Interdisciplinary Water Resources Seminar

Colorado Water Center Courses at CSU
Fall 2021 GRAD592 | Interdisciplinary Water Resources Seminar Series

SCHEDULE CHANGE: Brad Udall’s seminar, previously planned for October 18th, will now be on November 29th; the October 18th class will be held in person and restricted to students.

Each fall the Colorado Water Center offers this interdisciplinary seminar series emphasizing issues important to the water resources community. Content relates to a preselected theme each semester and features prominent speakers from around the region. Students who have enrolled in GRAD592 in the past may also enroll in this offering.

All interested faculty, students, and off-campus guests are welcome to attend.

CRN: 64198
Credit Hours: 1
Schedule: Mondays 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Virtual

Course Instructor:
Jennifer Gimbel | Interim Director and Senior Water Policy Scholar
Colorado Water Center
Jennifer.Gimbel@colostate.edu

Date of SeminarSeminar TitleSpeaker(s)Title and Organization
August 23rdIntroduction to Western Water Law and SustainabilityJennifer GimbelInterim Director, CoWC
August 30thFederal, State, and International Water LawJennifer GimbelInterim Director, CoWC
September 13thWater Quality SustainabilityJill OropezaWater Quality Services Manager, Ft. Collins Utilities
September 20thEcosystem SustainabilityCarmen FarmerConservation Project Manager, Colorado Open Lands
September 27thIntegration of Water and Land Use PlanningAnne CastleSenior Fellow, Getches-Wilkinson Center
October 4thLocal Water System ChallengesSean ChambersDirector of Water and Sewer, City of Greeley
October 11thPrivatization of Water and SpeculationPeggy MontañoPartner, Trout, Raley Law Firm
October 18thColorado River SustainabilityJennifer GimbelInterim Director, CoWC
October 25thOne Water SustainabilityMazdak ArabiDirector, Urban Water Center at CSU (invited)
November 1stAgricultural Water SustainabilityGreg PetersonExecutive Director of Colorado Ag Water Alliance
November 8thWater Equity, Diversity and InclusionRio de la Vista & Ronda LobatoDirector, Salazar Rio Grande del Norte Center, Adams State
Board Member, Costilla County Conservancy District
November 15thWildfire and Water SustainabilityEsther VincentDirector of Environmental Services, Northern Water
November 29thClimate Challenges to SustainabilityBrad UdallSenior Water & Climate Scientists/Scholar, CoWC
December 6thSustainability and WaterJennifer GimbelInterim Director, CoWC

Seminar Series Archives

Introduction to Western Water Law and Sustainability

08/23/2021 • Jennifer Gimbel,
Interim Director, CoWC

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Required Readings and Seminar Links:

Human Evolution Led to an Extreme Thirst for Water

Definition of Sustainability

Seminar Recording Week 1
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Federal, State, and International Water Law

08/30/2021 • Jennifer Gimbel,
Interim Director, CoWC

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Required Readings and Seminar Links:

History of Colorado Water Law: Adaptation and Change

Sustainability in Water Supply

Seminar Recording Week 2
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Water Quality Sustainability

09/13/2021 • Jill Oropeza,
Water Quality Services Manager, Ft. Collins Utilities

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Required Readings and Seminar Links:

Denver Water - Planning for our Future

City of Fort Collins - Water Quality Report 2020

Seminar Recording Week 3
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Ecosystem Sustainability

09/20/2021 • Carmen Farmer,
Conservation Project Manager, Colorado Open Lands

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Required Readings and Seminar Links:

Ecosystems 101 for Colorado

Identifying Ecosystem Key Factors to Support Sustainable Water Management

Seminar Recording Week 4
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Local Water System Challenges

10/04/2021 • Sean Chambers,
Director of Water and Sewer, City of Greeley

Required Readings and Seminar Links:

City of Greeley - Drought uncomfortably hits the West; Greeley’s water portfolio is stable

