Ditch and Reservoir Company Alliance 9th annual convention February 16-18

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From email from DARCA (John McKenzie):

Resource Allocation to Enhance Survival

Who: Ditch and Reservoir Company Alliance (DARCA)
What: An In-Depth look at Economics and the study of Resource Allocation
Where: Embassy Suites Hotel in Loveland, Colorado
When: February 16-18, 2011

The Ditch and Reservoir Company Alliance (DARCA), is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the needs of mutual ditch and reservoir companies, irrigation districts and lateral companies. This year, DARCA will be holding their Ninth Annual Convention at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Loveland, Colorado.

The Convention, Resources Allocation to Enhance Survival will be held February 16-18th and will focus on economics and resource allocation. This will be a three-day conference with a wide variety of speakers to discuss: water and the Colorado economy; tax and accounting issues; what assets ditch companies own, and the best ways to utilize such assets; on-farm irrigation optimization; and managing the lateral ditch company.

Speakers will include ditch company members, farmers, researchers, economists, and government officials. The Keynote Speaker, John Stulp, is a Special Policy Advisory to the Governor, and Director of the Interbasin Compact Committee (IBCC). Heather L. Bailey, a State and National Register Historian will be present to discuss issues and concerns with Historical Ditches and the National Register of Historic Places. Day one of the convention, Thursday February 17th, will focus on Laying the Groundwork. Registration and Breakfast will start at 8 a.m. and the day will end with drinks and hors d’oeuvres at 5:30 p.m. The second day of the convention will be Friday, February 18th and will focus on DARCA Business beginning at 8 a.m. and ending at 12 p.m.

The Pre-Convention Workshop, Low Head Hydroelectric Opportunities, will be held Wednesday, February 16th from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District in Berthoud, Colorado. This workshop will explore the possibilities to generate hydroelectric power from irrigation ditches, and discuss emerging technological advances that will help enhance this method of renewable energy.

For full schedule of events and more information regarding convention registration as well as sponsorship or exhibitor opportunities please visit http://www.darca.org or contact John McKenzie at (970) 412-1960 or john.mckenzie@darca.org.

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