AWRA-CO Spring 2020 Newsletter Print

Upcoming Events

April 28 - Virtual Lunch Talk - An Introduction to stream mitigation and developing a mitigation currency for Colordao by Julia McCarthy of the EPA

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2020 AWRA-CGWA Annual Symposium Recap

Out of an abundance of caution, and our social and ethical responsibility to minimize contribution to the spread of COVID-19, AWRA Colorado and CGWA have decided to postpone the April 17th Annual Symposium until a later date to be determined.  We will reach out to people who have registered regarding refunds. 

Thank you for your understanding as we all react to this unfortunate event. We look forward to seeing you at the rescheduled symposium later this year.

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AWRA 2020/2021 Colorado Board of Directors

The 2020/2021 AWRA Colorado Board of Directors have been confirmed!

We'd like to give a big thank you and congratulations to each of our Board Members for their continued service and for stepping into new roles.  We would also like to welcome our newest Board Member, Krystle Ervin.

To learn more about each candidate please visit our Board of Directors page and our blog for the Board Member Spotlights.


Stephen Buechner


Beth Albrecht


Karlyn Armstrong


Lauren Nance


Stephanie Luce

Lisa Brown
Arista Shippy
Mark Mitisek
Britta Strother
Alison Witheridge

Krystle Ervin

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Board Member Spotlights

Board Member Spotlight for February

Allison Witheridge - Director at Large 

Job Title:  Watershed Scientist

Organization:  Denver Water

What is your job in 25 words or less? 
I develop a holistic, long-term, and adaptive approach to track, assess, and prioritize water quality threats to Denver Water’s raw water supply and implement collaborative actions to mitigate those risks.

AWRA Member for # years:  2 years as an official member... more about Allison on our blog 

Board Member Spotlight for March

Lisa Brown - Director at Large 

Job Title:  Water Resources Engineer

Organization:  Wilson Water Group

What is your job in 25 words or less? 
I help our clients with long-term water supply planning, water availability studies, and water court engineering reports. 

AWRA Member for # years:  9 years... more about Lisa on our blog 

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Lunch Talk Recaps

February Lunch Talk


Greg Johnson, Section Chief for the CWCB, presented on the Analysis and Technical Update to the Colorado Water Plan. This state-of-the-art water supply initiative provides robust analyses on how future water needs may change for municipalities, agriculture, and the environment. Furthermore, the Technical Update provides the foundational tools necessary to update project planning in each of Colorado’s eight major river basins and sets the stage for the update of the Colorado Water Plan itself. Using five future scenarios to help forecast potential risks, the Technical Update produces an array of data to support local planning and project implementation.

You can access an archive of the presentation slides here

March Lunch Talk

Kevin Rein, State Engineer and Director of the Colorado Division of Water Resources, discussed the various components of a Compact Compliance Strategy.  The Colorado River Compact is at the center of a lot of discussion by Colorado water users recently for various reasons and a Compliance Strategy is being planned due to the fact that curtailment is not as straightforward as it seems.  Many components will be considered in the creation of this strategy including a compact compliance study, renegotiation of the 2007 Guidelines, data (Measurement Rules), demand management (considering the outcome of the workgroups), Compact Administration Rules as well as getting stakeholder involvement.  A take-away from this talk is that the Compact Compliance Strategy is not imminent and may not become so until 2026 based on projections of the annual and ten year total Lee Ferry flows, but proper planning and assessment is going into this process to make the Administration Rules useful and effective.

You can access an archive of the presentation slides here.

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Renew Your Membership Today

Have you renewed your annual AWRA Colorado membership this year? 

Your membership is valid for a full calendar year and provides you with:

  • Access to our monthly Lunch Talks
  • A discounted registration fee to our annual symposium
  • Access to a wonderful network of water professionals in Colorado and beyond.
  • The opportunity to support the water community and access to additional events and networking throughout the year.  


You can renew your individual, corporate, institutional, or student membership at

If you have already renewed your membership this year, thank you!  If you would like to renew and are unable at this time please contact the membership committee chair and we are happy to work with you.

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