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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