State of the Colorado River discussion Monday

The value of the Colorado River is up for discussion on Monday at the annual State of the River meeting, at the Avalon Theatre in downtown Grand Junction.

This year’s theme is “Economics of the Rivers of the Grand Valley” and will include introductions to hydrology and Colorado water law at 3:30 p.m. as the session begins.

A 5 p.m. business panel will answer, “Why should the business community care about water on the Western Slope?”

Panelists include moderator Tom Kleinschneitz, owner of Adventure Bound Rafting and director of the Moffat County Tourism Association; Bruce Talbott of Talbott Farms in Palisade; and Sarah Shrader, co-owner of Bonsai Design and founder of the Outdoor Recreation Coalition.

Other panelists are David Miller, senior vice president and green-team chairman at Alpine Bank; Sam Williams, general manager of Powderhorn Mountain Resort; and Kristi Pollard, executive director of the Grand Junction Economic Partnership.

A second discussion beginning at 6:45 p.m. will take up the state of the river with Ryan Christianson, hydrologist with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation; Eric Kuhn, general manager of the Colorado River District; and Luke Gingerich, engineer for the Grand Valley Water Users Association.

The meeting is sponsored by the River District, Business for Water Stewardship and the Ruth Powell Hutchins Water Center at Colorado Mesa University, as well as Alpine Bank, Club 20 and the Tamarisk Coalition, and is open to the public.


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