NEWS - November 2016 - Annual Colorado Groundwater Conference

The American Ground Water Trust’s Annual Colorado Groundwater Conference had a focus this year on private sector involvement in water infrastructure, legal issues related to water management and administration and the potential for increasing groundwater storage in Denver Basin Aquifers. 

            The private sector related presentations included talks by Gary Barber, Water Rights Broker and Consultant, Colorado Springs, CO; Brett Bovee, Intermountain Regional Director, Westwater Research, Fort Collins, CO and  Kevin France, CEO, SWIIM Systems, Partner, Regenesis Management Group, LLC, Denver, CO. 

            The panel on legal issues was convened by Steven Sims, Shareholder, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP, Denver, CO and included Leila C. Behnampour, Associate, Vranesh and Raisch, LLP, Boulder, CO; Brad Grasmick, Attorney, Lawrence Jones Custer Grasmick, LLP, Johnstown, CO and Dan Ault, President, Deere & Ault Consultants, Inc., Longmont, CO. 

            The Denver Basin panel was convened by Dennis McGrane, President, McGrane Water Engineering, Boulder, CO, and included Scott Mefford, Hydrokinetics Inc., Golden, CO; Christopher Sanchez, Principal / Hydrogeologist, Bishop-Brogden Associates, Inc., Englewood, CO and Mark Palumbo, Principal Hydrologist, HRS Water Consultants, Inc., Lakewood, CO.

            The end of conference discussion on water legislation expected or needed for the 2017 session was led by legislators Vicki Marble, Colorado State Senator District 32  and Representative Jeni James Arndt, Colorado House District 53.

The day following the conference, the AGWT held an all-day technical workshop on Water Supply Systems that focused on water well design, pump selection, and operation efficiency.