CU Law Conference to Discuss Emerging Solutions on Water Resource Issues in the American West

May 20, 2009

The stresses facing Western water resources and innovative and effective ways to solve the emerging water crisis will be explored at the University of Colorado at Boulder June 3-5 during the Natural Resource Law Center's annual summer conference.

Titled "Western Water Law, Policy and Management: Ripples, Currents and New Channels for Inquiry," the conference will be held in the Wolf Law Building, located at the south end of the Boulder campus on Kittredge Loop Road.

A myriad of experts will discuss challenges and emerging solutions to the most pressing water policy and management issues. Michael L. Connor, current member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and commissioner designate of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation in Washington, D.C., will address "Western Water Issues in the New Administration." Keynote speaker Robert Glennon, the Morris K. Udall Professor of Law and Public Policy at the University of Arizona's Rogers College of Law, will preview his new book "Unquenchable" as he discusses "America's Water Crisis and What To Do About It."

"The center's 30th annual summer conference is truly special this year because we have decided to name the conference for our friend and mentor, Clyde Martz," said Mark Squillace, director of the CU-Boulder Natural Resources Law Center and professor of law. "Those of us in the natural resources law field have known Clyde as an outstanding teacher, lawyer, mentor and public servant, and we are especially proud of the seminal role that Clyde played in founding the Natural Resources Law Center in 1982."

The conference comes at a key moment for the region, according to Doug Kenney, director of the center's Western Water Policy Program and conference organizer.

"Water has always been a salient public policy issue in the West, but today water issues are increasingly interwoven with issues of climate change, energy reform, environmental restoration, land use and growth decisions, economic recovery -- even national security," he said.

"The legal and political institutions that evolved to manage water and related natural resources have, for the most part, served us well, but it is far from clear that these institutions are capable of adapting as quickly and as extensively as may be necessary to serve us in the future," said Squillace.

For more information about the conference, including a complete schedule, registration fees and online registration, visit the Natural Resources Law Center Web site at www.colorado.edu/law/centers/nrlc/ or call 303-492-1286.

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