Communiqué

Dear Member of the Western Water Community,

 

The Colorado Water Workshop invites you to our 34th Annual Meeting, which will focus upon the promises, perils, past, and future of non-consumptive water use in Colorado and the American West. The reconstruction of Western State College’s modern student union allows us the opportunity to temporarily relocate our proceedings to the Mountaineer Square Lodge in Mount Crested Butte. Not only does this venue have the space and technological capacity needed, it also offers well-appointed rooms, fine dining, and ample space for personal and professional socializing, all of which are central to an enjoyable conference experience. Based on your written comments from last year, the conference will be held on July 22, 23, and 24th to better suit your busy schedules.

In addition to coordinating with the Colorado Water Conservation Board’s July meeting, which will be held at the Elevation Hotel in Crested Butte, we have also coordinated our efforts with the Public Policy Forum of Crested Butte, which has invited Colorado Supreme Court Justice Hobbs as their keynote speaker the first evening of our conference. The tentative title of Justice Hobbs’s presentation is “Water: What We've Got and Where Do We Go.” We are currently working on a wide range of exciting options for our keynote address, which will be held Thursday evening. In addition to dynamic panels that address the legal, biological, ecological, historical, and economic aspects of non-consumptive use, we will also incorporate field trip opportunities into the program that will enable interested attendees to go beyond the traditional conference setting while deepening their understanding of the major questions posed by the conference.

As your conference takes shape, I would also like to welcome presentation proposals on topics related to non-consumptive use. If you are interested in presenting at this year’s Colorado Water Workshop, please email me a one-page proposal and short biography, both of which will aid in evaluating your proposals and making certain that your presentation is placed in an appropriate panel (jfrank@western.edu). The deadline for presentation proposals is April 1st. To encourage your participation as a panelist, the Colorado Water Workshop will waive registration fees and help defray other conference-related costs for presenters. I have already received a number of exciting proposals, and I look forward to hearing your ideas. As soon as our contract with the venue is finalized we will send out registration forms. The forms will also be available online at http://www.western.edu/water/.

As the new Director of the Colorado Water Workshop, I would like to take this opportunity to say how honored and excited I am to be working for, and with, each of you. As you know, water-related issues are some of the most pressing and interesting problems we face. With the contribution of your ideas, expertise, and passion, the Colorado Water Workshop will continue to play a positive role in the “water world” by providing a space for respectful discourse and innovative ideas. I wish each of you a happy and prosperous new year, and I look forward to meeting you this July.

Best Wishes,

Dr. Jerry Frank
Director, Colorado Water Workshop
Lecturer, Environmental Studies
Western State College of Colorado