Leadville: Arkansas River Basin Water Forum set for April 25-26

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From email from the Interbasin Compact Committee:

Get ready for the 2012 Arkansas River Basin Water Forum taking place at the Climax-Molybdenum Leadership Center at Colorado Mountain College in Leadville, CO! See the attached program and check out the website (www.arbwf.org) for details on special lodging and registration rates

Register here for the Forum at our early rate of $45.00. Mail-in registration is also accepted and exhibitors are also welcome at the same registration rate.

Our Keynote Speaker this year will be Mr. Richard Bratton – a Salida native with state wide experience in water law, agriculture, higher education, and public service. A member of Bratton-Hill LLC, he has practiced law in Gunnison since 1958 after discharge from the Army and a stint in Denver. He was counsel to the Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District (1961-2006). Mr. Bratton is a former Chairman of Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority and founder of the Western State Water Workshop, recipient of the Colorado Water Congress Aspinall Leadership award and outstanding alumnus from CU (Law) and Western State College.

We also have interesting panels planned on the Effects of River Compact Calls, Restoration Innovations to Improve Water Quality, Source Water Planning, Advancements in the Mining Industry to Protect the River, and Trends in Agriculture.

Finally, join us for an evening on April 25 with Gillian Klucas, author of Leadville: The Struggle to Revive an American Town at the City on a Hill Coffee Shop in downtown Leadville.

Questions may be directed to Chairperson Melissa Wolfe (Colorado Mountain College) at (719) 486-4239 or the Southern Region Extension Office at (719) 545-2045.

From The Mountain Mail (Joe Stone):

Salida native Richard Bratton will deliver the keynote address at the 2012 Arkansas River Basin Water Forum April 25-26 at Colorado Mountain College in Leadville. A member of Bratton-Hill law firm, Bratton has practiced law in Gunnison since 1958. Bratton’s credentials include statewide experience in water law, agriculture, higher education and public service. Bratton served as counsel to the Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District from 1961 to 2006. He is a former chairman of Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority and founder of the Western State Water Workshop. Bratton also received the Colorado Water Congress Aspinall Leadership award and was named an outstanding alumnus of both Western State College and the University of Colorado, where he earned his law degree.

Additionally, State Climatologist Nolan Doesken will provide an assessment of the upcoming year.

More coverage from the Summit Daily News (Janice Kurbjun):

The conference also includes panel discussions on innovation in water quality protection, the effects of a Colorado River compact call, mining advancements for river protection, source water protection planning and healthy agriculture from the High Country to the grasslands. Presentations include an Arkansas Basin weather update, information on the economic value of water use in the headwaters areas and updates on the Arkansas Basin Roundtable and the Interbasin Compact Committee.

More Arkansas River basin coverage here.

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