Dividing the Waters Conference – The Colorado River: Is the Law of the River Relevant to the Emerging Crisis?

Tuition

1159

Conference Fee

329

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Days & Times

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Daily Schedule:
Wednesday, November 30, through Saturday, December 3, 2022
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Pre-Conference Workshop: Fundamentals of Water Law (Optional)
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Reception and Keynote Lecture

Thursday:
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Morning and afternoon classroom sessions.

Friday:
7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Field Trip to Cochiti Dam and Pueblo de Cochiti
7:00 p.m. Group Dinner

Saturday:
8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Classroom sessions

Course Location

Santa Fe, NM

Course Fees

Tuition

$1159

Conference Fee

$329

Santa Fe, NM

November 30, 2022 to December 3, 2022

With extreme drought bearing down on the Colorado River, this year’s Dividing the Waters conference will use this Basin as a case study to provide judges the knowledge and tools that they can use in their own watershed. Panels will address the “Law of the River,” its hydrology, history, and the conflicts in the Lower and Upper Colorado River Basin.

Join us in Santa Fe, New Mexico, 100 years after delegates from the seven Colorado River Basin states met to work out the Colorado River Compact. We will tour the Palace of the Governors, where the Compact was signed on November 24, 1922.

Conference attendees will participate in a field trip hosted by Utton Center, University of New Mexico Law School, and visit these important sites:
- Cochiti Dam and Pueblo de Cochiti,
- Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Water Authority’s San Juan Chama Drinking Water Project, including Adjustable Diversion Dam and Intake Structure, Raw Water Pumping Station and Water Treatment Plant
- Bear Canyon Groundwater Recharge Project

Participants will learn how to evaluate the scientific, technical and legal issues that arise in litigation over the use of water during a drought. At the conclusion of the conference, the participants will be better prepared to make reasoned and thoughtful decisions about the use of critical water resources.

Conference Fee Includes: Opening reception, three breakfasts, two lunches, and group dinner.

Dividing the Waters, a program of the National Judicial College, provides training, informational resources and collaborative learning opportunities for judges, special masters and administrative hearing officers who preside over litigation concerning the use of water.

Tuition

Course $1159

Conference Fee $329

What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

  • Understand how the law grapples with problems of water scarcity
  • Be able to evaluate and weigh scientific evidence relevant to resolving water disputes
  • Be better prepared to make principled decisions about the use of water during scarcity


Panelists, Moderators, and Guest Speakers Include:

  • Hon. Kate Appleby, Senior Judge, Utah Court of Appeals
  • Reed Benson, Don and Mabel Dickason Endowed Chair in Law and Professor of Law, School of Law, University of New Mexico
  • Anne Castle, Senior Fellow, Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy and the Environment, University of Colorado Law School, former Assistant Secretary of Water and Science, U.S. Department of Interior
  • John Fleck, Writer in Residence, Utton Center, University of New Mexico Law School, former Director of the Water Resource Program at UNM, author of Water is for Fighting and Other Myths About Water and the West; Co-author Science be Dammed: How Inconvenient Science Drained the Colorado River
  • Esteban Lopez, Commissioner of the Upper Colorado River Commission and former Commissioner Bureau of Reclamation
  • Larry MacDonnell, Senior Fellow, Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy and the Environment
  • Rebecca Mitchell, Director, Colorado Water Conservation Board and Commissioner, Upper Colorado River Basin Commission
  • Karla Nemeth, Director of California Department of Water Resources
  • Jennifer Pit, Colorado River Program Director, the Audubon Society
  • Jim Prairie, Chief Upper Colorado Basin Research and Modeling Group, Bureau of Reclamation
  • Jason Robison, Professor of Law at the University of Wyoming, lead editor, Vision and Place: John Wesley Powell and Reimaging the Colorado River  
  • Jack Schmidt: Professor of Watershed Science, Director Colorado River Studies, Utah State University
  • Hon. John Thorson, retired Assistant Chief Administrative Law Judge, California Public Utility Commission; former Special Master of Arizona General Stream Adjudication
  • Tanya Trujillo, Assistant Secretary for Water and Science, Department of Interior
  • Gregory Walch: General Counsel, Southern Nevada Water Authority
  • Hon. Eric J. Wildman, 5th Judicial District Judge, State of Idaho  

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Join us in Santa Fe, New Mexico, 100 years after delegates from the seven Colorado River Basin states met to work out the Colorado River Compact. We will tour the Palace of the Governors, where the Compact was signed on November 24, 1922.

Conference attendees will participate in a field trip hosted by Utton Center, University of New Mexico Law School, and visit these important sites:
- Cochiti Dam and Pueblo de Cochiti,
- Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Water Authority’s San Juan Chama Drinking Water Project, including Adjustable Diversion Dam and Intake Structure, Raw Water Pumping Station and Water Treatment Plant
- Bear Canyon Groundwater Recharge Project

Participants will learn how to evaluate the scientific, technical and legal issues that arise in litigation over the use of water during a drought. At the conclusion of the conference, the participants will be better prepared to make reasoned and thoughtful decisions about the use of critical water resources.

Conference Fee Includes: Opening reception, three breakfasts, two lunches, and group dinner.

Dividing the Waters, a program of the National Judicial College, provides training, informational resources and collaborative learning opportunities for judges, special masters and administrative hearing officers who preside over litigation concerning the use of water.

Register
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