Jun 20

Luncheon Event June 27th, 2017

AWRA Colorado Section Presents

Lunch Talks

Tuesday June 27th, 2017

Stanford University Survey on Colorado Water Rights Transfers

 

Please join AWRA Colorado for an interactive discussion about the evolution of water rights in Colorado.  We will start the discussion with a presentation about an on-going survey about water rights transfers.

Philip Womble, a PhD student at Stanford University and a licensed Colorado attorney, is conducting a survey of Colorado water attorneys, engineers, and hydrologists about water rights transfers. Philip developed this survey based on feedback he received in ten preliminary interviews with leading Colorado water attorneys, engineers, and hydrologists. In particular, the survey seeks to capture:

1)      benefits of Colorado’s judicial approach to changes of water rights; and

2)      estimates of legal and engineering costs for applicants and opposers to complete prospective changes of water rights

Philip will be providing an introduction as to why this survey is being conducted, and what it aims to accomplish.  Please see the attached request if you are interested in participating in the survey.

Womble AWRA Survey Request

You may also contact Philip by email (pjwomble@stanford.edu) or phone (919-265-7189) to schedule an interview.

Speaker

Philip Womble – PhD Candidate at Stanford University 

Philip Womble is an attorney and a PhD Candidate in Stanford University’s Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources (E-IPER). He received his JD from Stanford Law School in 2016, and for his PhD, Philip has completed coursework for a PhD Minor in Civil and Environmental Engineering. Philip’s PhD research studies various aspects of water rights transfers in Colorado. His work experience includes legal summer jobs with a private water law firm and a conservation group in Colorado. Philip also worked for two years at the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, DC, where his work primarily centered on law, policy, and watershed planning for wetland and stream compensatory mitigation under Clean Water Act section 404. He is originally from North Carolina and holds a BS in Environmental Sciences from UNC-Chapel Hill.

 

 

Brown Bag Lunch and Networking at 12:00,

Program at 12:15

Location: Leonard Rice Engineers
1221 Auraria Parkway

There is limited LRE visitor parking along with meters and pay lots nearby.
(Pay lots are cash only)

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

The meeting is free but please RSVP at the link below:

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Mar 13

Luncheon Event March 28th, 2017

AWRA Colorado Section Presents

Lunch Talks

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Colorado Legislative Review

On March 28th the AWRA Colorado Section will be hosting an extended lunch talk on current water topics in the Colorado General Assembly. Emily Brumit from the Colorado Water Congress will be providing an overview of current bills the water sector is keeping an eye on. Following this there will be a panel discussion with a range of water interests.

Panelists will include:

  • Kristin Green from Conservation Colorado
  • Kevin Rein from the State Engineer’s office
  • Julie McKenna from BBMK
  • Joe Frank from Lower South Platte Water Conservancy District

 

Brown Bag Lunch and Networking at 12:00,

Program at 12:15

Location: Leonard Rice Engineers
1221 Auraria Parkway

There is limited LRE visitor parking along with meters and pay lots nearby.
(Pay lots are cash only)

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

Cannot make the meeting in person? Check out the lunch talk through Go To Meeting at https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/267442717

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United States: +1 (646) 749-3122
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Feb 28

AWRA CO Student Networking Event Spring 2017

present

Water Resources Networking Night
Thursday, April 13th 5:30 pm
Blake Street Tavern
2301 Blake St., Denver 80205

Have you ever wondered what career opportunities are available in water resources? We invite you to join us for an evening at Blake Street Tavern in downtown Denver to network and ask questions from a panel of professionals in the field of water resources. Enter to win one of two $50 scholarships! Appetizers will be provided.

RSVP HERE

Registration Information:

Name (required)

Email Address (required)

School/Organization (required)

Student/Professional (required)

Sponsored by:

Leonard Rice Engineers, Inc                            Applegate Group, Inc

      Denver Water                                      BBA Water Consultants

 

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Feb 22

Luncheon Event February 28th 2017

AWRA Colorado Section Presents

Lunch Talks

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

Instream Flow and Natural Lake Level Water Rights

Slides from the talk are here

Rob Viehl and Don West, Colorado Water Conservation Board

Instream Flow and Natural Lake Level Water Rights are nonconsumptive, in-channel or in-lake uses of water made exclusively by the Colorado Water Conservation Board for minimum flows between specific points on a stream or levels in natural lakes.  These rights are administered within the state’s water right priority system to preserve or improve the natural environment to a reasonable degree.  For this presentation, Rob and Don will provide an overview of the Instream Flow Program, technical tools available to outside users, and legal protection issues particular to instream flow water rights.

Speakers

Rob Viehl: Colorado Water Conservation Board

Rob has over ten year of experience as a water resource specialist for the Colorado Water Conservation Board. He is primarily responsible for reviewing and processing recommendations for new Instream Flow (ISF) Appropriations and Acquisitions in accordance with ISF Statutes and Rules.

