2008 Annual Conference - The Importance of the Colorado River for Arizona's Future

Presented in Collaboration with the Central Arizona Project

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa
2400 East Missouri Ave.
Phoenix, Arizona


7:30 – 8:30     
Registration and light breakfast

8:30 – 8:40     
Welcomes: Sharon Megdal, Director, WRRC and Sid Wilson, General 
Manager, CAP

8:40 – 9:40     
Looking at the Past; Looking toward the Future

A Report from 2048 –Tom McCann, Resource Planning & Analysis, CAP

9:40 – 10:45  
Where and how will the water be used in 2048?
Part 1

Moderator: Sid Wilson, General Manager, CAP
Gila River Indian Community – Governor William R. Rhodes
Tohono O’odham Nation – Chairman Ned Norris, Jr.
State Land – What State Land will be developed by 2048? – Commissioner
Mark Winkleman, State Land Department
The CAGRD – What will the 2044 Plan of Operation look like? – Susan Bitter Smith, Board President, CAP

10:45 – 11:00 

11:00 – 12:00 
Where and how will the water be used in 2048?
Part 2

Moderator: Sid Wilson, General Manager, CAP
Yuma County – Wade Noble, General Counsel, Wellton-Mohawk Irrigation & Drainage District
Mohave County – Maureen George, General Counsel, Mohave County Water Authority
Pima County – Chuck Huckelberry, County Administrator, Pima County;;
Pinal County – David Snider, Supervisor, Pinal County;
Maricopa County – Ray Jones, Chairman, WESTMARC

12:15 - 1:15    
Lunch and Keynote Address: Introduction by Carol Erwin, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
An Overview of West-Wide Water Challenges – Commissioner Bob Johnson, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

1:30 - 2:30    
Addressing Uncertainties Associated with Drought and Climate Change: The 40 year outlook

Moderator: John Hoffmann, Director, USGS Arizona Water Science Center
Arizona Water Banking Authority and Shortage Sharing – Herb Guenther, Director, ADWR;
Lower Colorado River Flow Modeling –;Terry Fulp, Deputy Regional Director, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
Water Management Adaptation Considerations – Kathy Jacobs, Executive Director, Arizona Water Institute

2:30 - 3:00   
Desalination and Public-Private Partnerships – Sam Kramer, Engineering Manager, Ambient Technologies, Inc.

3:00 - 3:15   

3:15 - 4:15   
The Environment as a Water Using Sector: The 40 year outlook

Moderator: Sharon Megdal, Director, WRRC
The Lower Colorado River Multispecies Conservation Program - Lorri Gray, Regional Director, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
Four Scenarios for the Lower Colorado River Basin –Mark Lellouch, Project Manager, Sonoran Institute 
A Conservation Vision for the Colorado River in 2050– Sandy Bahr, Conservation Outreach Director, The Sierra Club

4:15 - 4:45    
Key Challenges and Audience Discussion