State of the River Event in Silverthorne on May 23

This free, public event features important local and interstate Colorado River updates and guest presentations from Senator Dylan Roberts and Colorado Commissioner Rebecca Mitchell.

Tuesday, May 16, 2023

Glenwood Springs, Colorado — On Tuesday, May 23, the Colorado River District and partners at the Blue River Watershed Group will host the Summit County State of the River meeting at the Silverthorne Pavilion in Silverthorne, CO. State of the River events offer West Slope residents the opportunity to learn more about their water, seasonal hydrology outlooks, regional water issues impacting their communities, and how the River District is working to protect Colorado’s most precious resource. These 2023 events will also welcome several special guests.

“We’re excited to welcome back Director of the Colorado Water Conservation Board and Colorado River Commissioner Becky Mitchell to our Summit County State of the River,” said River District Director of Public Relations, Marielle Cowdin. “And we are looking forward to hearing Senator Dylan Roberts share insights about his work to support West Slope water priorities during the 2023 Colorado legislative session.”

Commissioner Mitchell will provide the State’s perspective on how the Bureau of Reclamation’s Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Study (SEIS) may impact Colorado water users at the Summit County event and how Coloradoans can provide input.

All State of the River events are free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. The Summit County program is the eighth in this spring’s nine State of the River events hosted by the River District. Over 570 people across the West Slope have already attended similar events in Montrose, Moffat, Routt, Mesa, Rio Blanco, Garfield, and Grand counties.

Summit County attendees on May 23 will be welcomed with a light dinner and networking session starting at 5:30 p.m., followed by a robust series of presentations at 6:00 p.m. See agenda below:

Summit County 2023 Agenda

  • 5:30 p.m. Dinner & Networking
  • 5:55 p.m. Welcome
    • Marielle Cowdin, Director of Public Relations, Colorado River District
    • Kendra Fuller, Executive Director, Blue River Watershed Group
    • Josh Blanchard, Summit County Commissioner, Board of County Commissioners
  • 6:00 p.m. Outlook: Water Year 2023
    • Brendon Langenhuizen, Director of Technical Advocacy, Colorado River District
    • Troy Wineland, WD 36 Water Commissioner, Division of Water Resources.
  • 6:10 p.m. Our Water, Our Future on the West Slope
    • Lindsay DeFrates, PR & Media Specialist, Colorado River District
  • 6:40 p.m. Bureau of Reclamation’s Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement
    • Rebecca Mitchell, Colorado Water Conservation Board Director, and Colorado’s Commissioner to the Upper Colorado River Commission
  • 7:55 p.m. 2023 Colorado Legislative Roundup Discussion
    • Senator Dylan Roberts, Colorado State Senate, District 8 
    • Zane Kessler, Director of Government Relations, Colorado River District
  • 7:20 p.m. Transmountain Diversions & Federal Operations: Dillon and Green Mountain Reservoir Connections
    • Victor Lee, Civil Engineer, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
    • Nathan Elder, Manager of Water Resources, Denver Water
  • 7:35 p.m. Blue River’s IWMP & Habitat Restoration Concept Plan
    • Kendra Fuller, Executive Director, Blue River Watershed Group
  • 7:45 p.m. Open Audience Q&A
  • 8:00 p.m. Event End

Participation is free, but space and food are limited, so advanced registration is highly recommended. Please visit to learn more about this and other upcoming State of the River Meetings.


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