Water in the West Symposium

View 2020 Symposium sessions

The 2020 Symposium, with presenting sponsors Colorado Dairy Farmers, CoBank, and Leprino Foods Company, was hosted virtually on Nov. 18-19 and included a range of speakers focused on water issues and solutions. Please click the hyperlinks below to view video of the sessions.

The Water in the West Symposium mirrors programing and conversations that will be ongoing at CSU Spur and its Hydro building, focused on water; Spur opens in 2022!


10:30 & 11 a.m.

Water Inspiration: Virtual Tours
Denver Zoo — virtual tour and Q&A regarding the Zoo’s water conservation and recycling program (complete with elephants!) [WATCH THIS SESSION ]

Denver Water — virtual tour and Q&A regarding Denver Water’s work in their watershed to link forest health to your faucet [WATCH THIS SESSION]

1 p.m.

Welcome to Water in the West 2020 [WATCH THIS SESSION]
Jocelyn Hittle — Colorado State University System
Tyrone Smith — Colorado State University
Tony Frank — Colorado State University System
Jim Lochhead — Denver Water
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock



1:10 p.m.

Keynote: The Power of Story [WATCH THIS SESSION]
Gary Knell — National Geographic Partners

2 p.m.

Moving Minds: How Social Movements, Campaigns, and Storytelling Shape Public Sentiment [WATCH THIS SESSION]
Moderator: Yolanda Bevill — Colorado State University
Gary Hirshberg — Stonyfield Organic
Sarah Soule — Stanford Graduate School of Business
Justin Worland — TIME

3:15 p.m.

Food and Water: A Cross-Sector Conversation [WATCH THIS SESSION]
Moderator: Secretary Tom Vilsack — Colorado State University System
David LaFrance — American Water Works Association
Secretary Karen Ross — California Department of Food & Agriculture


9 a.m.

Welcome and Hydro Announcement [WATCH THIS SESSION]
Jocelyn Hittle — Colorado State University System

9:10 a.m.

Governor’s Remarks [WATCH THIS SESSION]
Colorado Governor Jared Polis

9:45 a.m.

Western Governors Series [WATCH THIS SESSION]
Moderator: Jim Ogsbury / Ward Scott — Western Governors’ Association
Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon
Gila River Indian Community Governor Stephen Roe Lewis
Nevada Lieutenant Governor Kate Marshall

10:30 a.m.

Secretary’s Dialogue: Election Insights [WATCH THIS SESSION]
Secretary Tom Vilsack — Colorado State University System
David Axelrod — Institute of Politics, University of Chicago

11 a.m.

Closing Remarks [WATCH THIS SESSION]
Secretary Tom Vilsack — Colorado State University System

Thank you to our 2020 sponsors

Presenting sponsors

CoBank logo
Colorado Dairy Farmers logo
Leprino Foods logo

Premier sponsors

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck logo
Swire Coca-Cola logo

Supporting sponsor

Mighty Arrow Family Foundation logo

Contributing sponsors

Denver Water logo
Jacobs logo
Highline Canal Conservancy logo

Tech sponsor

New Belgium Brewing logo

Nonprofit sponsors

The Greenway Foundation logo
Together We Grow logo
Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation and Colorado Resource Council logo
Western Governors Association logo


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