13th Annual DARCA Convention, February 11-13

Alan Ward stands at the Ewing Ditch headgate,
Alan Ward stands at the Ewing Ditch headgate,

From email from the Ditch and Reservoir Company Alliance (Christian Gilmer):

The 13th Annual Convention of the Ditch & Reservoir Company Alliance (DARCA) will be held February 11-13, 2015, at the Two Rivers Convention Center in Grand Junction, Colorado.

Thirty-two speakers are scheduled for DARCA’s Annual Convention, Colorado’s State Water Plan – The Ditch Company Perspective. The event will focus on DARCA’s efforts to provide input to the state of Colorado’s ongoing water plan. A wide variety of speakers have been invited to not only inform, but to solicit input from ditch companies and agricultural water users. Additional topics will include presentations on the California drought and their water plan, Northern Water, the history of the prior appropriation system, and the valuation of ditch companies. Colorado State Senator Gail Schwartz will address the group to discuss the Colorado General Assembly’s present and future role in the plan.

DARCA will be hosting a pre-convention workshop on Wednesday, February 11. The workshop, Technology and Ditch Companies will deal with cutting edge technologies used in water delivery systems across Colorado.

On Friday, the final day of the conference, participants may choose among three concurrent workshops:

  • Corporate Formalities of Ditch Companies – Representatives from recently incorporated ditch companies and two attorneys will be on hand to discuss the process of formally incorporating your ditch company.
  • Water Court and the Appellate Process – Three Western Slope lawyers will provide the participants with a description of the water court process and appellate system. The attorneys will discuss recent cases of interest to ditch companies.
  • Ditch Rider Issues & Rights – Ditch riders are critical members in all Colorado ditch systems. A panel of seasoned ditch riders, superintendents, an insurance provider, and a water attorney will lead the discussion on ditch rider problems and solutions.
  • Please help us spread the word. For information regarding convention registration, as well as sponsorship or exhibitor registration opportunities, please visit http://www.darca.org or contact John McKenzie at (970) 412-1960 or john.mckenzie@darca.org. Sign-up now for special early bird rate!

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