Thursday, June 8 and Friday, June 9, 2023
University of Colorado School of Law
The Getches-Wilkinson Center and the Water & Tribes Initiative invite you to attend:
Crisis on the Colorado River: From Short-Term Solutions to Long-Term Sustainability
The Colorado River is in crisis. Rapid declines in reservoir storage now threaten many longstanding agreements and operational norms, triggering curtailments in water deliveries and prompting emergency interstate and federal/interstate negotiations.
The challenge is two-fold: adopting rules to equitably “share the pain” in the short-term, while transitioning to a management framework to support long-term sustainability in what will likely be an increasingly arid future. It is both a water and a “people” problem, requiring innovations for stretching limited supplies through processes emphasizing equity and inclusion across all values, stakeholders, and sovereigns, including the United States, Mexico, Tribes, and the seven basin states.
Thursday, June 8th
Day 1, Part 1: https://youtu.be/egKHhNzk3Hk
00:00 Welcome and Introduction
19:13 Understanding the Challenges (and Opportunities)
2:00:40 Current Negotiations and the NEPA Process
2:39 Charles Wilkinson Tribute
Day 1, Part 2: https://youtu.be/yzzLTnhgHFM
00:00 The Evolving Role of Tribes
2:30:52 Insights from the Basin States
Friday, June 9th
Day 2, Part 1: https://youtu.be/OLXX8vyMf50
00:46 Thinking About a Sustainable Future
2:01:13 Some Specific Questions to Answer
Day 2, Part 2: https://youtu.be/Yfyb6dNLsx0
00:00 Some Specific Questions to Answer (Continued)
2:30:26 Themes, Lessons and Concerns: Can We Turn Crisis into Opportunity?