Date: Wednesday April 17th at the Buell Mansion, 6:30 to 8:00, panel discussion begins at 7pm
Topic: Preserving the Green We Love – Urban Water Challenges in a Changing Climate
Learn more about the impact of the changing climate patterns on our urban water sources. Attending our Spring Speaker Series event is the perfect place to start. Please join your neighbors for cocktails, light appetizers and conversation about the water challenges facing Colorado and our own community, as well as strategies to manage our shared use of this precious resource.
This year’s Spring Speaker Series topic was selected because water conservation is an increasingly critical issue in Colorado and the west. Nearly 40 million people depend on water from the Colorado River – as well as the entire ecosystem of the arid southwest landscape. Changing climate patterns are only promising a hotter and drier future.
One consequence of this trend recently made national headlines when Colorado and six other western states agreed to a plan to manage the 19-year drought of the Colorado River and its reservoirs, Lake Mead and Lake Powell. (Click here to read the full article.) The plan took years of negotiations – and effectively stalled what would have been the first federally enforced restrictions on the river’s lower basins.
Hear different perspectives on the availability and management of water in Colorado from the Colorado River to our own High Line Canal. Join us for our Spring Speakers Series!
Or, feel free to send a check for $25 per attendee to: PO Box 522 Englewood, CO 80151-0522.
Spring Speaker Series Panelists:
Justice Gregory J. Hobbs Jr. is a Distinguished Jurist in Residence and Co-Director of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. He currently serves as a Senior Water Judge for the Colorado Courts, assigned to the mediation of water cases. He formerly served as a Colorado Supreme Court Justice.
Harriet LaMair is a founding member of the High Line Canal Conservancy. She is a former Founder and Executive Director of the Cherry Hills Land Preserve, as well as a Former Councilwoman for Cherry Hills Village. She has a tenure rich in government and public policy experience as well as an unsurpassed passion for building connections between communities and the natural world.
Jeff Lukas is a Senior Associate Scientist with Western Water Assessment, a research program at the University of Colorado Boulder that is partnered with NOAA. He works closely with water resource managers and other decision-makers across the Rocky Mountain West to help them better understand and prepare for risks related to weather and climate.