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Colorado: Water seminar tackles drought, climate change

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Colorado River District hosts annual water seminar this week in Grand Junction

By Summit Voice

FRISCO — With some climate change models predicting significantly decreased flows in the Colorado River, water managers are grappling with planning for a time when demand in the basin may exceed supply.

The big-picture Colorado River Basin study is at the top of the agenda this week at the annual Colorado River District seminar in Grand Junction (9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, Two Rivers Convention Center, 159 Main St.).

The study’s co-managers, Carly Jerla and Kay Brothers will outline what the future looks like and what suggestions there might be for action.

Following the presentation, regional water experts will hold a panel discussion on the study. The panel includes Colorado River district general manager Eric Kuhn, Chuck Cullom, Colorado river programs manager for the Central Arizona Project, Eric Hecox, director of the South Metro Water Supply Authority and Jennifer Pitt, Colorado River project director with the Environmental Defense Fund.

Other topics include wildfires and the impacts of the 2012 drought (with Colorado state climatologist Nolan Doesken).

The keynote lunch speaker is Ann Castle, Assistant Secretary for Water and Science for the U.S. Department of the Interior.

The seminar also includes with a special presentation of a new book by Gunnison author George Sibley: “Water Wranglers: The 75-Year History of the Colorado River District: A Story about the embattled Colorado River and the Growth of the West.”

The river district’s Jim Pokrandt and Eric Kuhn will interview Sibley about what he learned about the Colorado River District and water in the West while writing the CRD’s history.

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