41st Annual Colorado Law Conference on Natural Resources

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Date(s) - 09/29/2021 - 10/01/2021
12:00 am


Equity in the Colorado River Basin:
How to Sustainably Manage a Shrinking Resource

In any given year of late, demands for water in the Colorado River Basin exceed supply.  Chronic drought, record heat, and rampant wildfires are already affecting the Basin’s overall health and resilience, and the historically low levels in Lakes Mead and Powell raise the specter of an unprecedented call on the river.  These historic challenges come at a time when several key components of the “Law of the River” are sunsetting in 2026.  Key players are already revisiting the 2007 Interim Guidelines, Minute 323, and the 2019 Drought Contingency Plan.  Relatedly, endangered fish programs relevant to the region expire in 2023.  Meanwhile, 48% of tribal households in the U.S. do not have access to reliable water sources, clean drinking water, or basic sanitation.  These harsh realities hasten the need to advance sustainable water management, improve watershed resilience, and ensure clean water access through collaborative decision-making.  We look forward to bringing together diverse expertise from across the region to draw the roadmap to an equitable future in the Colorado River Basin.

41st Annual Colorado Law Conference on Natural Resources
Thursday, September 30 and Friday, October 1
9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Wolf Law Building, Wittemyer Courtroom

Conference Program

Registration Rates
General (In person)     $400
Government (In person)     $325
Nonprofit/Non CU Academic (In person)     $225
Remote Access Only     $175
CU Faculty/Staff/Student (In person/Zoom)     Free

Conference Registration

Registrants of all categories will be provided remote access.
Campus parking, lunches and refreshments, and CLE credit included with registration. CLE accreditation information pending.

COVID Information – Masks Required

Masks are required in public indoor spaces on the CU Boulder campus regardless of vaccination status as of Aug. 13, 2021.

Refund Policy

In the event that the GWC determines that it must convert the conference to a fully remote event, in-person registrants will be offered the opportunity to adjust their registrations to the Remote Access Only option ($175) with the balance refunded. Please note: conversion to a fully remote conference is the only condition that will trigger this partial refund.

Friday Co-Host

We are so pleased to announce an historic collaboration with the Colorado River District.  Representing a bridge across the Divide, our Friday agenda includes several simulcast presentations from the District’s Annual Water Seminar held in Grand Junction.

Conference Registration

Thank you to our conference sponsors!