2017 “Points of No Return”     

Agenda and Colorado River District Press Release

Recognized experts presented on tough water issues such as Upper and Lower Basin drought contingency planning, challenges with conservation efforts, degradation of depleted rivers, and more.  The record-breaking number of attendees also heard encouraging news about state and basin-wide collaboration efforts.  Read, listen and view more via links below. 

Program Highlights

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SALTON SEA: THE LOWER BASIN’S DROUGHT PLANNING IS CAUGHT IN NOT-SO-QUICK SANDS

Bill Hasencamp, Manager, Colorado River Resources, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Addressed one of the many complexities for the Lower Colorado River Basin by presenting on the challenges of the Salton Sea and the Bay-Delta. Presentation: written synopsis & video footage.

THE UPPER BASIN IS WATCHING 

Eric Kuhn, General Manager, Colorado River District 

Eric Kuhn, at his last seminar on staff, shared his memoirs and well-studied perspectives. His legacy includes many durable agreements that have brought peace to the once turbulent Colorado River; and spoke on the many lessons learned and of the uncertain future of the water in the west. Presentation: written synopsis &  video footage. 

LUNCH PROGRAM: “FILL MEAD FIRST?” 

Keynoting Dr. Jack Schmidt, Utah State University and former Glen Canyon Monitoring and Research Center Director,  gave a critical analysis of a controversial proposal to drain Lake Powell and fill Lake Mead first. Although the proposal is touted as a way to open up the submerged Glen Canyon, reduce evaporation and thereby increase water supply, Schmidt’s analysis raised serious questions about the technical viability. Presentation: written synopsisvideo footage. 

RETURN FLOWS: IRRIGATION EFFICIENCY GOES UP, THEY GO DOWN

Colorado ranchers, Don Schwindt of Cortez and Bill Trampe of Gunnison were joined by Dave Kanzer of the Colorado River District, to discuss how the move to irrigation efficiency equipment can have both desired benefits and unintended consequences, especially to late season streamflows. Presentation: written synopsisvideo footage.

FIXING THE UPPER COLORADO RIVER

Grand County collaborators Paul Bruchez, Mely Whiting and Lurline Curran shared good news about the healthy transformations on the Upper Colorado River. Presentations: written synopsisvideo footage. 

A RIVER OF WORDS: WHY IS SO MUCH BEING WRITTEN ABOUT THE COLORADO RIVER SYSTEM?

Authors Heather Hansman and Eric Kuhn discussed their respective upcoming books on the Green River and the Colorado River. Presentations: written synopsisvideo footage. 

A NEW DIRECTOR, THE SAME CHALLENGES AT THE COLORADO WATER CONSERVATION BOARD 

Newly named Director Becky Mitchell of the Colorado Water Conservation Board and Board members John McClow and Heather Dutton discussed the current water picture and how to move ahead on solving Colorado’s water challenges. Presentations: written synopsisvideo of discussions.

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