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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 >>
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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.  

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Gregory J. Hobbs, Jr.

CRWUA Greg HobbsGreg Hobbs, who served as a Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court from May 1, 1996 to August 31, 2015, is currently a Senior Water Judge assigned to mediation of Colorado Water Court cases. He is Co-Director of the Environmental and Natural Resources Program at the University of Denver’s Law School.

A member of the Colorado Author’s League, his books include In Praise of Fair Colorado, The Practice of Poetry, History and Judging; Colorado Mother of Rivers, Water Poems; The Public’s Water Resource, Articles on Water Law, History, and Culture; Living the Four Corners, Colorado Centennial State at the Headwaters; and Into The Grand. He holds a history degree from the University of Notre Dame (1966) and a law degree from the University of California at Berkeley (1971).

Register now for the Colorado River Water Users Association Annual Conference

Coyote Gulch Blog

Register now for the Colorado River Water Users Association Annual Conference. We have an exciting program again this year, including a Social Media Colloquium on Wednesday, December 13th, featuring a panel with social media folks from CRWUA, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Denver Water, the Southern Nevada Water Authority, and media representatives.

Learn about engaging your community through social media outreach.

The panel will include John Orr, CRWUA’s Social Media Coordinator:

John Orr writes the popular water issues blog Coyote Gulch where he covers Colorado, the Colorado River, Republican River, Arkansas River, Rio Grande River, and Platte River basins. He writes a column for Colorado Central Magazine and has written for the Colorado Independent, Cherry Creek News, and Denver Examiner.  He is active on Twitter (@CoyoteGulch), Facebook, and Linkedin. John is also a member of the Climate Reality Project giving presentations about the need to act to mitigate Climate Change. He is the CRWUA social media coordinator for Twitter (@CRWUAwater), and Instagram (crwuawater). He works for the City of Thornton, Colorado, as a Water Resources Administrator, directing the Supply and Demand Planning section, incorporating climate and weather information into operations and supply efforts. John is a graduate of Metropolitan State University of Denver.

Registration is now open for the Colorado River Water Users Association Annual Conference in Las Vegas!

We’re planning an interesting and informative conference this year, including the popular tour of Hoover Dam (Register early the tour fills up quickly). Take in the history of the Colorado River with former Colorado Supreme Court Justice, Greg Hobbs. Get up to date information about leveraging social media for your business or organization. Network with other folks from up and down the Colorado River Basin, Mexico, and the 10 Tribes Partnership. The agenda includes sessions dealing with Upper and Lower Basin issues which are always an opportunity to learn about operations on the most important river in the West. You will also be able to learn best practices for dealing with water supply during natural disasters. There will be an update on the Colorado River Basin Ten Tribes Partnership Tribal Water Study underway by the Bureau of Reclamation and plenty of time to interact with Federal and State authorities.

Click here to register.

We hope to see you December 13 -15 in Las Vegas!