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Water conference season starts

Brief by Central Staff

Water – April 2007 – Colorado Central Magazine

It may be too early to start watering your lawn, but it is time to start thinking about water — or at least, water conferences, with two gatherings scheduled in the near future, one in Rocky Ford and the other in Gunnison.

The annual Arkansas River Basin Water Forum runs April 12 and 13 in Rocky Ford, where Gov. Bill Ritter and Supreme Court Justice Gregory Hobbs are featured speakers.

Other scheduled presenters include the state engineers from Colorado and Kansas, conservancy district general managers, the chairman of the Arkansas River Roundtable, a member of the Colorado-Kansas Compact Committee, and Colorado’s state climatologist.

There’s also an open photography contest, and an art contest for K-12 students with the theme “Water — Life of the Arkansas River Valley.”

For more information about the conference, including registration costs, check the website at; contest information is available from Rachel Bogner,

Western State College at Gunnison will host the 32nd annual Colorado Water Workshop May 22-24 (note that it has moved from its traditional date of last-weekend-in-July). This year’s topic is the Colorado River, from its Rocky Mountain headwaters to its delta on the Sea of Cortez in Mexico.

Even though the Colorado River flows on Colorado’s western slope, it supplies plenty of water to Colorado’s eastern slope via trans-mountain diversions, and so its management affects the entire state. There should be more information, as the workshop’s program develops, at