VIDEO: Session 1: The State of the River, Panel A: Understanding Supply and Demand

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Event Date



Martz Summer Conference (3rd: 2011: Boulder, Colo.)



10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

SESSION 1: The State of the River

Panel A: Understanding Supply & Demand

Moderator: Larry MacDonnell, University of Wyoming College of Law


Terry Fulp, Deputy Regional Director for the Lower Colorado Region, Bureau of Reclamation

Bill Rinne, Director of Surface-Water Resources, Southern Nevada Water Authority


Eric Kuhn, Colorado River Water Conservation District

Jennifer Gimbel, Colorado Water Conservation Board

Sharon Megdal, Board Member, Central Arizona Water Conservation District


Larry MacDonnell

Streaming Media


Competition for scarce Colorado River water resources is nothing new, but the conflicts that prompted the seven basin states to negotiate the 1922 Colorado River Compact have grown considerably fiercer and more complex in recent decades. In 2007, responding to the challenges of increasing demand and sustained drought, the seven basin states and a number of other affected interests agreed to a set of interim guidelines for allocating Colorado River water in the event of shortages. This agreement represents an important evolution in the governance of the Colorado River, suggesting that the many interests in the basin can work together to address shared risks, concerns, and needs. Yet, an increasing number of experts predict that this agreement alone will not be sufficient to address the many challenges ahead.

This conference examined current laws and policies governing Colorado River management, highlighted new developments and studies that will inform future decisions, and explored a broad range of options for addressing the identified challenges and opportunities. This forward-looking conference focused on one broad question: What future do we envision for the Colorado River, and what will it take to get there?