How will this winter's "monster snowpack" affect the Colorado River this summer? What's being done to adapt to the river's long-term drying trend? How are local agencies helping endangered fish and water infrastructure?

Experts and industry leaders will answer those questions May 14 at the Mesa County State of the River meeting at Colorado Mesa University.

Speakers from CMU's Hutchins Water Center, the Colorado River District and local agencies will give updates on this year's snowpack and how it will impact reservoirs and river flows, improvements to a Palisade hydropower plant and drought planning.

"We're in an interesting moment on the Colorado River," water center Coordinator Hannah Holm said in a statement. "We've just had one of the best winters for snow in recent memory, which is providing a little breathing room to contemplate how to adapt to a longer-term drying trend. This meeting will provide an opportunity to discuss what kind of future people would like to see for the river."

The meeting includes a free chili dinner for those who RSVP. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. and the meeting starts at 6:30 p.m.

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