University of Arizona Campus  •  March 14 -15, 2020  •  9:30am to 5:30pm

Water in the West

For most Americans, water is everywhere; we drink our fill by turning on a tap, enjoy swimming in pools or lakes, or go to the grocery store to find it bottled and flavored in every imaginable way. But what is the actual state of water in the West? Take a deep dive and examine our liquid assets from two perspectives, water experts who are monitoring our resources and a rancher who depends on that water for his living. Former general manager of the Colorado River Water Conservation District Eric Kuhn and director of the University of New Mexico’s water resources program John Fleck will discuss the overallocation of the Colorado River and explain how today’s water managers are trying to reverse the mistakes of the past. Rancher and conservationist Richard Collins speaks from the receiving end of the water system, discussing the interdependency of land, water, plants and animals and how all of this is being impacted by constant development and urbanization.

Richard Collins

Richard Collins is an award-winning author, rancher, horseman, conservationist and scholar who has owned and operated farms and ranches on the borderlands of Southern Arizona since 1983.He was raised on a farm/ranch near Phoenix, where he lived and worked until leaving for college....

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John Fleck

John Fleck is the director of the University of New Mexico’s Water Resources Program. A Colorado River expert, he is the co-author of "Science Be Dammed" and the author of "Water Is for Fighting Over and Other Myths About Water in the West....


Eric Kuhn

Eric Kuhn, recently retired, worked for the Colorado River Water Conservation District from 1981 to 2018, including 22 years as general manager. The district is a water utility and policy agency covering most of the Colorado River basin within Colorado....


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