Water Connections: Adaptation from Forests to Deserts

Registration Now Open for this September 21st Event

The Southwestern Water Conservation District and Four Corners Water Center at Fort Lewis College are partnering to present “Water Connections: Adaptation from Forests to Deserts.” 

This in-person event will be held on Tuesday, September 21st from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Fort Lewis College. Register now to reserve your seat for $15. If you prefer to attend remotely, you can register for free to receive the link for the livestream feed.

The event will kick off with appetizers and networking from 5:00-5:30pm, followed by the keynote Joel Biederman, Research Hydrologist with USDA’s Southwest Watershed Research Center. Dr. Biederman will present his recent hydrology studies tied to forest treatments and upcoming test cases in southwestern Colorado. 

After a short break, we will continue down the watershed to hear about local forest health efforts across southwestern Colorado from Aaron Kimple, Mountain Studies Institute. Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Councilman Selwyn Whiteskunk will discuss adapting to drought from the water user and tribal perspective.

Carrie Padgett, Harris Water Engineering, will then take us to the basin and project level, to review how southwest Colorado is planning for future water needs. Finally, Colorado Commissioner and CWCB Director Becky Mitchell has been invited to speak to recent developments on the Colorado River and how aridification affects our water management at Lake Powell. 

Stay tuned for more event details and the detailed agenda coming soon!

September 21st
5:00-8:00 p.m.
Fort Lewis College
Student Union Ballroom

Appetizers Provided


More than 80 Years Developing and Conserving the Waters of the San Juan and Dolores River Basins in Southwestern Colorado
Southwestern Water Conservation District
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Durango, CO 81301

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