From email from the Colorado River District (Jim Pokrandt):
From California to Colorado: dealing with drought today and planning for it tomorrow
The Colorado River District’s popular one-day Annual Water Seminar is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 10th from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm at Two Rivers Convention Center, 159 Main Street, Grand Junction, CO.
The theme is: “Will What’s Happening in California Stay in California?” Cost, which includes lunch, is $30 if pre-registered by Friday, Sept. 4; $40 at the door.
Speakers will draw a thread from the Pacific Ocean to Colorado River, looking at the basics of climate and weather generated by the warming Pacific, dire drought in California and related reactions, the still-on-the-drawing board plans to deal with record low water reservoir levels at Lakes Powell and Mead, and finally, an analysis of soon-to-be-finalized Colorado’s Water Plan.
The keynote speaker will be Jennifer Gimbel, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Water and Science, U.S. Department of the Interior. Gimbel oversees the Bureau of Reclamation and will provide insights to the federal responses to western water crises in California and the Colorado River Basin.
Klaus Wolter, a pre-eminent climate expert will review regional hydrological conditions and preview the growing El Nino conditions in the Pacific and what they might do to our snowpack this winter. He is a research scientist at the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory’s Physical Sciences Division in Boulder and is not only renowned as a world class scientist but as somewhat of a maverick in his field.
Mark Cowin, director of the California Department of Water Resources, will give the insider’s look to how California is suffering under a record drought and how the state has cut back on water users’ entitlements. Cowin heads a department that protects, conserves and manages the state’s water supply, including operation of the California State Water Project (SWP). The SWP is the largest state-run, multi-purpose water and power system in the United States. It provides a supplemental water source for more than 25 million Californians and about 750,000 acres of irrigated farmland, and directly sustains over $400 billion of the state’s economy.
Also at the seminar, Colorado River District staff will speak to its policy initiative, a new paradigm in Colorado water planning: protecting existing water uses, especially irrigated agriculture in Western Colorado, in the face of diminishing supplies and increasing demands. Although many are saying that a new transmountain diversion (TMD) is a focal point in Colorado’s Water Plan, the seminar will assert that ensuring long-term water supply certainty for current uses is a top priority commanding immediate attention.
Other national experts and officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will address the future needs of irrigated agriculture with respect to new technology, efficiency, conservation planning, financing and more.
More Colorado River Water Conservancy District coverage here.