Don West: Colorado Water Conservation Board

Don has worked as an engineer in the Department of Natural Resources for 15 years, both at Division of Water Resources and at Colorado Water Conservation Board.  His current work is primarily related to water court activity and reviewing substitute water supply plan requests to protect instream flow water rights.

 Brown Bag Lunch and Networking at 12:00,

 Program at 12:15

Location: Leonard Rice Engineers
1221 Auraria Parkway

There is limited LRE visitor parking along with meters and pay lots nearby.
(Pay lots are cash only)

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

Cannot make the meeting in person? Check out the lunch talk through Go To Meeting at https://www.gotomeeting.com/join/598229533

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (312) 757-3121
Access Code: 598-229-533

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Jan 24

Luncheon Event January 31st, 2017

AWRA Colorado Section Presents

Lunch Talks

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

Rio Grande – Colorado Groundwater Use Rules

Michael Sullivan, P.E. – Colorado Division of Water Resources

In September 2015 the State Engineer promulgated Rules regarding groundwater use in the Rio Grande Basin. The talk will outline the history of water development in the basin and go over the concepts embodied in the proposed Rules.

Speaker

Michael Sullivan, P.E. – Colorado Division of Water Resources

Michael Sullivan has been the Deputy State Engineer and Deputy Director for the Colorado Division of Water Resources for 8 years. As Deputy he acts as the Chief Operating Officer, Interstate Compacts Administrator, and Special Projects Director. He also supervises the Water Supply Branch and the Public Safety Branch.

Michael has worked for the Division of Water Resources for approximately 20 years. Prior to his current assignment he was Assistant Division Engineer and eventually Division Engineer for the Rio Grande Basin. As such he was responsible for administering water supplies in that basin, implementing rules, participating in litigation, advising the water court, and was the Engineer Advisor on the Rio Grande and Costilla Creek Interstate Compacts.

 Brown Bag Lunch and Networking at 12:00,

 Program at 12:15

Location: Leonard Rice Engineers
1221 Auraria Parkway

There is limited LRE visitor parking along with meters and pay lots nearby.
(Pay lots are cash only)

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

 

Cannot make the meeting in person? Check out the lunch talk through Go To Meeting at https://www.gotomeeting.com/join/598229533

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (312) 757-3121
Access Code: 598-229-533

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Nov 16

Luncheon Event November 29th, 2016

AWRA Colorado Section Presents

Lunch Talks

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

The August 2015 Gold King Mine Release in the Context of Previous Geologic and Water-Quality Studies

Dr. Katie Walton-Day – USGS Colorado Water Science Center

In the late 1990s through early 2000s the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) completed a watershed study in the upper Animas River watershed that provides geologic, geochemical, geophysical and biological background to interpret (1) the effects of the 2015 accidental release of 3 million gallons of metal-rich sediment and water from the Gold King Mine located on the north fork of Cement Creek, and (2) the effects of the last 15 years of remediation. The watershed comprises the headwaters of the upper Animas River, Cement Creek, and Mineral Creek, which join near the town of Silverton, Colorado. Historical mining occurred from the 1870s through the early 1990s, and left a legacy of abandoned mines and mine waste that degrade water quality. However, this mining occurred in a watershed where extensive hydrothermal alteration of the original geologic units helped create the economic mineral deposits, but also created non-highly mineralized, pyrite-rich rock that produces acid-rock drainage when weathered. Water quality in Cement Creek and lower Mineral Creek were likely degraded from acid-rock drainage prior to mining. USGS studies helped identify remediation targets, but occurred when placement of bulkheads to remediate mine drainage in the American Tunnel was ongoing. A series of bulkheads installed beginning in 1996, altered groundwater flow patterns in the area, and groundwater discharge rerouted to up-gradient abandoned mine tunnels. This change in the hydrologic regime underscores the need for re-evaluation of major sources of water-quality degradation in the upper parts of the watershed and re-evaluation and prioritization of remediation targets.

Speakers

Dr. Katie Walton-Day – USGS Colorado Water Science Center

Dr. Katie Walton-Day is a Research Hydrologist and Water Quality Specialist for the USGS Colorado Water Science Center, Denver, Colorado.  Her primary research area is hydrologic and geochemical processes affecting metal mobility in wetlands, streams, soils, and groundwater affected by acid-mine drainage and mining processes.  Her research involves applying reactive transport and geochemical models, stable isotope analysis, and various geochemical analytical techniques to understand metal mobility in the environment. She received a B.A. in Geology from Smith College, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Colorado School of Mines in Geology with a minor in Geochemistry. She has worked with the U.S. Geological Survey since 1984.

