“We decided on this theme last fall,” said Jeff Sellen, workshop director. “Since that time, drought and fire have made water issues in Colorado and the West all the more challenging.”
The workshop will include topic sessions devoted to climate change, with a keynote address by environmental policy expert Tony La Viña on July 20. La Viña serves as the dean of the School of Government at Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines and recently led the REDD-plus (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation) negotiations at the UN Copenhagen Climate Change conference.
In addition to the keynote, two panel discussions on climate change will examine the issue through global, regional, and local perspectives.
Other Water Taboos to be addressed at the Workshop include “Prior Appropriation/Public Trust: Can They Get Along?”; “The Colorado River Compact: Does Something Have to Give?”; and “Weather Modification Options.”
The author’s panel will feature three authors currently publishing books on Colorado water issues, including Justice Gregory Hobbs of the Colorado Supreme Court; Patty Limerick, director of the Center of the American West; and George Sibley of Gunnison.
Topics will also include a panel on local water issues offering a historical perspective on the Upper Gunnison. This panel will be complemented with an educational trip to the Taylor Reservoir, sponsored by the Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District.
Additional sessions include Aaron Clay’s “Colorado Water Law in a Nutshell,” a pre-conference workshop and a professional networking reception hosted by Western president Jay Helman on Wednesday evening.
Registration cost for the entire Workshop is $295. Continuing Legal Education Credit is available. For more information or to register, visit www.western.edu/water or contact Jeff Sellen at firstname.lastname@example.org or (970) 943-3162.
The Colorado Water Workshop was founded jointly by Western history professor Duane Vandenbusche and Gunnison water lawyer and Western graduate Richard "Dick" Bratton in 1976, during a time of a broadening environmental awareness.
Founded in 1901, Western is a public, liberal arts college in Gunnison, Colo. With an enrollment of 2,300 taught by 120 faculty members, Western offers bachelors of arts degrees in 22 areas of study, a bachelor of fine arts, a master of arts in education and a master of fine arts in Creative Writing. Governor John Hickenlooper signed HB 1331 on Monday, June 4, 2012, officially changing Western’s name to Western State Colorado University. The name change will take effect on Aug. 1, 2012.