Thursday January 9, 2014 0 commentsBy Steve Porter
DENVER - An inaugural Colorado Water Summit that aims to dip deeply into the future of the state's water supplies and infrastructure is set for March 3-4 at the Denver Marriott Center.
The summit will include a keynote address by John Stulp, special water policy advisor to Gov. John Hickenlooper. The governor issued an executive order in May 2013 directing the Colorado Water Conservation Board to develop a Colorado Water Plan.
Studies by water-oriented organizations across the state have concluded that Colorado's water supply future is precarious, with growing gaps between supplies and demands and ongoing uncertainty about drought and climate change.
A final Colorado Water Plan is expected to be presented by the end of 2015.
The Colorado Water Summit will also feature presentations on the state's water future over the next 10 years, development of alternate sources of water, the state's regulatory environment, what lessons can be learned from the Texas approach to securing water resources and new water requirements from increasing oil-and-gas development.
Speakers and panelists include Will Sarni, Deloitte Consulting; David Stewart and Forbes Guthrie, Stewart Environmental Consultants; James Eklund, Colorado Water Conservation Board; Carlos Rubinstein, Texas Water Development Board; Frank Kinder and Ron Sanchez, Colorado Springs Utilities; Colorado Senator Gail Schwartz; Ken Burris, Worley Parsons; Michael Glade, Molson Coors Brewing; Al White, Colorado Tourism Office; Mark Sponsler, Colorado Corn; David Gold, Access Venture Partners; Tom Clark, Metro Denver; and representatives from Denver Water.
The summit is being produced by California-based Infocast Events.