City of Greeley - 2021 Proposed City Charter Amendments

Greeley's Water Future

Seminar Recording Week 6

Colorado River Sustainability

10/18/2021 • Jennifer Gimbel,
Interim Director, CoWC

Required Readings and Seminar Links:

N/A

Agricultural Water Sustainability

11/01/2021 • Greg Peterson,
Executive Director of Colorado Ag Water Alliance

Required Readings and Seminar Links:

The irrigation Efficiency Paradox

Water Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

11/08/2021 • Rio de la Vista,
Director, Salazar Rio Grande del Norte Center, Adams StateRonda Lobato Board Member, Costilla County Conservancy District

Required Readings and Seminar Links:

N/A

Wildfire and Water Sustainability

11/15/2021 • Esther Vincent,
Director of Environmental Services, Northern Water

Required Readings and Seminar Links:

N/A

Climate Challenges to Sustainability

11/29/2021 • Brad Udall,
Senior Water & Climate Scientists/Scholar, CoWC

Required Readings and Seminar Links:

White Paper - Alternative Management Paradigms for the Future of the Colorado and Green Rivers

Climate change is shrinking the Colorado River

How Climate Change Impacts Our Water

Sustainability and Water

12/06/2021 • Jennifer Gimbel,
Interim Director, CoWC

Required Readings and Seminar Links:

N/A

Western Water Law

08/24/2020 • Jennifer Gimbel, Colorado Water Center

Required Readings and Seminar Links:

Citizen's Guide to Colorado Water Law, Week 1 Audio, Week 1 PowerPoint

State Water Institutions & Policy

08/31/2020 • Becky Mitchell, Colorado Water Conservation Board

Required Readings and Seminar Links:

Colorado's Water Plan, Week 2 Audio, Week 2 PowerPoint

Water Institutions: Local & Regional

09/14/2020 • Brad Wind, Northern Water

Required Readings and Seminar Links:

Citizen’s Guide to Where Your Water Comes From, Week 3 Audio, Week 3 PowerPoint

The Making of State Water Laws, Policies, and Politics

09/21/2020 • Jeni Arndt, State Representative, HD 53

Required Readings and Seminar Links:

The Legislative Process, Week 4 Audio,

Federal Water Law & Institutions

09/28/2020 • Jennifer Gimbel, Colorado Water Center

Required Readings and Seminar Links:

Agencies & Organizations, Week 5 Audio,

Environmental Aspects of Water Policy & Politics

10/05/2020 • Nicole Rowan, Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment

Required Readings and Seminar Links:

Week 6 Audio, Week 6 PowerPoint,

Recreation: Water Law & Policy

10/12/2020 • Ian Stafford, American Whitewater •Greg Kernohan , Ducks Unlimited

Required Readings and Seminar Links:

Week 7 Audio, Week 7 PowerPoint,

State Water Administration

10/19/2020 • Kevin Rein, Colorado State Engineer

Required Readings and Seminar Links:

Week 8 Audio, Week 8 PowerPoint,

Science & Water Policy

10/26/2020 • Brad Udall, Colorado Water Center

Required Readings and Seminar Links:

Washington Post Article, Week 9 Audio, Week 9 PowerPoint

Reserved Water Rights: Law, Policy, and Politics

11/02/2020 • John Echohawk, Native American Rights Fund

Required Readings and Seminar Links:

Week 10 Audio,

Municipal Water Policy & Politics

11/09/2020 • Jim Lochhead, Denver Water

Required Readings and Seminar Links:

Week 11 Audio,

Interstate Water Law, Policy, and Politics

11/16/2020 • Jennifer Gimbel, Colorado Water Center

Required Readings and Seminar Links:

Week 12 Audio,

The Fall 2019 seminar series explored the law, governance, and management of transboundary water resources, including water law throughout the West and especially Colorado. Topics included interstate agreements, decrees governing water distribution, and interstate groundwater issues, with a national water law overlay. The seminar spotlighted four case studies:

  • Platte River (Colorado, Nebraska, Wyoming)
  • High Plains Aquifer (Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas)
  • Rio Grande River (Colorado, New Mexico, Texas)
  • Colorado River (Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming, and Mexico)

