peebles and Morgan LLP, Ute​ Indian Tribe
    - Mason D. Morisset, Morisset, Schlosser, Jozwiak & Somerville, Quechan Indian Tribe (PPT Presentation)
    -
    Catherine Condon, McElroy, Meyer Walker & Condon, P.C., Southern Ute Indian Tribe (PPT Presentation)
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    Celene Hawkins, Associate General Counsel, Ute Mountain Ute Indian Tribe (PPT Presentation)
  • Engineering Colloquium: Against the Current: Answers in the Face of Adversity
    - SNWA’s Intake No. 3: Marc Jensen, Southern Nevada Water Authority Director of Engineering
    - Central Arizona Project Breach:  Greg Ramon, Central Arizona Project Assistant General Manager and Randy Randolph, Engineering Manager

 

December 12

  • Video Presentation - "Water Is Life: Committed Collaboration" (Video)
  • Keynote Speaker - The Colorado River, America's New Heartland: Reflections on a Quarter-Century
    - Pat Mulroy, General Manager, Southern Nevada Water Authority (Video)
  • Near -Term Risks: Options to Address Declining Reservoirs (2013-2019) (Video)
    - Moderator - Dennis Strong, Former Director, Utah Division of Water Resources
    - John Entsminger, Senior Deputy General Manager, Southern Nevada Water Authority (PPT Presentation)
    -
    Tom McCann, Assistant General Manager, Central Arizona Project (PPT Presentation)
    -
    Carly Jerla, Program Manager, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (PPT Presentation)
    -
    Lynn Jeka, Manager, Colorado River Storage Project Management Center, Western Area Power Adminstration, U.S. Department of Energy (PPT Presentation)
    - Eric Kuhn, General Manager, Colorado River Water Conservation District (PPT Presentation)
  • What Lies Ahead: Cooperation or Conflict? (2020-2060) (Video)
    - Moderator: Jim Lochhead, CEO/Manager, Denver Water
    - George Arthur, Past Chair, Ten Tribes Partnership
    - Taylor Hawes, Colorado River Program Director, The Nature Conservancy (PPT Presentation)
    -
    John McClow, Chair, Colorado River Water Conservation District (PPT Presentation)
    -
    Brenda Burman, Special Projects Manager, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (PPT Presentation)
  • Agriculture in the Basin: Now and Into the Future (Video)
    - Moderator: Jeanine Jones, Interstate Resources Manager, California Department of Water Resources
    - Reagan Waskom, Director, Colorado Water Institute (PPT Presentation)
    -
    Julie Shapiro, Senior Associate, The Keystone Center (PPT Presentation)

 

December 13

  • Action Is Imperative - We Need a Balanced Approach to Bridge the Gap between Supply and Demand on the Colorado River
    - Sally Jewell, Secretary, U.S. Department of the Interior (Video, PDF Transcript)

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)