The Colorado Law Natural Resources Law Center celebrated its 25th Annual Summer Conference by exploring one of the most important natural resources of the 21st century: groundwater. Titled "Groundwater in the West," the conference was held June 16-18 at the Fleming Law Building on the University of Colorado at Boulder campus. Participants discussed law, policy, and management of groundwater in the West. "As demands on surface water increase and drought seems more the norm than the exception, our attention is increasingly turning to groundwater," said Kathryn Mutz, conference organizer and a researcher with the center. "Cities, farmers, tribes and conservationists must all look for innovative ways to protect both short-term and long-term water supplies for both our communities and the environment." Robert Glennon, author of "Water Follies: Groundwater Pumping and the Fate of America's Fresh Water," will deliver the keynote speech June 16 at 7 p.m. in the Lindsley Memorial Courtroom of the law building. Prior to his speech, Glennon will hold a book signing. A reception will follow the lecture. The book signing, lecture and reception are free and open to the public. The three-day conference provided the basics of the science and law of groundwater and explored innovative management efforts. Conference sessions highlighted case studies of groundwater use and management throughout the West, focus on innovative solutions for a rapidly growing West and explore interstate and international transboundary issues.