VIDEO: Session 3, Part 4: Advances in Law

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Event Date



Martz Summer Conference (7th: 2015: Boulder, Colo.)



SESSION THREE: Bringing it All Together: Familiar Challenges, New Approaches

Moderator: Doug Kenney, Getches-Wilkinson Center

1:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Advances in Law

Regulating Groundwater Use in California ... Finally: Lester Snow, California Water Foundation

Wrapping Up the Big Horn Adjudication: Lessons after 38 Years and 20,000 Claims: Ramsey Kropf, Deputy Solicitor for Water Resources, DOI

Challenges and Opportunities of the Expiring Columbia River Treaty: Barb Cosens, University of Idaho

Empowering the Acequias: Fixing What Wasn’t Broken: Will Davidson, Acequia Project


Doug Kenney

Streaming Media


Many aspects of western water allocation and management are the product of independent and uncoordinated actions, several occurring a century or more ago. However, in this modern era of water scarcity, it is increasingly acknowledged that more coordinated and deliberate decision-making is necessary for effectively balancing environmental, social, and economic objectives. In recent years, a variety of forums, processes, and tools have emerged to better manage the connections between regions, sectors, and publics linked by shared water systems. In this event, we explore the cutting edge efforts, the latest points of contention, and the opportunities for further progress.

Session 3: Bringing it All Together: Familiar Challenges, New Approaches. Across the West, people are developing new ways of tackling old problems. In this session, we review some of the more intriguing efforts and emerging opportunities for further innovation.

Alternate Title

Advances in Law