2021 Agenda

7 to 7:30 a.m.

Registration / Breakfast

7:30 to 7:35 a.m. | Opening Remarks

Roy Otto, City of Greeley

Roy Otto

City Manager
City of Greeley

7:35 to 8:30 a.m. | Session I

Regional Alliances

For years, Northern Colorado has discussed regional alliances to protect, preserve and enhance the region’s water supplies. What discussions are ongoing, and what form might those collaborations take?

Ella Fahrlander (moderator)

Chief Engagement Officer
Community Foundation of Northern Colorado

Jeni Arndt

City of Fort Collins

Sean Chambers

Director of Water & Sewer
City of Greeley

Shane Hale

Town Manager
Town of Windsor

Brad Wind

General Manager
Northern Water

8:40 to 9:40 a.m. | Session II

Water Transfers & Their Impacts

Transfers of water rights outside of a region carry with them enormous economic, societal and cultural impacts. How do current transfers, such as by the city of Thornton, compare with what’s occurring elsewhere in the state, and what are the consequences for Northern Colorado?

Brett Bovee (moderator)

Regional Director
WestWater Research

Christopher Goemans

Associate Professor,
Chair of the Graduate Program
CSU College of Agricultural Sciences

Emily Hunt

Deputy Infrastructure Director
City of Thornton

Chris Matkins

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

9:50 to 10:50 a.m. | Session III

Anatomy of a Deal: Terry Ranch / Montava / Platte Valley Water Partnership

Greeley has embarked on a massive deal that will make 1.2 million acre feet of water available, with plans to recharge that supply as a storage vessel. How did this deal come about, and what are its advantages compared with other options?

James Eklund (moderator)

Co-Founder and CEO
Eklund Hanlon LLC

Adam Jokerst

Deputy Director Water & Sewer
City of Greeley

Max Moss

HF2M Colorado Inc. (Montava)

Jim Yahn

North Sterling Irrigation District

11 a.m. to 12 p.m. | Session IV

After the Flames

Colorado suffered record-breaking forest fires in 2020, with vast acreages burned around the state, including in Northern Colorado. What damage has been done to the region’s watersheds, and what efforts are required to recover?

Jennifer Gimbel (moderator)

CSU Colorado Water Center

Jonathan Hernandez

Project Manager
Northern Water

Matt Jones

County Commissioner, District 3
Boulder County

Blake Osborn

Water Resources Specialist
Colorado Water Center, WAVE Program

Jessica Thrasher

Education & Outreach Manager
Colorado Stormwater Center