Past Conferences

2018 Conference

No Shortage of Concern: Beyond the Shadow of Drought

December 12-14, 2018


December 12

Colorado River 101 – A View of the River

  • Colby Pellegrino, Director of Water Resources, Southern Nevada Water Authority | PDF ⟶

Colloquium – #Israeli and U.S. Water Technology: Versatile Solutions for Colorado River Challenges

  • Moderator: Sharon Megdal, Ph.D., Central Arizona Project Board Secretary and Director of University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center | PDF ⟶
  • Oded Distel, Director of Israel New Tech Program, Israeli Ministry for the Economy | PDF ⟶
  • David Johnson, Deputy General Manager of Engineering and Operations, Southern Nevada Water Authority | PDF ⟶
  • Tamar Shor, Chief Operating Officer, N-Drip, and former Senior Deputy Director, Israel Water Authority | PDF ⟶
  • Maureen Stapleton, General Manager, San Diego County Water Authority | PDF ⟶
  • Abraham Tenne, Consultant, and retired Head of Desalination Division, Israel Water Authority | PDF ⟶
  • Dan Thelander, Partner, Tempe Farming Co. | PDF ⟶

Colloquium – Show Me the Money: Innovative Funding Mechanisms for Water Projects

  • Moderator: Season Martin, Water Projects and Sustainable Finance Director, The Nature Conservancy
  • Ricardo Bayon, Partner, Encourage Capital
  • Astor Boozer, Regional Conservationist, West, Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Cynthia Koehler, Executive Director, WaterNow Alliance | PDF ⟶
  • Avra Morgan, Program Analyst, US Bureau of Reclamation | PDF ⟶
  • Todd Reeve, Chief Executive Officer, Bonneville Environmental Foundation

December 13


Commissioner’s Perspective: Responding to Risk in the Colorado River Basin

  • Brenda Burman, Commissioner, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation | PDF ⟶

DCP: An Upper Basin Perspective

  • Moderator: Andy Mueller, General Manager, Colorado River Water Conservation District
  • Tom Blain, Commissioner for the State of New Mexico, Upper Colorado River Commission
  • James Eklund, Commissioner for the State of Colorado, Upper Colorado River Commission
  • Amy Haas, Executive Director, Upper Colorado River Commission
  • Eric Millis, Commissioner for the State of Utah, Upper Colorado River Commission
  • Pat Tyrrell, Commissioner for the State of Wyoming, Upper Colorado River Commission

DCP: A Lower Basin Perspective | Video ⟶

  • Moderator: John Fleck, Director, Water Resources Program, University of New Mexico
  • Thomas Buschatzke, Director, Arizona Department of Water Resources
  • Ted Cooke, General Manager, Central Arizona Project
  • John Entsminger, General Manager, Southern Nevada Water Authority
  • Peter Nelson, Director, Coachella Valley Water District; Chairman, Colorado River Board of California

DCP: A Stakeholder Perspective | Video ⟶ | PDF ⟶

  • Moderator: Mary Kelly, Partner, Culp and Kelly, LLP
  • Aaron Derwingson, Agricultural Coordinator, Colorado River Program, The Nature Conservancy
  • Mark Harris, General Manager, Grand Valley Water Users Association
  • Leslie James, Executive Director, Colorado River Energy Distributors Association
  • Keith Moses, Vice Chairman, Colorado River Indian Tribes
  • Kathryn Sorensen, Director, City of Phoenix Water Services Department


Tribal Water: Opportunities and Challenges | Map PDF ⟶

  • Moderator: Darryl Vigil, Water Administrator, Jicarilla Apache Nation
  • Russell Begaye, President, Navajo Nation | PDF ⟶
  • Rosa Long, Councilwoman, Cocopah Indian Tribe
  • Levi Pesata, President, Jicarilla Apache Nation
  • Tim Williams, Chairman, Fort Mojave Indian Tribe | PDF ⟶

Adaptation Strategies in a Changing Climate

  • Introduction: Jennifer Brown, Director, Central Arizona Project
  • Moderator: Jim Holway, Director, Central Arizona Project | PDF ⟶
  • Taryn Finnessey, Senior Climate Change Specialist, State of Colorado | PDF ⟶
  • Jeanine Jones, Interstate Resources Manager, California Department of Water Resources | PDF ⟶
  • Mohammed Mahmoud, Senior Policy Analyst, Central Arizona Project | PDF ⟶

Agricultural to Urban Water Transfers | PDF ⟶

  • Moderator: Warren Peterson, Vice President, Farmland Reserve
  • Tom Iseman, Director of Water Scarcity and Markets, Global Freshwater Program, The Nature Conservancy
  • Jack Seiler, Trustee, Palo Verde Irrigation District

Wildfire Impact on Water Quality and Watershed Restoration

  • Introduction: Chris Finlinson, Assistant General Manager, Central Utah Water Conservancy District
  • Christina Burri, Interstate Watershed Scientist, Denver Water | PDF ⟶
  • Brad Sherwood, Community and Government Affairs Manager, Sonoma Water | PDF ⟶
  • Gerard Yates, Water Quality and Treatment Manager, Central Utah Water Conservancy District | PDF ⟶

December 14

Business Meeting | Video ⟶

50th Anniversary of the Colorado River Basin Project Act | Video ⟶

US-Mexico Cooperation on the Colorado River | Video ⟶

  • Jayne Harkins, U.S. Commissioner, International Boundary and Water Commission, United States and Mexico | PDF ⟶

Senior Federal Agency Water Officials Panel | Video ⟶

  • Dr. Tim Petty, Assistant Secretary for Water and Science, U.S. Dept. of the Interior
  • Brenda Burman, Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation
  • Dave Ross, Assistant Administrator, Office of Water, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Bill Northey, Under Secretary, Farm Production and Conservation, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture
  • Rear Admiral Tim Gallaudet, Acting Under Secretary, U.S. Dept. of Commerce/National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration
  • Brig. General Pete Helmlinger, Commander, Northwestern Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers