‘Water 101’ workshop schedule

The Dolores Water Conservancy District, Montezuma Valley Irrigation Company, San Juan Citizens Alliance, Southwest Community Leadership Collaborative, and the Water Information Program will sponsor a “Water 101” Workshop 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, at the Lewis Arriola Community Center (located seven miles North of Cortez, 1⁄2 mile west of Colo. 491 on County Road S).

The workshop qualifies for continuing education credits for Realtors and features a lineup of qualified speakers, including Colorado Supreme Court Justice Gregory Hobbs.

The workshop is designed to provide a basic understanding of water and related issues in the area. Topics include Colorado water history, law, administration, regulation and development. Also included will be an interactive panel on local water management and use issues.

Seminar fee is $30 before Oct. 24, or $35 after that date or at the door (includes lunch, snack and information packet).

The day’s agenda includes:

• 8:30-9 a.m. — Registration.

• 9-9:15 a.m. — Welcome and introductions. Susan Hakanson, Southwest Community Leadership Collaborative, Mike Preston, Dolores Water Conservancy District, moderator.

• 9:15-10:45 a.m. — Colorado Water History and Law Primer, Justice Gregory Hobbs, Colorado Supreme Court.

• 10:45-11 a.m. — Break.

• 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. — Agency panel: Water Administration, Regulation, and Development. Reg Leach, Colorado Division of Water Resources District 7 Engineer; Kara Hellige, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Wetlands; Peter Butler, Colorado Water Quality Control Commission; Vern Harrell–U.S. Bureau of Reclamation; Bruce Whitehead, Colorado Water Conservation Board and Southwestern Water Conservation District.

• 12:15 p.m. — Lunch.

• 1-1:30 p.m. — John Porter: Overview of Water Management Resources and Entities in Southwest Colorado, Montezuma and Dolores Counties.

• 1:30-3:30 p.m. — Interactive panel: Hands-on Water Management and Water Use Issues. Jim Siscoe, manager, Montezuma Valley Irrigation Company; Gerald Wallace, Montezuma County Sheriff; Ken Curtis, Dolores Water Conservancy District; Leila Hanson, real estate perspective; Paul Evans, manager Ute Mountain Farm and Ranch Enterprise; Chuck Wanner, non-consumptive uses; John Porter, Southwest Basins Water Roundtable, IBCC representative.

• 3:30-4 p.m. — Closing remarks, wrap-up, evaluations. Adjourn.

Registration: $30 pre-registration fee or $35 at the door (includes lunch, snack and information packet). Please pre-register by Oct. 24. For more information and/or to register, contact the Water Information Program at 247-1302.