Published: May 23, 2011

Keynote by renowned water authority and other events open to the public

Denver – Patricia Mulroy, general manager of the Southern Nevada Water Authority and renowned speaker on national water issues, will be the keynote speaker at the University of Colorado Law School’s Natural Resources Law Center 2011 Martz Summer Conference.  

This keynote address begins the Center’s three-day conference, June 8-10, which will focus on current and future issues surrounding Colorado River management.

Mulroy’s keynote, titled “And then there was little to fight about. Can we get through the worst of times?” will be on June 8 at 5:30 p.m. in the Wolf Law Building at the University of Colorado. This keynote address is open to the public and admission is free.

As general manager of one of the country’s most progressive water agencies, Mulroy is exceptionally active in regional and national water issues. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies and the National Water Resources Association, and on the Board of Trustees of the Water Research Foundation.  Additionally, she was the original chairperson of the Western Urban Water Coalition and served on the Colorado River Water Users Association’s board of directors.

In addition to the keynote address by Mulroy, there are two other events on June 8 which will be open to the public:

8:30 a.m. –1 p.m.:  261st Meeting of the Upper Colorado River Commission that will include reports from the Colorado River Salinity Control Forum, the Bureau of Reclamation, Western Area Power Administration, Fish and Wildlife Service,  National Park Service, and the National Climate Center

2:00 p.m. – 4 p.m.:  Colorado River Basin-Wide Federal Studies – An Update Multiple Federal agencies are conducting basin-wide studies that address potential climate variability and change in the Colorado River Basin.  During this session, a select group of Federal program managers and technical specialists – including the Bureau of Land Management, US Geologic Survey, US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Bureau of Reclamation, will provide an overview of their activities and participate in an open panel/audience discussion on the commonalities, differences, and opportunities for collaboration among these studies. 

Registration and additional information about the conference including the program agenda is available on the Natural Resources Law Center’s website at


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