43rd Annual Colorado Law Conference on Natural Resources

Thursday, June 8 and Friday, June 9, 2023
University of Colorado School of Law
Wittemyer Courtroom

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.

Conference Program

CLE Accreditation Notice

Conference Recordings

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?