Past Conferences

2013 Conference

Colorado River: Committed Collaboration

December 11-13, 2013


December 11

Ten Things You Should Know about the Ten Tribes

  • Moderator: Katosha Nakai, Manager of Tribal Relations, Central Arizona Project
  • Chemehuevi Indian Tribe, invited
  • Cocopah Indian Tribe, invited
  • Sylvia Homer, Vice Chair, Colorado River Indian Tribes
  • Timothy Williams, Chairman, Fort Mojave Indian Tribe
  • Darryl Vigil, Water Administrator, Jicarilla Apache Nation
  • Frederick H. White, Director, Division of Natural Resources, Navajo Nation
  • Gordon Howell, Chairman, Ute Indian Tribe
  • Ronda Aquerro, Vice President, Quechan Indian Tribe
  • Howard Richards, Councilman, Southern Ute Indian Tribe
  • Manuel Heart, Chairman, Ute Mountain Ute Tribe

Legal Colloquium: Reserved Rights and Settlements

  • Moderator: Darryl Vigil, Chair, Ten Tribes Partnership
  • Margaret Vick, Special Water Counsel, Colorado River Indian Tribes | PDF ⟶
  • Herb Becker and Natasha Cuylear, Attorneys, JA Associates, Jicarilla Apache Nation
  • Stanley Pollack, Assistant Attorney General, Navajo Nation Department of Justice | PDF ⟶
  • Joanne Curry, Partner, Fredericks Peebles and Morgan LLP, Ute Indian Tribe
  • Mason D. Morisset, Morisset, Schlosser, Jozwiak & Somerville, Quechan Indian Tribe | PDF ⟶
  • Catherine Condon, McElroy, Meyer Walker & Condon, P.C., Southern Ute Indian Tribe | PDF ⟶
  • Celene Hawkins, Associate General Counsel, Ute Mountain Ute Indian Tribe | PDF ⟶

Engineering Colloquium: Against the Current: Answers in the Face of Adversity

  • SNWA’s Intake No. 3 –  Marc Jensen, Southern Nevada Water Authority Director of Engineering
  • Central Arizona Project Breach – Greg Ramon, Central Arizona Project Assistant General Manager and Randy Randolph, Engineering Manager.

December 12

Video Presentation – Water Is Life: Committed Collaboration

Keynote Speaker – The Colorado River, America’s New Heartland: Reflections on a Quarter-Century

  • Pat Mulroy, General Manager, Southern Nevada Water Authority

Near -Term Risks: Options to Address Declining Reservoirs (2013-2019)

  • Moderator: Dennis Strong, Former Director, Utah Division of Water Resources
  • John Entsminger, Senior Deputy General Manager, Southern Nevada Water Authority | PDF ⟶
  • Tom McCann, Assistant General Manager, Central Arizona Project | PDF ⟶
  • Carly Jerla, Program Manager, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation | PDF ⟶
  • Lynn Jeka, Manager, Colorado River Storage Project Management Center, Western Area Power Adminstration, U.S. Department of Energy | PDF ⟶
  • Eric Kuhn, General Manager, Colorado River Water Conservation District | PDF ⟶


What Lies Ahead: Cooperation or Conflict? (2020-2060)

  • Moderator: Jim Lochhead, CEO/Manager, Denver Water
  • George Arthur, Past Chair, Ten Tribes Partnership
  • Taylor Hawes, Colorado River Program Director, The Nature Conservancy | PDF ⟶
  • John McClow, Chair, Colorado River Water Conservation District | PDF ⟶
  • Brenda Burman, Special Projects Manager, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California | PDF ⟶

Agriculture in the Basin: Now and Into the Future

  • Moderator: Jeanine Jones, Interstate Resources Manager, California Department of Water Resources
  • Reagan Waskom, Director, Colorado Water Institute | PDF ⟶
  • Julie Shapiro, Senior Associate, The Keystone Center | PDF ⟶


December 13

Action Is Imperative – We Need a Balanced Approach to Bridge the Gap between Supply and Demand on the Colorado River

  • Sally Jewell, Secretary, U.S. Department of the Interior | PDF ⟶