Nov 23

Luncheon Event December 1 2015

Recognizing the Role of Reallocation for Water Planning and Management

AWRA Colorado Section, December 1, 2015

Brett Bovee

Intermountain Regional Director, the Colorado office of WestWater Research

While the development of new water supplies often attracts broad interest, the reallocation of water from existing to new uses has been our dominant method of addressing water demands in recent years, and state water plans predict that it will remain our most useful tool.  This talk will discuss water use trends and projections, the price competitiveness of reallocation, and examples of innovative and successful reallocation projects in the Western U.S.  Examples will include fallowing programs, water rental banks, and active water markets.


Speaker Bio

Brett Bovee leads the Colorado office of WestWater Research in Fort Collins as the Intermountain Regional Director.  Brett brings over ten years of experience conducting a variety of engineering and water rights studies across the Western states. Many of these projects were focused on water resources management and water development concepts in the pursuit and protection of water rights claims.

Brett has performed investigations of water supply and demand for Federal, Tribal, and private clients, and has completed detailed studies of comprehensive water planning, irrigated agriculture development potential, and water project feasibility.  He is skilled in water valuation and economic cost-benefit analyses, and has been instrumental in water rights litigation and dispute resolution. Brett has prepared expert witness and technical reports, completed hydrographic surveys of water use, and helped to develop settlement agreements. He has also contributed to several technical working groups for multi-stakeholder negotiations.

Brett holds B.S. and M.Eng. degrees in biological and environmental engineering from Cornell University, with a focus in water resources.  He is a licensed professional civil engineer in five western states, and is also recognized as a professional hydrologist. Prior to joining WestWater, Brett worked for NRCE managing and assisting with water rights projects across the Western U.S.  Outside of work, Brett enjoys recreating in the outdoors, whether it’s a multi-pitch climb or a short jog around town.



Denver Water – Board Room
Brown Bag Lunch and Networking at 12:00, Program at 12:15 
Visit Denver Water’s website for directions to their main office

(the building outlined in red with the blue Denver Water symbol).


We will not be ordering lunch for this event. Please feel free to “brown-bag-it”

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