The Future of the Colorado River: a community symposium

Center for Colorado River Studies, Quinney College of Natural Resources, Utah State University
October 13th, 2018
Moab, UT

8:45a – 1p

  • Anne Castle (former Assistant Secretary of Interior for Water and Science)
  • Brad Udall (Senior Climate and Water Research Fellow, Colorado Water Institute)
  • David Rubin (University of California-Santo Cruz; former Senior Scientist, US Geological Survey)
  • Paul Grams and Sasha Reed (US Geological Survey)
  • Phaedra Budy and Jack Schmidt (Utah State University)
  • Representatives of federal and state water management agencies and river advocacy groups

Sponsored by: Center for Colorado River Studies, Quinney College of Natural Resources, Utah State University

Topics: Climate change, river ecosystem processes (sediment, riparian vegetation, endangered fish), water supply management
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Draft Agenda 

8:45a: Introduction

Jack Schmidt, Professor and Director, Center for Colorado River Studies, Utah State University (former: Chief, USGS Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center)


9a: Reading the river’s sediments: basic science applied to managed reservoir releases from Glen Canyon Dam

David Rubin, researcher, University of California – Santa Cruz (previously Senior Scientist, USGS Pacific Marine Geology)

Paul Grams, hydrologist, USGS Southwest Biological Science Center, Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center


9:45a: How will the river run? Colorado River stream flow in a warming world

Brad Udall, Senior Water and Climate Research Fellow, Colorado Water Institute, Colorado State University


10:15a: Panel Discussion: Meeting water supply, hydropower, and environmental objectives for the Colorado River – can we have it all?

Anne Castle, Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, University of Colorado-Boulder (former Assistant Secretary for Water and Science, US Department of the Interior)

Chris Harris, Executive Director, Colorado River Board of California

Eric Kuhn, retired (former General Manager, Colorado River Water Conservation District)

Clayton Palmer, environmental specialist, Western Area Power Administration

John Weisheit, Conservation Director, Living Rivers and Colorado Riverkeeper


11:15a: The future of riparian vegetation communities along the big rivers

Sasha Reed, ecologist, USGS Southwest Biological Science Center, Moab Research Station


11:45a: The future of the endangered big river fish

Phaedra Budy, ecologist and Unit Leader, USGS Utah Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Unit, Utah State University


12:15p: Public Discussion: Does the river have a future?

Jack Schmidt - facilitator

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