Climate Change Adaptation

Are you interested in Climate Change adaptation for your organization?
The CRWUA 2018 conference is the place to be December 12-14:

Climate adaptation

  • Jeanine Jones, Interstate Resources Manager, California Department of Water Resources
  • Laurna Katz, Chairwoman, Western Utility Climate Alliance
  • Muhammad Ahmud, Vice Chairman, Western Utility Climate Alliance


Here’s the link for the agenda.
Here’s the link for registration.

Laurna Kaatz, Denver Water
Laurna KaatzLaurna Kaatz is the climate science, policy, and adaptation program director for Denver Water. Her primary responsibility is to lead climate investigations and implement findings to inform planning, policy, and research. Laurna’s work incorporates many areas of water resource planning, including climate and drought planning, operational and water rights analysis, and long range integrated resource planning. As incoming Chair of the Water Utility Climate Alliance, lead practitioner of the Decision Making under Deep Uncertainty Society, and Past President of AWRA CO Section, Laurna is extensively engaged in climate preparedness and resilience. Before her career at Denver Water, Laurna was a Professor of Physics at Sweet Briar College, and then went on to work as a climate science researcher with Aurora Water. Laurna has a Master’s degree in physics and a Bachelor’s in physics and mathematics, and is currently working on her PhD.

Upper & Lower Colorado River Basin Drought Contingency Plans Discussion Panels

On Thursday, December 13th there will be panel discussions for both the Upper and Lower Colorado River Basin Drought Contingency Plan.

9:15 AM - Upper Basin DCP panel
- Moderator: Andy Mueller (CO River District GM)
- Amy Haas, Director, Upper Colorado River Commission 
- Felicity Hannay, Chairwoman, Upper Colorado River Commission Demand management

10:00 AM - MORNING BREAK

10:15 AM         Lower Basin DCP panel
- Moderator: John Fleck

11:00 AM - Municipal/Stakeholder DCP Panel

Andy Mueller


Andy Mueller
is the General Manager of the Colorado River District, taking over for longtime water leader Eric Kuhn in January 2018. Andy is an attorney, and he practiced law for man years in Ouray County before moving to Glenwood Springs about four years ago. He earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Colorado in 1995. His legal work took him across the breadth of western Colorado water, land use and economic issues.


John Fleck

John Fleck is Professor of Practice in Water Policy and Governance and Director of the University of New Mexico Water Resources Program. Much of his career was spent in journalism, focused since the 1980s on the interface between science and political and policy processes, with special emphasis on climate and water in the southwestern United States. He was the Water Resource program’s writer-in-residence for three years before transitioning to academia full time in 2016. In the field of water resources, his primary interest is in nurturing the collaborative water governance needed to adapt to scarcity in the southwestern United States as populations grow while climate change reduces water supplies.He is the author of the popular book,”Water is for Fighting Over: and Other Musths about Water in the West.”

2017 Colorado River Water Users Association Annual Convention Starts December 13

Eric Kuhn at CRWUA Conference

Eric Kuhn along the banks of the Colorado River in Glenwood Springs, former general manager of the Colorado River District. Photo via the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel.

The Colorado River Water Users Association Annual Convention starts next Wednesday, December 13, 2017. Don’t miss out on the great program!

Thursday, December 14, 2017
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Keynote Panel - Palace III
"A Ballet in the Making: Choreographing Issues Across the Basin" 

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


The folks on this panel know Colorado River issues inside and out and have been instrumental in shaping administration of the river.

Registration is still open >>
Check out the agenda >>

2018 Colorado River Water Users Association Annual Convention

Brenda Burman

Brenda Burman, Commissioner for the Bureau of Reclamation

It’s time to start planning to join the Colorado River Water User’s Association in Las Vegas for the Annual Convention. Circle December 12-14 on your calendar. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram

Remember, this is the only conference where attendees have the opportunity to network with folks up and down the Colorado River, Mexico, and the Ten Tribes Partnership.

Check this space over the next couple of months for the schedule and speaker biographies.

Here’s the link to last year’s conference video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLKt1xX6aBc&feature=youtu.be&t=2810

Singing a Challenging Tune: Harmonizing Dams and Environmental Mitigation

Hoover Dam

Don’t miss the Wednesday colloquium on coordinated operations, "Singing a Challenging Tune: Harmonizing Dams and Environmental Mitigation.” 

Moderator: Dr. Jack Schmidt, Professor of Watershed Sciences, Utah State University 

Paul Grams, Research Hydrologist, US Geological Survey

Theodore Kennedy, Research Ecologist, US Geological Survey

- Patrick Shafroth, Research Ecologist, US Geological Survey

Charles Yackulic, Research Statistician, US Geological Survey

Registration is still open.  

Check out the agenda.