Colorado River District’s Annual Water Seminar Goes Virtual

District will host “Zooming in on West Slope Water” as a series of webinars September 21 – 24

The Colorado River District will present its Annual Water Seminar as a free, virtual event for the first time this year.

Join the Colorado River District for “Zooming in on West Slope Water,” as we host a series of webinars focused on important water topics in western Colorado. For the first time, the Colorado River District is able to offer free registration to the seminar. To register, go to https://bit.ly/CRDseminar. By registering for the events, you can opt to watch the programs live or after the event at your convenience. Registrants will receive a recording of the webinars after the event.

“The Colorado River District works every day to protect West Slope water and keep water on the Western Slope,” said Andy Mueller, the River District general manager. “We hope that you will join us for these virtual events because the best defense of West Slope water is an informed citizenry.”

Webinar topics will range from an introduction to the basics of West Slope water to more complex discussions about the possible impact of demand management programs on West Slope economies. Each presentation will help you understand the River District’s 80-plus year quest to protect the water security of western Colorado and sustain water for agriculture, industry, towns, recreation and the environment.

“Public engagement on West Slope water issues is more important than ever,” said Mueller. “Whether you’re well versed in water or you’re just getting interested in these issues, there will be something for you at our virtual seminar. It’s free, and you can tune in from wherever you are.”

Here is an overview of the agenda. Learn more about speakers and topics at https://www.coloradoriverdistrict.org/annual-seminars.

  • West Slope Water 101
    Noon to 1:15 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21
    Speakers will introduce the basics of Colorado water, including water rights and water law, where our water comes from and where our water goes.
  • Water Works: the Colorado River District in Action
    Noon to 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22
    Learn about the broad spectrum of projects across the West Slope that benefit our agricultural communities and the environment.
  • Heating Up the Talk About Why River Flows are Down
    Noon to 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23
    Learn more about the impacts of drought, aridification of the West and reduced river flows, which are driving down Lakes Powell and Mead and impacting local water use.
  • Of Primary Importance: The Secondary Economic Impacts of Demand Management
    Noon to 1:15 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24
    How would demand management change the economics of rural towns? A study has been released about what might happen if water becomes a “cash crop” and the water not used for production is sent to Lake Powell.
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