From YourHub (Cathy Proctor):
Tackling the challenges surrounding climate change and water supply will require collaboration and creative thinking, Colorado’s top water leaders and senior federal officials agreed Thursday.
More than a dozen state officials and water leaders from across the state met at Denver Water’s Operations Complex with Department of the Interior Secretary Deb Haaland to discuss the impacts of climate change, the ongoing drought across the Colorado River Basin and how leadership and collaboration at every level will be needed to help address it.
After the discussion, Jim Lochhead, Denver Water’s CEO/Manager, welcomed the group — which included Interior’s Assistant Secretary for Water and Science Tanya Trujillo, Colorado Congresswoman Diana DeGette, Rebecca Mitchell, director of the Colorado Water Conservation Board, and Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Kate Greenberg — to a news conference at the utility’s Administration Building, completed in 2019, that is itself a demonstration of the future of water and water efficiency in an urban setting.
Lochhead said the roundtable also included a discussion of the investments Denver Water is making in watershed health, through its From Forests to Faucets program that includes partners at the state and federal level, water conservation, resiliency and sustainability.
Haaland said she was glad to tour “this beautiful building” and praised the roundtable for bringing a wide range of people together for a thoughtful and important discussion…
Greenberg said it meant a lot to the people working across Colorado’s agriculture sector to know issues surrounding climate change were “top of mind” at both the state and federal level…
Attendees at the water leaders’ roundtable discussion were:
Deb Haaland, Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior. Tanya Trujillo, Assistant Secretary for Water and Science, U.S. Department of Interior. Davis Raff, Chief Engineer, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. Carly Jerla, Senior Water Resources Program Manager, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. Diana DeGette, U.S. Representative for Colorado’s First Congressional District. Colorado Gov. Jared Polis. Colorado Lt. Governor Dianne Primavera. Kate Greenberg, Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture. Dan Gibbs, Executive Director, Colorado Department of Natural Resources. Rebecca Mitchell, Director, Colorado Water Conservation Board. Jim Lochhead, CEO/Manager, Denver Water. Christine Arbogast, representing Colorado Water Congress. Peter Fleming, General Counsel, Colorado River Water District. Jim Broderick, Executive Director, Southeastern Colorado Water Conservation District. Ken Curtis, General Manager, Dolores Water District Manager (retired). Steve Wolff, General Manager, Southwest Water Conservation District. Jennifer Pitt, Colorado River Program Director, National Audubon Society