Apr 15

2015 Symposium Agenda


AWRA Colorado Section 2015 Annual Symposium
May 1, 2015 – Mt. Vernon Country Club

Colorado 20/20…Clearly Seeing our Future 

A look at the near-future water challenges we face and potential solutions


7:30 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 am – 9:00

Introduction and Welcome
Steve Smith, AWRA CO President
Katie Melander, AWRA CO President-Elect

Laurel Stadjuhar, AWRA CO Scholarship Committee Chair

Jayla Poppleton, Colorado Foundation for Water Eduction

Opening remarks, introduction of new officers and board members.
Introduction of scholarship recipients and projects.

9:00 am – 9:35

Brad Udall – Senior Water and Climate Research Scientist and Scholar, Colorado State University Water Institute

Truth and Consequences of the 1968 CAP Act


9:35 am – 10:00

Mark Pifher, Colorado Springs Utilities
Waters of the U.S. Rulemaking

10:00 am


10:15 am – 11:45

MORNING SESSION – Statewide Issues
Moderator: Laurel Stadjuhar, West Sage Water Consultants

30 min each, with 15 minute group Q&A

Speaker Topic
Alan Curtis, White & Jankowski Flexibility versus Protection of Existing Water Rights
Carl Brouwer, NCWCD
Michael McReynolds, Colorado Energy Office
Development and Implementation of the Carter and Grandby Hydro Projects

Colorado Hydropower Policy & Trends

Greg Fisher, Denver Water
Amelia Nuding, Western Resource Advocates
Landuse Planning and Implications on Water Use


12:00 pm – 1:00


12:15 pm

Patty Limerick – Center of the American West, University of Colorado

Turning Hindsight into Foresight: the Current State Water Plan in Historical Perspective


1:00 pm



Session B1 – Policy and Planning on the Horizon

Moderator: Katie Melander, NCWCD

1:00 – 1:20

Student Presentations

1:20 – 3:00

Professional Presentations

20 min each, with 5 min each Q&A

Speaker Topic
Kevin Rein, Deputy State Engineer The SEO and Water Administration; How that Responsibility Helps Shape the Direction on Water Matters
Ralf Topper, Senior Hydrogeologist, Colorado DWR Groundwater: Colorado’s Unseen and Underutilized Water Resource
Brian Epstein, Hydrologist, Stream and Lake Protection Section, CWCB CWCB’s Instream Flow Program
Eric Gordon, Managing Director of the Western Water Assessment The Colorado Climate Change Vulnerability Study


Session B2 – Getting us one Step Closer: Projects on the near Horizon

Moderator: Angela Schenk, Spronk Water Engineers

1:00 – 1:20

Student Presentations

1:20 – 3:00

Professional Presentations

20 min each, with 5 min each Q&A

Speaker Topic
Rob Buirgy, Project Manager, Upper Colorado River Wild & Scenic Stakeholder Group Upper Colorado Wild & Scenic Process
Leah Martinsson, Berg Hill Greenleaf, Ruscitti, LLP; Craig Lis, Martin and Wood CWCB’s Rotational Leasing Fallowing Pilot Program – Background and Overview of Colorado’s First Approved Pilot Project
Sheri Scott and Heather Justus, Town of Castle Rock Water Resources Program Analysts Planning a Sustainable Water Future for the Town of Castle Rock
Tara Kelley, Regulatory Services Section Supervisor at Colorado Springs Utilities, and John Rehring VP at Carollo Engineers From Non-Potable Supply to Potable Reuse: the Evolution of Alternative Supplies in Colorado


3:00 – 3:15


3:15 – 3:45 pm

Tim Steele, TDS Consulting

Greenland and Iceland Water, People, and Economic Development


3:45 – 5:30 pm



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