Download the 2019 Syllabus

Intro, Western Water Law

08/26/2019 • Jennifer Gimbel, CoWC • Download

Required readings: N/A

Lower Colorado River Issues, Drought Plans

09/09/2019 • John Entsminger, Southern Nevada Water Authority • Download

Required readings: The Colorado River , Drought Contingency Plans for the Colorado River, Nevada Water Law 101

Colorado Water Law, Federal Law, Compacts

09/16/2019 • Jennifer Gimbel, CoWC • Download

Required readings: Citizen's Guide to Colorado Water Law

Wyoming Water Issues: Platte River, Yellowstone River, Colorado River, Groundwater

09/23/2019 • Steve Wolff, Wyoming State Engineer's Office • Download

Required readings: Drought Contingency Plans for the Colorado River Basin , Wyoming's Compacts, Treaties, and Court Decrees

Kansas Water Issues: Arkansas River, Republican River

09/30/2019 • David Robbins, Hill and Robbins P.C.

Required readings: Groundwater Management: Lessons from Colorado v. Kansas

International Water Issues with Mexico

Platte River Issues Affecting Colorado

10/14/2019 • Alan Berryman, Assistant General Manager, NCWCD, Berthoud • Download

Required readings: N/A

Upper Colorado River Compact and Drought Plans

Managing Interstate Compacts in Colorado

11/04/2019 • Kevin Rein, Colorado State Engineer • Download

Required readings: Vanishing Rio Grande puts pressure on San Luis Valley farmers during extreme drought , Rio Grande Issues

The Role of NGO's in Interstate and International Water Issues

11/11/2019 • Ted Kowalski, Senior Program Officer, Walton Family Foundation

Required readings: Colorado River , Role of Non-Governmental Organizations in Restoration and Management of Freshwater Ecosystems

New Mexico Water Issues: Rio Grande, Pueblo and Native American Issues; Texas v. New Mexico

11/18/2019 • Rolf Schmidt-Peterson, Director, New Mexico Interstate Streams Commission

Required readings: Overview of Water Law Applicable to The Middle Rio Grande Water Planning Region , No. 141, Orig. Texas v. New Mexico, NM Interstate Compacts

Politics, Political Will, Bureaucracy

12/02/2019 • Jennifer Gimbel, CoWC

Required readings: Bravery in the Face of Bureaucracy: The Negotiation and Completion of Minute 319

Citizen’s Guide to Colorado Water Law

08/24/2020 • ,

Required readings:

Western Water Law

08/24/2020 • Jennifer Gimbel, Colorado Water Center

Required readings:

State Water Institutions & Policy

08/31/2020 • Becky Mitchell, Colorado Water Conservation Board

Required readings:

Water Institutions: Local & Regional

09/14/2020 • Brad Wind, Northern Water

Required readings: Citizen’s Guide to Where Your Water Comes From , Water Center Summary

The Making of State Water Laws, Policies, and Politics

09/21/2020 • Jeni Arndt, State Representative, HD 53

Required readings: The Legislative Process

Federal Water Law & Institutions

09/28/2020 • Jennifer Gimbel, Colorado Water Center

Required readings:

Recreation: Water Law & Policy

10/05/2020 • Ian Stanford, American Whitewater

Required readings: N/A

Environmental Aspects of Water Policy & Politics

10/12/2020 • Nicole Rowan, Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment

Required readings: N/A

State Water Administration

10/19/2020 • Kevin Rein, Colorado State Engineer

Required readings: N/A

Science & Water Policy

Reserved Water Rights: Law, Policy, and Politics

11/02/2020 • John Echohawk, Native American Rights Fund

Required readings: N/A

Municipal Water Policy & Politics

11/09/2020 • Jim Lochhead, Denver Water

Required readings: N/A

The Fall 2018 seminar series included topics of history and evolution, administration, water court, inter/intrastate compacts, key cases and statutes, water quality, environmental law, and groundwater.

Download the 2018 Syllabus

GRAD 592 2016 recordings and live streams