Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Event Date



Summer Conference (18th: 1997: Boulder, Colo.)


Conference organizers and/or speakers included University of Colorado School of Law professors David H. Getches, Douglas S. Kenney, Kathryn M. Mutz, Elizabeth Ann (Betsy) Rieke, Charles F. Wilkinson and Lawrence J. MacDonnell.

The keynote address by Charles F. Wilkinson is titled Coming to Grips with Growth in the West: Traditional Communities, Free Rivers and the New Megalopoli, and it will be held on Monday, June 2, at 12:30 p.m. in the Lindsley Memorial Courtroom of the law school. Wilkinson is a noted law professor, writer and authority on Western issues.

The conference will begin by providing historical context for the development of Western water and look at the impact dams have had on the environment and people of the region. It will examine the demographic and economic pressures that are demanding changes in the ways rivers are used and managed.

The conference will feature experts including high-ranking federal officials, environmentalists, industry representatives and legal scholars from throughout the nation addressing such topics as deregulation of the electric utility industry, federal relicensing of hydropower facilities, reoperation of federal facilities to improve environmental protection, divestment of federal facilities and visions for the future of water developments.

The sponsor, the Natural Resources Law Center, has held conferences for the past 17 years on critical and timely environmental law issues of national importance. About 125 people from around the country, primarily the West, are expected to attend this year.


Harold Bruff, Elizabeth Ann Rieke, Kathryn Mutz, David H. Getches, Lawrence J. MacDonnell, Douglas Kenney

Alternate Title

Water and Power in the New West