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2017 Considerations in Implementing Regional Water Solutions

Our future requires that regional efforts provide some solutions to water supply shortfalls and projects. As Colorado’s urban areas grow, we must consider leveraging resources, infrastructure, water supply and facilities to secure general well-being and a healthy economy. This informative, day-long workshop provides a forum for planning and discussion around the best approaches for regional water solutions. It includes a close examination of the tradeoffs, hurdles, and opportunities for success.

This workshop will address the following themes: 

  • Partnerships: How to create partnerships that move toward long-term water supply solutions.
  • Lessons Learned: Hear from groups who are currently working or have worked on regional water projects in the past and explore their formulas for success.   
  • Meeting Everyone’s Needs: We all see regionalization through a different lens and have different needs when exploring a project. Gain a balanced view of regional planning's upsides and downsides and explore considerations from diverse stakeholders.


Below is a skeleton agenda of the topics that will be covered: 

10:00   Welcome, Logistics and Intro 

10:15   What is Regional Water Planning? A survey of how regionalization has looked in the past and  its potential role in
            the future. This will include a history of regional water collaboration in Colorado and the magnitude and scope of
            regional collaboration that's possible. Confirmed Speakers: Retired Justice Gregory Hobbs and David Robbins of Hill
            and Robbins Attorneys at Law. 

11:00   A West Slope Perspective on Regionalization –  Explore a successful partnership from the Western Slope,
            reviewing driving factors that led to the partnership and highlighting both the greatest successes and most challenging
            obstacles encountered.

12:00   Lunch 

1:00    WISE Project – 15 Years to Success: How WISE is lessening dependence on
           non-renewable water in the South Metro area and the journey to get here.

2:00    Denver Basin Groundwater – Where we’re at and what we plan to do about
           groundwater issues. Includes a review of the state of Denver Basin groundwater
           and how regional collaboration could increase supply reliability. Confirmed
           Speakers: Kevin Rein- Colorado State Engineer, Pikes Peak Regional Water
           Authority, Pat Wells- Colorado Springs Utilities 

3:00    Break

3:15   Perspectives Around Regional Water Solutions – An open conversation
          around how regionalization works within the context of Colorado's Water Plan and
          how regional collaborations could impact various sectors and regions. Confirmed Speakers: Greg Johnson-
          Colorado Water Conservation Board, Chris Treese- Colorado River District, David Robbins of Hill and Robbins
          Attorneys at Law. 

4:00   Wrap-Up


Thank you to our workshop sponsors, without your support this workshop would not be possible: 


November 6th, 2017 9:00 AM   through   4:00 PM
1175 Chapel Hills Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80920-80218
United States

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Phone: 3033774433
CFWE Member Registration $ 40.00
Non-member Registration $ 50.00

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