This week’s South Platte Forum & Flood Fundraiser

The annual South Platte Forum is coming up later this week. There’s still time to register and learn the ins and outs of the South Platte Basin. Think you can make it? Or maybe just one evening? On October 23, there will be a Colorado Flood Fundraiser and Silent Auction. Registration for the fundraiser is free and hosted by the Colorado Water Congress POND Committee. Attend for an evening of fun and sharing of information with all proceeds donated to the Red Cross— Colorado Flood Fund and the Colorado Farm Bureau– Disaster Fund. SPForum2013_EventFlyer

Interested in the conference? Find the agenda below:

Wednesday, Oct. 23

8:20   Welcome

Reagan Waskom, Colorado Water Institute

8:30   Opening Keynote

Connecting Nine Billion People to Colorado Water – Craig Beyrouty, Dean, Colorado State University

9:00   Digging In

Moderator: Reagan Waskom, Colorado Water Institute

  • Farm Water Management – Dave Petrocco, Petrocco Farms
  • On-the-ground Flood Impacts on the Farm and in the Community – Adrian Card, CSU Extension
  • What’s Going on with Water Providers after the Flood – Sean Cronin, St. Vrain & Left Hand WCD

10:45  Swimming In

Moderator: Pete Conovitz, Colorado Parks and Wildlife

  • Will the Real Greenback Please Stand Up – Kevin Rogers, Aquatic Research Group, Colorado Parks and Wildlife
  • Managing Fish by Managing Flows – Ken Kehmeier, Senior Aquatic Biologist, Colorado Parks and Wildlife
  • Improving Urban Streams for Native Warmwater Fishes – Ashley Ficke, Fisheries Ecologist, GEI Consultants

12:00  Luncheon Session

  • Friends of the South Platte Award Presentation
  • Keynote: Using Innovative Technology to Change the Conversation about Oil and Gas in Colorado – Curtis Rueter

1:20   Drilling In

Moderator: Mayor Dennis Coombs, City of Longmont

  • Investigations of the Effects of Oil and Gas Development on Water Quality in the Denver-Julesburg Basin – Joseph N. Ryan, Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering, University of Colorado
  • Colorado Water Watch – Addressing Concerns at the Energy-Water-Agriculture Interface – Ken Carlson, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Colorado State University
  • Flood Effects and New State Regulations on Set-Backs and Groundwater Monitoring – Thom Kerr, Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission

3:00   Jumping In

Moderator: Marcella Hutchinson, US EPA

  • Endocrine Disrupters and Emerging Contaminants – Bill Battaglin, CREEC
  • Northern Water Stakeholders Emerging Contaminants Monitoring – Jen Stephenson, Northern Water
  • Flood Effects and Nutrients Management in Colorado: What’s Next? – Dick Parachini, WQCD
  • Urban Waters Initiative – Stacey Erickson, USEPA & Devon Buckels, CSFS
  • Clear Creek Targeted Watershed Grant: Reflections – Diane Kielty, Project Manager, Clear Creek Watershed Foundation

5:00   POND Reception/Silent Auction Fundraiser

Thursday, Oct. 24

8:25   Welcome 

8:30   From Drought to Flood

Moderator: Reagan Waskom, Colorado Water Institute

  • From Drought to Flood in Three Days – Nolan Doesken, Colorado Climate Center
  • Gauging the Flood – Bob Kimbrough, USGS
  • Infrastructure Damage and Other State Issues – Kevin Houck, CWCB Flood Section Chief

10:30  Skiing Out

Moderator: Rich Vidmar, Aurora Water

  • Water Usage and the Ski Industry – Geraldine Link, Director of Public Policy, National Ski Areas Association

10:55   Blacking Out

Moderator: Rich Vidmar, Aurora Water

  • Targeting and Prioritizing-How to Prepare for and Respond to Wildfires – Brad Piehl, Partner, JW Associates
  • Wildfire Preparedness and Incident Response – Eric Howell, Forest Program Manager, and Catamount Wildland Fire Team Coordinator, Colorado Springs Utilities
  • Hayman: Long-term Recovery and its Influence on Waldo Recovery During the First Year – Carol Ekarius, Executive Director, Coalition for the Upper South Platte

12:15  Luncheon Session

Keynote: James Eklund, Director, Colorado Water Conservation Board

1:45   DARCA Workshop: Authorizing Ditch Crossings:

Practical Considerations as Development and Oil & Gas Activities Heat Up

In partnership with the Ditch and Reservoir Company Alliance (DARCA)

  • Legal Considerations of Ditch Crossings – Scott Holwick, Esq., Lyons Gaddis Kahn Hall Jeffers Dworak & Grant, P.C.
  •  Technical Considerations of Ditch Crossings – Branden Effland, P.E., Deere & Ault Consultants, Inc.
  •  Recent Issues Involving Ditch Crossings – Stuart Corbridge, Esq., Vranesh and Raisch, LLP; Jim Yahn, P.E., North Sterling Irrigation District
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