Past Conferences

2022 Conference

A New Century for the Colorado River Compact - Challenges and Opportunities

December 14-16, 2022


December 14

Colorado River 101: A First Century (of the Compact) Retrospective

  • Brenda Burman, Executive Strategy Advisor, Central Arizona Project | PDF ⟶

Colloquium – Messaging in a More Water-Challenged World

  • Moderator: Crystal Thompson, Communications Manager, Central Arizona Project | PDF ⟶
  • Hunter Bassler, Social Digital Producer, KPNX 12 News, Phoenix
  • Alex Hager, Reporter, KUNC Public Radio, Colorado
  • Debra Utacia Krol, Indigenous Affairs Reporter, Arizona Republic
  • Teal Lehto, Western Water Girl
  • Peter Prengaman, Climate and Environmental News Director, Associated Press

Colloquium – Adapting to the New Normal: Trying Technology and Tools

  • Moderator: Jeanine Jones, Interstate Resources Manager and Drought Manager, California Department of Water Resources | PDF ⟶
  • Don Barnett, Executive Director, Colorado River Basin Salinity Control Forum | PDF ⟶
  • Sara Larsen, Deputy Director and Chief Engineer, Upper Colorado River Commission | PDF ⟶
  • Tom Painter, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Airborne Snow Observatories, Inc. | PDF ⟶
  • Sara Tucker, Partner, Natural Resource Results | PDF ⟶
  • Josh Weimer, External Affairs Manager, Turlock Irrigation District | PDF ⟶

December 15

Welcome – Aaron Chavez, CRWUA President | VIDEO ⟶

Video, A Place Called Totah: The New Mexico Tributaries to the Colorado River, presented by the San Juan Water Commission | VIDEO ⟶

State of the River: On the Cusp of a New Century | VIDEO ⟶

  • Moderator: Aaron Chavez, Executive Director, San Juan Water Commission, CRWUA President
  • Ted Cooke, General Manager, Central Arizona Project | PDF ⟶
  • Chuck Cullom, Executive Director, Upper Colorado RIver Commission | PDF ⟶
  • David Palumbo, Deputy Commissioner of Operations, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
  • James Prairie, Research and Modeling Group Chief, Upper Colorado Basin Region, Bureau of Reclamation | PDF ⟶

The Next 100 Years Begins Now | VIDEO ⟶

  • Moderator: Jeff Kightlinger, General Manager (retired) Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
  • Tom Buschatzke, Director, Arizona Department of Water Resources
  • John J. Entsminger, General Manager, Southern Nevada Water Authority
  • Brandon Gebhart, State Engineer, Wyoming
  • Estevan López, Commissioner for New Mexico, Upper Colorado River Commission
  • Becky Mitchell, Director, Colorado Water Conservation Board
  • Peter Nelson, Chairman, Colorado River Board of California
  • Gene Shawcroft, General Manager, Central Utah Water Conservancy District

Funding the Future of Water

  • Moderator: Anne Castle, Senior Fellow, Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy and the Environment, University of Colorado Law School
  • Gayle Barry, Natural Resources Conservation Service | PDF ⟶
  • Astor Boozer, Regional Conservationist – West, Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Michael Brain, Deputy Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation | PDF ⟶
  • Manuel Heart, Chairman, Ute Mountain Ute Tribe | PDF ⟶
  • Sara Porterfield, Western Water Policy Advisor, Trout Unlimited | PDF ⟶
  • Gretchen Rank, Executive Director, Mancos Conservation District | PDF ⟶
  • Heather Tanana (Diné), Research Professor & Stegner Fellow, University of Utah – S.J. Quinney College of Law | PDF ⟶

Trade-Offs and Turbulence: Lessons for times to come

  • Moderator: Jason Robinson, Professor, Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources Program, University of Wyoming College of Law | PDF ⟶
  • Rodney Bailey, Senior Vice President and Colorado River Storage Project Manager, Western Area Power Administration
  • Amelia Flores, Chairwoman, Colorado River Indian Tribal Council
  • Bart Miller, Healthy Rivers Programs Director, Water Resource Advocates
  • Andy Mueller, General Manager, Colorado River Water Conservation District
  • Kathryn Sorensen, Director of Research, Kyl Center for Water Policy at Morrison Institute, Arizona State University

Evaluating Collaborative Options for a Second Century

  • Moderator: Terry Goddard, President, Central Arizona Water Conservation District Board of Directors
  • Clint Chandler, Deputy Director, Water, Planning and Permitting Division, Arizona Department of Water Resources | PDF ⟶
  • Zach Renstrom, General Manager, Wasington County Water Conservancy District | PDF ⟶
  • Shanti Rosset, Colorado River Resources Policy Manager, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California | PDF ⟶
  • Mark Rude, Executive Director, Southwest Kansas Groundwater Management District No. 3 | PDF ⟶

Lessons from the Business Community: How Companies Are Adapting to a Drier Future

  • Moderator: Todd Reeve, Chief Executive Officer, Bonneville Environmental Fountation
  • Susan Anable, Vice President of Government and Public Affairs, Southwest Region, Cox Communication
  • Jackie Brown, Water and Natural Resources Policy Advisor, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association Inc.
  • Nyima Dansira, Sustainability Manager – Water, PepsiCo
  • Sarah B. Jones, Director of Sustainability and Community Engagement, Steamboat Ski and Resort Corporation
  • Cora Snyder (Kammeyer), Senior Researcher, Pacific Institute

December 16

Business Meeting | VIDEO ⟶

The Colorado River Compact – 100 Years & Beyond | VIDEO ⟶

Senator Mark Kelly | VIDEO ⟶

Federal Friday | VIDEO ⟶

  • Maria-Elena Giner, P.E., U.S. Commissioner, International Boundary and Water Commission | PDF ⟶
  • Mexico Delegation | VIDEO ⟶
  • Camille C. Touton, Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation
  • Tanya Trujillo, Assistant Secretary for Water and Science, U.S. Department of the Interior
  • Tommy Beaudreau, U.S. Deputy Secretary of the Interior