Mesa County State of the River

Thank you so much to everyone who helped us with this event. The Mesa County State of the River Event is now concluded.

Presenter materials are available below in .pdf form

State of the Colorado Headwaters – Peter Goble, Colorado Climate Center, CSU

Lake Powell and the Future of West Slope Water – Lindsay DeFrates, Colorado River District

Local Water Operations and the Water Equity Task Force – Andrea Lopez, Ute Water

Regenerative Ag Problem Solving Strategies – Lowell King, Local Rancher

Join the Colorado River District and the Ruth Powell Hutchins Water Center for the Mesa County State of the River event on Tuesday, April 12 from 5:30-8 p.m. in Grand Junction at the CMU Ballroom.

Because our dinner catering maximum has now been met, registration will include only the program and complimentary drink afterwards. 

Presentations and discussions will cover the hydrology and water supply forecasts for the Colorado River basin, local water management strategies, Big River issues and reservoir operations affecting your community, and opportunities for funding local, multi-benefit and multi-use projects.

You’ll also have opportunities to connect with River District staff, interested stakeholders and representatives of multiple local organizations before and after the event.

The Mesa County State of the River Meeting is free, open to the public, and a dinner by a local caterer will kick off the program – space is limited.

We look forward to seeing you!


  • 5:30 p.m. Doors Open & Chili Dinner for first 120 registrants
    (we have met this quota already, however, all registrants are welcome to join us for networking, the presentations, and a free drink after the event)
  • 6:00 p.m. Welcome from the Water Center
    Speakers: Dan Crabtree & Joel Sholtes, Colorado Mesa University
  • Outlook: Water Year 2022
    Speaker : Peter Bennett Goble, CSU Climate Center
  • Lake Powell & The Future of West Slope Water
    Speaker: Lindsay DeFrates, Colorado River District PR and Media Specialist
  • State & River Basin Efforts: Drought Resiliency
    Intro: Abby Burke, Colorado Audubon and the Colorado River Basin Roundtable
    Speaker: Paul Bruchez, CWCB Board of Directors
  • Local Water Operations & The Water Equity Task Force
    Speaker: Andrea Lopez, Ute Water and Task Force Stakeholder
  • Regenerative Ag & Soil Health in the Grand Valley
    Speaker: Lowell King, Grand Valley Farmer
  • The Community Funding Partnership – Big Issues, Local Solutions
    Speaker Amy Moyer, Colorado River District Director of Strategic Partnerships
  • Audience Q&A 
  • 8:00 p.m. Program Close and Happy Hour
    One free beer courtesy of Palisade Brewing Company & American Rivers


Register for the Mesa County State of the River.

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