Friday February 28, 2014 0 commentsDENVER - Colorado's first statewide summit on the future of the state's water supplies is set for March 3-4 in Denver.
The "Colorado Water Summit" will be held at the Denver Marriott Center and feature addresses and panel discussions on a variety of water-related topics as the state continues to experience - with the possible exception of last September's floods -- an ongoing drought.
It's not just an ongoing water shortage that worries state officials and water experts but also increasing demand for water from agriculture, urban development and stepped-up oil-and-gas operations.
The summit will kick off with a keynote address by John Stulp, former Colorado Secretary of Agriculture and now special water policy advisor to Gov. John Hickenlooper.
Stulp's address will consider how recent floods affected the state's water infrastructure and how Colorado can plan for a drought while experiencing one.
Other speakers on the first day of the summit include Will Sarni, Deloitte Consulting LLP's expert on enterprise water strategy; David Stewart, president of Stewart Environmental Consultants, who will talk about developing alternate sources of water; and James Eklund, director of the Colorado Water Conservation Board, who will discuss the latest developments in state water regulations and the Colorado Water Plan, which has been under development since Gov. Hickenlooper issued an executive order in 2013 to develop a statewide water strategy.
A final Colorado Water Plan is expected to be presented by the end of 2015.
Studies by water organizations across the state have concluded that Colorado's water supply future is precarious with growing gaps between supplies and demand and ongoing uncertainty about climate change.
Those studies show Colorado may have to invest up to $7 billion to cope with the state's future water needs.
Also on the first day of the summit will be a panel discussion on new water requirements arising from hydraulic fracking, which has created enormous demand for water in the last few years.
A complete agenda of the two-day summit is available here.
The summit is being produced by California-based Infocast Events. InnovatioNews is one of the summit's sponsors.