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2017 Martz Summer Conference

Fighting Back on the Colorado River: Carving Out Progress on Multiple Fronts

Thursday, June 8th and Friday, June 9th, 2017
University of Colorado School of Law
Wolf Law Building, Wittemyer Courtroom

Colorado RiverSince the turn of the 21st century, storage on the Colorado River has declined while stress over the region’s water future has intensified.  The combined impact of overconsumption, drought, and climate change have exposed longstanding problems with the regional water budget, and have focused national attention on the urgency of improving management.  Water managers, river advocates, and other concerned stakeholders and decision-makers are responding, increasingly through basin-wide initiatives that go beyond specifying how looming shortages will be distributed to actually trying to head-off the most painful potential impacts.  Many of these efforts are at a critical juncture.  As they come to fruition, several questions arise:  Are we doing the right things?  Is it enough?  What needs to happen next?

In this public event, we review recent and emerging innovations and evaluate their likely impact on the river system.  Topics will include:

  • Progress on Upper Basin drought contingency planning, including plans for upstream reservoir reoperations, water banking, and demand management;
  • Revised Lake Mead curtailment schedules, and the search for a structural deficit solution;
  • Emerging plans for Salton Sea stabilization;
  • Minute 32X and the continued fight for Delta recovery and expanded US-Mexico partnerships;
  • Efforts to move forward with more flexible use of tribal water resources; and,
  • Opportunities and constraints shaping system-wide conservation and augmentation efforts.

More Information
As the program develops, more info will be available here or by contacting the conference organizer:  Doug Kenney,, 303-492-1296.  The event agenda and the registration site are available at the links below.


We rely on sponsorships to make this event possible.  Confirmed sponsors at this time include the Walton Family Foundation, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Water Funder Initiative, Porzak, Browning, and Bushong LLP, the Southern Nevada Water Authority, the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Berg Hill Greenleaf and Ruscitti, and Hydros Consulting Inc.  Additional sponsorships are currently being sought. If your organization is interested in being a sponsor, please contact the conference organizer: Doug Kenney (

2017 Martz Summer Conference Agenda and Confirmed Speakers

2017 Martz Summer Conference: Pricing and Registration