Clyde Martz Summer Water Conference

Save the Date: June 5-6, 2014
Wolf Law Building
Boulder, Colorado 

Water and Air Quality Issues in Oil and Gas Development: The Evolving Framework of Regulation and Management

Technical advances in unconventional oil and gas extraction have ushered in a new era of energy development, dramatically affecting economies, environments, and communities in key resource-rich pockets throughout the US.  In this event, we review the ongoing efforts of governments and industry to develop the regulatory and management practices necessary to protect water and air resources.  Some questions to be addressed include:

  • Where does the industry get the water (and how much is used)?  How does this impact water availability for other uses?  Are source waters threatened? 
  • What happens to the produced and flowback water?  Who owns (and is responsible for) this water?  What is the life-cycle of water in fracking operations? 
  • How is air quality impacted and regulated? 
  • How are water and air contamination (and public health) monitored? 
  • What land-use rules, zoning practices, set-backs, and other requirements can be used to protect local resources and other community values?  What level of government makes these decisions? 
  • What role does (should) oil and gas development play in a national energy policy? 
  • What types of "best management practices" offer the most promise for effectively managing competing objectives?

Date: June 5-6, 2014
Location: Wolf Law Building
Boulder, Colorado

Direct inquiries to Doug Kenney,


Past Event

August 15-16, 2013
Wolf Law Building
Boulder, Colorado

Arizona v. California at 50: The Legacy and Future of Governance, Reserved Rights, and Water Transfers

The Colorado River is an economic, environmental and cultural lifeline of the southwestern United States, and the allocation of its scarce waters are a source of ongoing controversy. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Arizona v. California. While the case was an important landmark in the still-evolving relationship between these two Lower Basin states, it remains most relevant today by the way in which it clarified federal rights and responsibilities. This is especially true in the areas of federal (including tribal) reserved rights, the role of the Interior Secretary in Lower Basin water management, and the ability of Congress to allocate/reallocate water. It also modified the Upper Basin/Lower Basin relationship in important ways, especially in the treatment of Lower Basin tributaries. Moving forward, several types of potential management innovations—in areas such as governance and water transfers—will hinge on the framework outlined by this decision.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

8:30 a.m. Arrival - coffee, tea, and beverages
9:00 - 9:15 a.m.

Introductions and Welcome
Phil Weiser, Dean, Colorado Law
Brad Udall, Director, Getches-Wilkinson Center

Session I: The Decision and Its Consequences: Then and Now
Moderator - Mark Squillace

9:15 - 10:00 a.m. Arizona v. California: An Overview
Larry MacDonnell, Professor, Colorado Law
10:00 - 10:45 a.m. To the Victor Goes the Spoils? Implications for Arizona and the Lower Basin
Robert Glennon, Professor, University of Arizona
10:45 - 11:15 a.m. Break
11:15 - 12:00 p.m. Respondents
Sandy Fabritz-Whitney, Director, Arizona Dept. of Water Resources
Jeff Kightlinger, General Manager, MWD of Southern California
Jim Lochhead, CEO/Manager, Denver Water
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch in the Courtyard (provided)
1:00 - 1:10 p.m. The Arizona v. California Digital Archive
Susan Nevelow Mart, Library Director, Colorado Law

Session II: Consequences for the Federal Role
Moderator - Charles Wilkinson

1:15 - 1:45 p.m. Recognition of Federal Reserved Rights
Bret Birdsong, Professor, University of Nevada-Las Vegas
1:45 - 2:15 p.m. Tribal Reserved Rights and Settlements in the CRB
Amy Cordalis, Attorney, Native American Rights Fund
2:15 - 2:45 p.m. Respondents
Michael Gheleta, Attorney, Office of the Solicitor, DOI (invited)
Sarah Krakoff, Professor, Colorado Law
3:15 - 3:45 p.m. Allocating Interstate Rivers after Arizona v. California
Barton “Buzz” Thompson, Professor, Stanford University
3:45 - 4:15 p.m. SOI as Watermaster: Decision Making in the Lower Basin
Bob Johnson, Water Consult (former Reclamation Commissioner)
4:15 - 4:45 p.m. Respondents
Anne Castle, Asst. Secretary for Water & Science, DOI
Others TBD

Evening Reception

4:45 - 7 p.m. Please join us for an evening reception in the Wolf Law Building Courtyard

Friday, August 16, 2013

Session III: Looking Forward
Moderator - Doug Kenney

8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Setting the Stage: Moving Beyond the Basin Study
Brad Udall, Director, Getches-Wilkinson Center
8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Interim Guidelines (and What Happens Below 1025’)
Pat Mulroy, General Manager, Southern Nevada Water Authority
9:00 - 9:20 a.m. Respondent
Barton “Buzz” Thompson, Professor, Stanford University
9:20 - 9:50 a.m. The (Ongoing) Evolution of Lower Basin Water Banking
Jeff Kightlinger, General Manager, MWD of Southern California
9:50 - 10:20 a.m. Next Up: Upper Basin Water Banks
Eric Kuhn, GM, Colorado River Water Conservation District
10:20 - 10:50 a.m. Break
10:50 - 11:20 a.m. New Uses for Tribal Water
Julie Nania, Getches-Wyss Fellow, Getches-Wilkinson Center
11:20 - 11:50 a.m. Mexico and Minute 319: What’s Up and What’s Next?
Bob Snow, Attorney, Office of the Solicitor, DOI
11:50 - 12:20 p.m. Respondents
Herb Becker, Attorney, JA Associates
Barton “Buzz” Thompson, Professor, Stanford University
Jennifer Pitt, Director, Colorado River Project, EDF
12:20 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch (local restaurants -- you choose)
1:30 - 2:00 p.m. Restoring the Health of the River
Jack Schmidt, Chief USGS Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center
2:00 - 2:30 p.m. Reckoning Arizona v. California with the Colorado River Compact
Jason Robison, Professor, University of Wyoming
2:30 - 4:00 p.m. Tying it All Together: Final Observations
Sandy Fabritz-Whitney, Director, Arizona Dept. of Water Resources
Eric Kuhn, GM, Colorado River Water Conservation District
Jim Lochhead, CEO/Manager, Denver Water
Guy Martin, Partner, Perkins Coie (Washington, D.C.)
Pat Mulroy, General Manager, Southern Nevada Water Authority
Tanja Trujillo, Exec. Director, Colorado River Board of California


Register through July 15, 2013 for a 20% discount

$320 General
$240 Government
$160 Academic/Non-profit
$ 20 Student

Registration price after July 15, 2013

$400 General
$300 Government
$200 Academic/Non-profit
$ 25 Student

Additional Fees:

$50 CLE Credit, General Credits
$20 On Campus Parking Permit


Nearest major airport is Denver International Airport (DIA), about 45 minutes from Boulder. Taxis, shuttle and rental cars are available at DIA airport.

Ground Transportation:

Public transportation is available through RTD SkyRide, Bus AB; cost is $24/round trip or $13 one way.