After 36 years working at the River District, this will be Eric Kuhn’s last seminar on staff. Now a renowned Colorado River statesman, he will give a glimpse into his upcoming memoirs via his candid, well-studied perspectives. His legacy includes many durable agreements that have brought peace to the once turbulent Colorado River; he will not only speak to the many lessons learned but of the uncertain future of the west’s lifeblood.
Keynoting the lunchtime program is Dr. Jack Schmidt (Utah State University and former Glen Canyon Monitoring and Research Center Director) who has authored a critical analysis of a controversial proposal to drain Lake Powell and fill Lake Mead first. Although the proposal is touted as a way to open up the submerged Glen Canyon, reduce evaporation and thereby increase water supply, Schmidt’s analysis raises serious questions about the technical viability of this approach.
During the main program, two western Colorado ranchers, Don Schwindt of Cortez, Bill Trampe of Gunnison and Dave Kanzer of the Colorado River District, will discuss how the move to irrigation efficiency equipment can have both desired benefits and unintended consequences, especially to late season streamflows.
Addressing one of the many complexities for the Lower Colorado River Basin will be Bill Hasencamp, Manager with Metropolitan Water District of Southern California by presenting on the challenges of the Salton Sea and the Bay-Delta.
Our line-up also includes a good report from Grand County collaborators Paul Bruchez, Mely Whiting and Lurline Curran on transforming the Upper Colorado River with healthy improvements.
Authors Heather Hansman and Eric Kuhn will discuss their respective upcoming books on the Green River and the Colorado River.
Additionally, newly named Director Becky Mitchell of the Colorado Water Conservation Board and Board members John McClow and Heather Dutton will discuss the current water picture and how to move ahead on solving Colorado’s water challenges.
The very full and detailed agenda is on line at http://www.ColoradoRiverDistrict.org. To register, please contact Meredith TODAY for the reduced rate via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 970-945-8522. Credit cards accepted.