The Colorado Scientific Society, in collaboration with the Center of the American West, presents Water & Energy in Colorado. This four-day virtual symposium, hosted by the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, will focus on the science and cultural issues at the interface between water and energy in Colorado. Moderated by Patty Limerick, water and energy specialists together with insightful commentators on Colorado’s present challenges and future opportunities, will highlight some of the most important issues facing our community today and in the future. The emphasis will center on science that frames these topics, but also will incorporate cultural contexts and identify common ground and collaborative opportunities.

Join us! Tuesdays and Thursdays August 11, 13, 18, & 20.

 

 

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Agenda

PART I:  RESOURCE PROVIDERS

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 – 10:00 to 11:30

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Patty Limerick, Ph.D.
Center of the American West, Director

Moderator
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Laurna Kaatz, Ph.D.
Denver Water; Director, Climate Science Policy, and Adaptation Program

Title: Providing Drinking water to Colorado
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Jeff Lyng
Xcel Energy; Director, Energy & Environmental Policy

Title: Building a Carbon-Free Future
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Eric Kuhn
Colorado River District; General Manager (retired)

Title: West-Slope Water Use, Trends, and Issues in the Age of Climate Change
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Bruce Finley, J.D.
Denver Post; Senior Staff writer

Title: Reckoning

 

PART II: USER COMMUNITY PERSPECTIVES

Thursday, August 13, 2020 – 10:00 to 11:30

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Patty Limerick, Ph.D.
Center of the American West, Director

Moderator
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Jan Kulmann
Mayor, City of Thornton

Title: Where the Need for Water in Communities and Businesses Meet
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Roger Fragua
Cota Holdings, LLC; President, and NDN Energy, LLC; President

Title: Indian Country and Access to Energy & Water
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Jerd Smith
Fresh Water News, Editor

Title: Outsized Issues of Water-Use in a Headwater State
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Luke Runyon
Colorado Public Radio Station KUNC; Reporter

Title: Uniting and Dividing: How Water Can Bring Western Communities Together or Drive Them Apart

 

PART III: TECHNOLOGY ADDRESSING CURRENT CHALLENGES

Tuesday, August 18, 2020 – 10:00 to 11:30

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Patty Limerick, Ph.D.
Center of the American West, Director

Moderator
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Thomas Cech
One World One Water Center; Director

Title: Technology Addressing Current Challenges: The Importance of Water Education
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Christy Woodward
Colorado Oil & Gas Association; Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs

Title: Innovation and Adaptation in Colorado’s Oil and Natural Gas Industry
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Tracy Kosloff
Colorado Division of Water Resources; Assistant State Engineer
Title: More Information About Water Diversions Faster Makes for Better Decisions
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Seth Haines, Ph.D.
U.S. Geological Survey; Research Geophysicist

Title: Uniting and Dividing: How Water Can Bring Western Communities Together or Drive Them Apart

 

PART IV: FUTURE PATHWAYS

Thursday, August 20, 2020 – 10:00 to 11:30

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Elizabeth Garner
Colorado State Demography Office; Department of Local AffairsTitle: Where Do We Grow from Here?
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Russ Sands
Colorado Water Conservation Board; Senior Program Manager of Water Supply Planning
Title: The Colorado Water Plan: Where We’ve Been and the Path Forward
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Peter Barkmann

Colorado Geological Survey; Senior Hydrologist

Title: Groundwater Resources in Colorado: An Online Atlas
Jordan Macknick
Jordan Macknick
USDOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory; Lead Energy-Water-Land Analyst
Title: Transformation of Colorado’s Energy Sector
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Mark Jensen, Ph.D.
Colorado School of Mines; Department of Chemistry, Professor
Title: Is There a Future for Nuclear Energy in The Mountain West?

 

 

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