2003 Annual Conference - Local Approaches to Resolving Water Resource Issues

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Managing to Avoid Crisis

A Look at Water Management Efforts in Rural Arizona

Arizona Reivew fall 2003 cover

Water is a scarce commodity in Arizona. While market forces tend to determine the allocation of most goods and services, a complicated system of law and institutions superimposed on varying land and water forms and patterns of development makes the allocation of water resources extraordinarily complex. Add to that Arizona’s rapid population growth rates, the potential for conflict over water resources is great.

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May 1, 2003

9:00 –  Registration/Continental Breakfast

9:30 –  Welcome

Eugene Sander, Vice Provost and Dean, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences,
University of Arizona
Peter Wierenga, Director, Water Resources Research Center, U. of Arizona

9:40 –  Opening Keynote Address – No Need to Reinvent the Flat Tire—Learning from What’s Working and What Hasn’t Worked

Moderator – Sharon Megdal
Jonas Minton, Deputy Director, California Department of Water Resources

10:30 – Rural Watershed Planning – Who’s Doing What

Moderator, Robert Mawson, Arizona Watershed Alliance
John Munderloh, Yavapai County
Don Bills, U.S. Geological Survey
Gretchen Kent, Fort Huachuca
Jan Holder, Gila Watershed Partnership
Tom Whitmer, Arizona Department of Water Resources

Noon – Lunch, Keynote Address – Droughts, Floods and Other Water Events

Moderator, Dean Sander
Herb Guenther, Director, Arizona Department of Water Resources

1:30 – Perspectives on Progress and Impediments from the Watersheds

Moderator, Barbara Litrell, League of Women Voters Sedona-Verde Valley
Larry Tarkowski, Prescott Valley
Chip Davis, Yavapai County Board of Supervisors
Bob Strain, Sierra Vista City Council
Holly Richter, The Nature Conservancy
Ron Doba, Flagstaff Water
Jan Holder, Gila Watershed Partnership

3:00 – Break

3:15 – Other Regional Perspectives I

Moderator, Deb Young, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension
Lee Storey, Moyes Storey Ltd.
Paul Gardner, Queen Creek Water Co.
Mary Thomas, Lt. Governor, Gila River Indian Community
Stanley Pollack, Navajo Nation Department of Justice
John Sullivan, Salt River Project
David Brown, Brown and Brown

4:30 – Agency Perspectives

Moderator, Errol Montgomery, Errol Montgomery & Associates
Carol Erwin, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
Karen Smith, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality
Kathy Jacobs, Arizona Department of Water Resources

5:30 – Wrap-up

Sharon Megdal, Associate Director, Water Resources Research Center,
University of Arizona

5:45 – Reception – Hors D’oeuvres and Cash Bar

May 2, 2003

7:30 – Continental Breakfast

8:30 – Other Regional Perspectives II

Moderator, Steve Rossi, Phoenix Water
Tom Griffin, Mohave County Water Authority
Harold Thomas, Brown and Caldwell
Herb Dishlip, Consultant

9:15 – Friday Keynote Address – Water Follies:  The Impact of Groundwater Pumping on the Environment in the United States

Moderator, Peter Wierenga
Robert Glennon, Morris K. Udall Professor of Law and Public Policy,
University of Arizona

10:00 – Break

10:15 – State Officials Panel

Moderator, Sharon Megdal
The Honorable Marsha Arzberger
The Honorable Jake Flake (invited)
Herb Guenther, Director, Arizona Department of Water Resources
The Honorable Tom O’Halleran
The Honorable Marc Spitzer, Chairman Arizona Corporation Commission

11:45 – Discussion/Conference Wrap-up

Sharon Megdal

Noon – Optional Field Trip to the Watson Wood Riparian Preserve