“Enduring solutions to our most pressing water issues depends on the active involvement of people and partners,” said Sue Bellagamba, Canyonlands Regional Director for The Nature Conservancy in Utah. “This inclusive event is designed to generate positive action that provides the most benefit for people who live near, use, visit, and otherwise depend upon the waters on the Colorado River system.”
According to a conservancy press release, increasing water demands and climate change bring immense challenges to water users in seven states. The workshop will showcase an innovative, market-based conservation program that allows landowners, ranches, and cities to take part in voluntary, compensated water use reduction program.
There will also be presentations on endangered fish species, the Colorado River Compact, policy, water-resilient landscape design, and nature-based solutions among others
“As the second driest state in the nation, Utah faces a constant challenge to its limited water resources that sustain our communities, our farms and industries and our natural world. By working cooperatively/together we can develop solutions that benefit both people and nature,” said Jay Humphrey, with the Emery Water Conservancy District.
The Nature Conservancy, Utah State University-Moab, Hutchins Water Center at Colorado Mesa University, Utah Division of Water Rights and Emery Water Conservancy District are coordinating the event.
The workshop begins at 9:30 a.m. and runs to 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 16. Early-bird tickets cost $30 before Oct. 6. All ticket sales after Oct. 6 are $40. Spots are limited. Register at: coloradomesa.edu/water-center.