Western Water Symposium examines new innovations July 24

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At the 2017 Western Water Symposium and Barbecue, Colorado State University Libraries will be hosting conversations that make waves about new innovations surrounding water law, policy and technology, while benefiting its Water Resources Archive, an irreplaceable collection of historical documents pertaining to water in Colorado.

Jennifer Gimbel, Gregory J. Hobbs Jr., John Stulp, Jennifer Pitt and Patrick O’Toole are scheduled to speak at this year’s Western Water Symposium and Barbecue on Monday, July 24, at CSU’s Morgan Library. These renowned experts will share their knowledge and lead important conversations on the theme of water optimism and innovation.

The speakers

CSU Senior Water Policy Scholar Gimbel will emcee the program.

Hobbs, author of The Public’s Water Resource, Articles on Water Law, History, and Culture, will share his 20 years of experiences as a Colorado Supreme Court Justice and discuss historical water developments in the Cache la Poudre River Basin. His talk is titled, “The Poudre River’s Heritage: Turn Back or Move Forward?”

Stulp, special policy advisor to the governor for water and director of the Interbasin Compact Committee, will discuss “Water’s Innovative Future,” covering statewide innovations and the collaborative efforts required to achieve them.

Following the barbecue lunch, the National Audubon Society’s Colorado River Program Director Pitt, who has worked to protect and restore Colorado rivers, will share her exceptional experiences surrounding management approaches for the Colorado River in “We’re All in It Together: Crafting Colorado River Management for the 21st Century.”

O’Toole, president of the Family Farm Alliance, will tackle a broader perspective and outlook on water innovation and optimism in a national context. His talk is titled, “What’s Old is New, What’s New is Old.”

Panel of innovators

A special panel of innovators will follow the symposium with their unique perspectives, and a tour of the Water Resources Archive will conclude the day. A reception immediately follows. The event begins at 9 a.m. and concludes at 6 p.m.

The cost to attend is $100 and includes the symposium, reception, and lunch; student admission is $50. All proceeds benefit the Water Resources Archive.

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