2022 Agenda

8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Registration / Check-in

9:00 a.m. to 9:05 a.m. | Opening Remarks

Jeff Nuttall, BizWest Media

Jeff Nuttall

BizWest Media

9:05 to 10:05 a.m. | Session I

Water-Economy Nexus

Northern Colorado’s economy is fueled by many factors, including rapid population growth and the expansion of key industries.  But what happens when growth occurs at a faster pace than local water suppliers can support? What challenges exist for municipalities and water districts in providing water for new residents and expanding industries?

Chris Matkins (moderator)

Ally Utility Consulting

Eli Kolodny

Technical Director & Partner
Odell Brewing Co.

Adam Jokerst

Rocky Mountain Regional Director
WestWater Research

Jim Tolstrup

Executive Director
High Plains Environmental Center

Nicholas Wharton

Town Manager
Town of Severance

10:20 to 11:20 a.m. | Session II

Regional Collaboration

Discussions have occurred for years about how Northern Colorado stakeholders should collaborate to help preserve the region’s water resources, but little has been done. As challenges mount regarding drought, water demand, and outside purchase of water, what solutions can be put in place to protect the region’s economic future?

Kristin Todd (moderator)

President & CEO
Community Foundation of NoCo

Sean Chambers

Director of Water & Sewer
City of Greeley

Brad wind

General Manager
Northern Water

Joe Taddeucci

Director of Public Works
City of Boulder

11:35 to 12:50 p.m. | Session III

Case Studies

Innovative methods of supplying and reusing water are emerging throughout the region, from developers to municipalities and other stakeholders. What ideas are being implemented, and how will they shape the future of Northern Colorado water?

Jennifer Gimbel(moderator)

Interim Director
CSU Colorado Water Center

Adam Jokerst

Rocky Mountain Regional Director
WestWater Research

Casey Davenhill

Executive Director
Colorado Watershed Assembly

Eric Robinson

Sales Manager
In-Situ Inc.

Lucy Harrington

Sr. Regulatory Specialist
GEI Consultants, Inc. 

1:05 p.m. to 2:05 p.m. | Session IV

Water Resilience 

Extreme weather conditions such as drought and forest fires pose severe challenges for Northern Colorado communities as they seek to protect and preserve the region’s water supplies. What measures can be put in place to ensure that clean water remains in sufficient supply, even when watersheds are threatened?

Jessica Thrasher

Education & Outreach Manager
Colorado Stormwater Center

Kevin Reidy

State Water Conservation Specialist
Colorado Water Conservation Board

Dr. Sybil Sharvelle

Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering 
Colorado State University

Frank Kinder

Water Efficiency Manager
Northern Water

Lindsay Rogers

Water Policy Analyst
Western Resource Advocates

2:20 p.m. to 3:20 p.m. | Session V

Water Law

Legislation, regulations, and cases of note. As the Colorado River Compact reaches its 100th anniversary, major water legislation and regulations are poised to impact Northern Colorado, including Colorado River demand management, House Bill 1037 on water augmentation, drought-contingency planning, and other measures. Several lawsuits also are working their way through the courts as municipalities and water districts fight it out on several fronts. This panel will address some of the major measures working their way through the Legislature and courts.

Kate Ryan (moderator)

Program Director & Sr. Staff Attorney
Colorado Water Trust

James Eklund

Sherman Howard

Kyle Whitaker

Water Rights Manager
Northern Water