2020 Agenda

7:50 – 8:00 a.m.


8:00 – 9:00 a.m. | Session I

NISP: Status Check

The Northern Integrated Supply Project has cleared several regulatory hurdles to begin construction. What approvals remain for the $1.1 billion project, and what does this long controversy say about Northern Colorado’s water usage, demand and supply?

Reagan Waskom (moderator)

Director, Colorado Water Center
Colorado State University

Chris Matkins

District Manager, Fort Collins
Loveland Water District & South Fort Collins Sanitation District

Michael Welsh

Professor of History
University of Northern Colorado

Jeff Stahla

Public Information Officer
Northern Water

9:10 – 10:10 a.m. | Session II

Water and the COVID Effect

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect on the global economy, and no sector has been left untouched, including the critical water sector. How has demand for water changed under COVID, and what should municipalities and other water suppliers do to adjust?

Rose Nash, PhD (moderator)

Director of Research and Development
GT Molecular

Bob Gowing

Director of Public Works
Town of Wellington

Sean Chambers

Director of Water & Sewer
City of Greeley

Tom Gonzales

Public Health Director
Larimer County Department of Health and Environment

10:20 – 11:20 a.m. | Session III

Fire in the Watershed

Fires wreak havoc on natural resources, but they also can produce lingering effects on watersheds, as ash and debris loot water supplies. How can these effects be mitigated, and what should municipalities and water suppliers be doing to address the problem.

Jen Kovecses

Executive Director
Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed

Chuck Rhoades

Research Biogeochemist
USDA Forest Service

Stephanie Kampf

Professor, Watershed Science
Colorado State University, Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability

Jared Heath

Watershed Specialist
City of Fort Collins Utilities

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Session IV

Water Rights: is NoCo the new Western Slope?

Thornton has long been acquiring Northern Colorado water, but now other communities such as Aurora are getting into the game. Will Northern Colorado be the next battle ground for water rights.

Brett Bovee (moderator)

Regional Director
WestWater Research

Patrick McMeekin

VP of Land Development, Partner
Hartford Homes

Brad Wind

General Manager
Northern Water

Megan Gutwein

Berg Hill Greenleaf Ruscitti LLP