Brown Bag Lunch and Networking at 12:00,

 Program at 12:15

Location: Leonard Rice Engineers
1221 Auraria Parkway

There is limited LRE visitor parking along with meters and pay lots nearby.
(Pay lots are cash only)

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

Cannot make the meeting in person? Check out the lunch talk through Go To Meeting at https://www.gotomeeting.com/join/598229533

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (312) 757-3121
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Oct 12

Luncheon Event October 25th, 2016

AWRA Colorado Section Presents

Lunch Talks

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

Climate Change Leadership

Karen Raucher – Abt Associates

Did you know that 92% of Americans want their community water provider to be a leader in preparing their community for climate change? (WRF, 2014) This finding from a nationally representative survey opens up all kinds of opportunities for water professionals to use talking about climate to increase support and create change. Come learn more about what these survey findings mean and then share in a discussion of how water professionals — from engineers to planners — can leverage this amazing finding.

Speakers

Karen Raucher – Abt Associates

Karen Raucher is a senior policy analyst with Abt Associates. Karen was a lead researcher on the Water Research Foundation project Effective Climate Change Communication for Water Utility Stakeholders, and the Water Utility Climate Alliance report Embracing Uncertainty: A Case Study Examination of How Climate Change is Shifting Water Utility Planning. Karen has a deep passion for supporting the use of data based information in combination with good communication skills as a foundation for decision making.

Location: Leonard Rice Engineers Office: 1221 Auraria Pkwy, Denver, Co 80204

 Brown Bag Lunch and Networking at 12:00,

 Program at 12:15

Location: Leonard Rice Engineers
1221 Auraria Parkway

There is limited LRE visitor parking along with meters and pay lots nearby.
(Pay lots are cash only)

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

Cannot make the meeting in person? Check out the lunch talk through Go To Meeting at https://www.gotomeeting.com/join/598229533

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (312) 757-3121
Access Code: 598-229-533

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Sep 20

AWRA Colorado Section Annual Field Trip: Cheesman Reservoir Tour

AWRA Colorado Section Annual Field Trip: Cheesman Reservoir Tour

Program: Cheesman Reservoir and Portions of the South Platte River

Date: Tuesday September 27th, 2016 (all day)

Time: 7:30 AM – Between 3:00 PM 4:00 PM

Location: The tour will begin and end at the Stegosaurus Lot

Cost: $50.00 (includes bus, box lunch, and snacks)

Join the AWRA Colorado Section for our annual field trip. We will tour of Denver Water’s Cheesman Reservoir and South Platte System. We have a very limited number of spots, so it’s first come, first served. The cost will be $50 to cover food and transportation.

Registration Please reply to RSVP.
We will reply to the RSVP with a link to pay. The first ten to pay secure their spots.

Please RSVP

Preliminary Itinerary

7:45: Donuts at the dino lots. Group meets at Mammoth Parking lot near KK row to load up for tour. Greeting, handout packets, day overview, load up.

8-9:45:  Drive to Cheesman  Denver Water 101 and the SP system.

 

9:45-10: Snacks and bathroom break.

10-10:30: Presentation about the fires and our mitigation efforts 

10:30-12: Tour Cheesman with Care Takers. History, operations, value house, pictures.

12-12:20: Drive to Deckers for lunch via the River Road.

12:20-1:15: Lunch and presentation by Dave Nickum with TU

1:15-3pm: Drive to back via River Road  Stop at SP hotel/Two Forks site – presentation by Marc Waage 

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Sep 06

Colorado Water Congress Happy Hour

Colorado Water Congress
Professional Outreach Networking & Development

Happy Hour Kickoff
for
POND Northern Colorado Chapter

 

Learn more about the newly created Northern Colorado Chapter of POND. This chapter will help facilitate the connection of water professionals of all ages and experience through industry outreach, networking opportunities and career development in Northern Colorado.

When: Friday, Sept. 16, 2016
Where: Rock Bottom Brewery at Centerra
6025 Sky Pond Dr.
Loveland, CO
Time: 4:30 p.m.

First round of drinks and apps on POND!
Please RSVP so we can get a head count to:
Zach Allen
zallen@northernwater.org
970-622-2239

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Aug 10

Luncheon Event August 30th, 2016

AWRA Colorado Section Presents

Lunch Talk: Potable Reuse

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016 

Potable Reuse – State of the Industry & Development in Colorado

Allegra da Silva, P.E., PhD – MWH

Potable reuse has emerged as one of many important options being evaluated as part of integrated water resources planning. This presentation will give an overview of the status of potable reuse in Colorado and other states and research that’s guiding the future. Impact of potential new regulations will also be discussed.

Speaker

Allegra da Silva, P.E., PhD – MWH

Allegra is passionate about advancing the cause of water reuse and One Water planning concepts nationally and globally. She specializes in water reuse treatment technology evaluation, policy framework development, feasibility studies, and research design and execution, and is active in the WaterReuse Colorado professional community. She has been involved as a project engineer on water and wastewater facilities ranging in size up to 235 mgd and has helped to manage up to $30 million per year in studies. Allegra holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Yale University.

Networking at 12:00…come hungry,

 Program at 12:15

Location: Leonard Rice Engineers
1221 Auraria Parkway

There is limited LRE visitor parking along with meters and pay lots nearby.
(Pay lots are cash only)

Please feel free to come hungry.

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