The Upper Division States are uniquely positioned to lead the way in finding long-term sustainable solutions that can work across the entire basin.

– Rebecca Mitchell, Colorado’s Commissioner to the Upper Colorado River Commission, and Phil Weiser, Colorado’s Attorney General, Denver Post Op-Ed, July 8, 2022

Thank you to all who attended this year’s Annual Water Seminar!

A recording of the event will be available on our YouTube channel soon, and a link will be posted here when it is ready.

We look forward to seeing you next year!

Agenda: Overdrawn, The 2022 Annual River District Seminar

  • Morning Session (8:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.)
    • 8:30 a.m. Breakfast/Registration
    • 9:00 a.m. Welcome – Colorado River District Staff
    • 9:05 a.m. Greeting – Martha Whitmore, Colorado River District Board President
    • 9:10 a.m. Water Year Reflections: A Look at Hydrology in the Colorado River Headwaters – Brendon Langenhuizen, Director of Technical Advocacy, Colorado River District
    • 9:30 a.m. Morning Keynote: Adapting the 1922 Compact to Today’s Reality – Andy Mueller, General Manager, Colorado River District
    • 10:00 a.m. Break
    • 10:10 a.m. Morning Panel: The 2026 Interim Guidelines, An Interstate Water User Discussion
      • Peter Fleming, Colorado River District General Counsel (moderator)
      • J.B. Hamby, Imperial Irrigation District Board Director of Division 2 (CA)
      • Steve Wolff, Southwestern Water Conservation District General Manager (CO)
      • Bart Leeflang, Central Utah Water Conservancy District Colorado River Program Manager (UT)
      • Patrick Dent, Central Arizona Project Assistant General Manager of Water Policy (AZ)
  • Grab Lunch 11:40-12:00
  • Midday Session (12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
    • 12:00 p.m. Lunchtime Keynote: Cultivating Opportunities for the Future of West Slope Agriculture – Kate Greenberg, Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture
    • 12:30 p.m. Ag Production & Policy: A Conversation
      • Kate Greenberg, Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture
      • Lowell King, Grand Valley Regenerative Farmer
      • Janie VanWinkle, Grand Valley Rancher and former Colorado Cattlemen’s Association President
    • 1:00 p.m. Tribal Water Rights & The Colorado River: A Sovereign-to-Sovereign Conversation
      • Andy Mueller, Colorado River District General Manager (moderator)
      • Daryl Vigil, Jicarilla Apache Nation Water Administrator
      • Rebecca Mitchell, Colorado Commissioner to the Upper Colorado River Commission and Director of the Colorado Water Conservation Board
      • Estevan Lopez, New Mexico Commissioner to the Upper Colorado River Commission and former Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner
      • Lorelei Cloud, Southern Ute Tribal Council Member
    • 2:10 p.m. Break
  • Afternoon Session (2:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.)
    • 2:15 p.m. Afternoon Keynote: Writing Water, A Journalist’s Perspective – Alex Hager, KUNC Colorado River Basin Reporter
    • 3:00 p.m. Farm Production & Conservation: USDA Efforts to Assist Drought-Impacted Producers
      • Zane Kessler, Colorado River District Director of Government Relations
      • Gloria Montaño Greene, USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation
      • Paul Bruchez, Grand County Rancher, RCPP Recipient, Board Member CWCB
    • 3:45 p.m. The Importance of 1041 to West Slope Water
      • Peter Fleming, Colorado River District General Counsel (moderator)
      • Barbara Green, Attorney at Sullivan Green Seavy
      • Nick DiMascio, Denver Water Attorney
  • Happy Hour & Networking (4:15 – 5:15 p.m.)
    • 4:15 p.m. Celebrating Water & West Slope Craft Beverages (Beer generously provided by Palisade Brewing Co.)

Virtual attendance available. Livestreaming access only, no audience participation available with this option.

View Past Annual Water Seminars

Annual Water Seminar 2021
Annual Water Seminar 2020
Annual Water Seminar 2019