Water in the West Symposium

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The second annual CSU Spur Water in the West Symposium at the Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center in Aurora sold out with more than 350 attendees, and showcased speakers from across the state and nation to dive deep into water issues affecting the western region, and to explore innovative solutions to water challenges across sectors.

Every year, this event mirrors programing and conversations that will be ongoing at CSU Spur. Please click the hyperlinks below to view video of the sessions or view slides from presenters, where applicable.


5:30 p.m.

Symposium kick-off + reception

THURSDAY, NOV. 7, 2019

9 a.m.

Welcome + Land Acknowledgement [WATCH THIS SESSION]
Jocelyn Hittle — Colorado State University System
Tyrone Smith — Colorado State University

9:10 a.m.

Opening remarks [WATCH THIS SESSION]
Tony Frank — Colorado State University System
Secretary Tom Vilsack — Colorado State University System

9:30 a.m.

Walter Robb — Stonewall Robb Advisors

10 a.m.

Colorado Solutions [WATCH THIS SESSION]
Jim Lochhead — Denver Water
Becky Mitchell — Colorado Water Conservation Board

10:30 a.m.

Solutions in Finance and Funding [WATCH THIS SESSION]
Moderator: Beth Walker — Colorado State University
Matt McKenna — Georgetown University
Russell Schnitzer — Gates Family Foundation (slides)
Winston Yu — International Water Management Institute (slides)

11:30 a.m.

Lunch + remarks [WATCH THIS SESSION]
Happy Haynes — Deputy Mayor of Denver

1 p.m.

Solutions in Recreation and the Environment [WATCH THIS SESSION]
Moderator: Andy Schultheiss — Colorado Water Trust
Christina Burri — Denver Water (slides)
Michael Connor — WilmerHale (slides)
Nancy Smith — The Nature Conservancy (slides)

2 p.m.

Solutions in Data and Technology [WATCH THIS SESSION]
Moderator: Reagan Waskom — Colorado State University
Jay Ham — Colorado State University (slides)
Claudia Ringler — International Food Policy Research Institute (slides)

3 p.m.

Solutions in Food, Beverage, and Agriculture [WATCH THIS SESSION]
Moderator: Kate Greenberg — Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture
Jon Alby — Leprino Foods Company (slides)
Marc Arnusch — Arnusch Farms (slides)
Katie Wallace — New Belgium Brewing (slides)

4 p.m.

Afternoon remarks [WATCH THIS SESSION]
Dan Gibbs — Colorado Department of Natural Resources

4:15 p.m.

Secretary’s Dialogue: Solutions in Sustainability [WATCH THIS SESSION]
Moderator: Secretary Tom Vilsack — Colorado State University System
Jason Curl — Jacobs Engineering Group (slides)
Bruce Karas — Coca-Cola North America (slides)

5 p.m.

Closing remarks
Secretary Tom Vilsack — Colorado State University System

5:15 p.m.


Thank you to our 2019 sponsors

Premier sponsors

CoBank logo
Colorado Dairy Farmers logo

Supporting sponsors

Denver Water logo
Jacobs Engineering Group logo
Leprino Foods logo
Swire Coca-Cola logo

Contributing sponsors

Business for Water Stewardship logo
Zoma Lab logo

Media sponsor

The Denver Channel logo

Additional sponsors

Brownstein Hyatt Farber and Schreck logo
Colorado Water Conservation Board logo
Dazbog logo
Hach logo
New Belgium Brewing logo
New Belgium Family Foundation logo
Seattle Fish Company logo
Squire Patton Boggs logo
Greenway Foundation logo
Wingfoot Water Resources logo

Expo Table sponsors

Colorado Water Center logo
Instream Water logo
One Water Solutions Institute logo
TAP-IN logo


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