University of #Denver Water Law Review Symposium, April 14-15, 2022: 100 Years of the #ColoradoRiver Compact: Flowing into a New Era #COriver #aridification

Colorado River headwaters tributary in Rocky Mountain National Park photo via Greg Hobbs.

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Here’s the release:

The University of Denver Sturm College of Law is home to the Water Law Review, the premier water law journal in the nation. This year, the annual Water Law Review symposium will celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the Colorado River Compact, a document designed to guide seven western states and Mexico in allocating and sharing water from the river.

Water is a precious resource, and the Colorado River is becoming more important than ever before due to climate change and growth of western cities putting pressure on an over-allocated resource. To learn from history, the symposium will first discuss what went into drafting the Compact 100 years ago. As a foundation for panel discussions, we will have a hydrology report to learn the state of the river and the status of this precious resource. Colorado River professionals will then come together from each of the basin states, Mexico, and the Tribes to discuss how the Compact has affected each of their communities, and how we can continue to work together to share a diminishing resource.

From the 2018 Tribal Water Study, this graphic shows the location of the 29 federally-recognized tribes in the Colorado River Basin. Map credit: USBR

We have created a unique opportunity to hear perspectives from such distinguished speakers, including our keynote speaker: Tanya Trujillo, the Assistance Secretary for Water and Science at the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Our panel speakers include:

▪ William Philpott, Associate Professor of History, University of Denver
▪ Michelle Garrison, Senior Water Resource Specialist, Colorado Water Conservation Board
▪ Terry Goddard, Attorney, President of the Central Arizona Project, Former Arizona Attorney General
▪ Peter Fleming, General Counsel, Colorado River District
▪ Daniel Galindo, Deputy Director of the Colorado River Mexican Section of the International Boundary
Water Commission
▪ Peter Ortego, General Counsel for Ute Mountain Ute
▪ Puoy Premsrirut, Attorney, Chairwoman of the Colorado River Commission of Nevada
▪ Rolf Schmidt-Petersen, Director, New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission
▪ Gene Shawcroft, Utah Colorado River Commissioner
▪ Chris Brown, Wyoming Senior Assistant Attorney General
▪ Philip Womble, Fellow, Stanford Law School; Postdoctoral Fellow, Woods Institute for the
Environment, Stanford University
▪ James Eklund, Founder of Eklund Hanlon, LLC, Former director of the Colorado Water Conservation
Board, Former Colorado River Commissioner for Colorado
▪ Amy Ostdiek, Section Chief of Interstate, Federal, and Water Information Section, Colorado Water
Conservation Board
▪ Celene Hawkins, Colorado and Colorado River Tribal Engagement Program Director
▪ Christopher Harris, Executive Director, Colorado River Board of California

The event is April 14th and 15th at the University of Denver. All Pertinent details can be found on our website. Registration ends midnight on Sunday April 10th.

For any questions, please reach out to Andie Hall at or Andrea Thomas at

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