April 2, 1:00pm-5:00pm
April 3, 8:00am-1:30pm
University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
ENR2 Agnese Nelms Haury Auditorium, Room S107
In many regions of the world, protecting water for natural areas is an urgent matter. There are many ideas and potential lessons to be learned from our international neighbors to help Arizona re-frame the link between healthy watersheds and healthy, thriving businesses and communities.
- How do we balance social, economic and environmental demands for water within the capacity of the water resources?
- How can we consider and provide for the water needs of water- dependent ecosystems?
- General Registration – $25.00
- Student (UA) – No Charge
- Student (other) – $25.00
- Faculty and Staff – $25.00
The program will include a series of panels on the policy, economic and environmental context of the Colorado River Basin in the U.S. and Mexico, and the Murray-Darling River Basin in Australia; approaches and lessons learned for securing water for natural areas; water allocation planning; indigenous perspectives; and more.
The Desert Waters International Symposium is dedicated to Rodney Lewis, who committed much of his life to building a better future for people and communities in Arizona and beyond. As General Counsel to the Gila River Indian Community, Mr. Lewis negotiated the largest water rights settlement in history for his Tribe – the Arizona Water Rights Settlement Act of 2004. He successfully represented the Crow Tribe of Montana and the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians in California as well, resulting in the Crow Tribe Water Rights Settlement Act of 2010 and the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Water Rights Settlement Act of 2016. Mr. Lewis tirelessly provided support, expertise, and friendship to countless individuals and causes, and we are honored to show respect to his legacy.
Keynote Speakers On Tuesday 4/2:
Brian Richter – President, Sustainable Waters
Michael Hanemann – Julie A. Wrigley Chair in Sustainability, School of Sustainability, Arizona State University
Other Confirmed Speakers:
Amy McCoy – Martin and McCoy LLC
Benjamin Fee – Principle, FeeZable Solutions, Adelaide, South Australia, and Higher Degree by Research Candidate, Centre for Global Food and Resources, University of Adelaide
Brad Udall -Senior Water & Climate Research Scientist, Colorado Water Institute Colorado State University
Daryl Vigil – Chairman of the Board, Colorado River Ten Tribes Partnership
David Groenfeldt – Founder and Director, Water-Culture Institute
Deborah Nias – Chief Executive Officer, Murray Darling Wetlands Working Group Ltd
Elia Tapia – Research Specialist, Senior, University of Arizona, Water Resources Research Center
Grant Rigney -Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority
James Callegary – Hydrologist, US Geological Survey
John Barret – Land and Water Program Director, Arizona Land and Water Trust
Karl Flessa – Professor of Geosciences, University of Arizona
Karletta Chief – Associate Professor & Extension Specialist, University of Arizona
Kathy Jacobs – Director, University of Arizona, Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions
Matt Payne, WestWater Research
Peter Duggin – South Australian Board Representative of the National Irrigators Council to the South Australian Murray-Darling Basin Natural Resources Management Board, and Presiding Member of the Renmark Irrigation Trust.
Sharon Megdal – Director, University of Arizona, Water Resources Research Center
Tim Thomure, Director, Tucson Water
Tom Rooney – Group CEO and President, Waterfind Australia.