WRRC Conference 2020
Friday, March 27, 2020
8:00 - 3:30
Black Canyon Conference Center, 9440 N 25th Ave, Phoenix, AZ.
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Engage in exciting discussions at the Water Resources Research Center’s 2020 annual conference, Water at the Crossroads: The Next 40 Years. Join us as we look back at the last 40 years of Arizona water management and forward to the next 40 years. Presentations and moderated panels will focus on describing how our water resources are changing, what pressures water-use sectors face now and in the future, what types of choices are being made around the State, and how we can best achieve long-term resilience. At each crossroads, our decisions must be carefully considered if we are going to achieve a more resilient water future for all Arizonans.
|Bruce Babbitt will present the opening keynote. In his presentation, Looking Forward: Then and Now, he will reflect on Arizona’s groundwater management today and what we need to be addressing over the next 40 years. Mr. Babbitt served as the Attorney General of Arizona from 1975 to 1978, and then served as the state’s governor from 1978 to 1987. As Governor, he negotiated and guided passage of the 1980 Arizona Groundwater Management Act, oversaw the creation of the Arizona Department of Water Resources and the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, and propelled a major expansion of the state park system.||U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman will present the luncheon keynote, The Colorado River and Arizona's Water Management. Among her many accomplishments, she served as legislative counsel for water and energy for Senator Jon Kyl, was the Director of Water Strategy at the Salt River Project, and was the Senior Water Policy Administrator at The Nature Conservancy. Serving as Commissioner since 2017, she led the Bureau during the development of the Drought Contingency Plans for the Colorado River Basin.|