Western Rivers Initiative

2020: A Big Year for Colorado’s Rivers

An evening of community and discussion about Colorado’s water future.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020
5:30pm - 8:30pmGrand Junction, Colorado

Location Details

University Center Meyer Ballroom, Colorado Mesa University

1455 N 12th St, Grand Junction, 81501

Parking available in University Center Parking Garage 

2020: A Big Year for Colorado’s Rivers

January 15, 2020 - Grand Junction, CO

Registration is required for this free event.

Due to catering limitations, we have exceeded the capacity of our dinner. If you have not yet registered, you are still welcome to attend the water presentation beginning at 6:15 pm.​

Clean and reliable water supplies are essential to our way of life in Colorado. All of us depend on healthy flowing rivers: agricultural producers, cities and towns, businesses, recreation, and the environment. 

2020 is a big year for Colorado water. The update of the Colorado Water Plan, the beginning of the renegotiation around the Colorado River, and performance of the Colorado River Drought Contingency Plans, a temporary yet broad agreement to reduce water use and ensure that Lakes Powell and Mead continue to provide a reliable water supply.

One thing is clear. We all play a role in sustaining Colorado’s water future. Find out more and join Audubon Rockies, Grand Valley Audubon Society, Business for Water Stewardship, the Colorado River District, Trout Unlimited, the Colorado Water Conservation Board, Grand Valley Water Users Association, and For the Love of Colorado for an evening of community, food and discussion about charting Colorado’s water future. Colorado thrives when our rivers do too.


5:30-6:15 pm, Dinner catered by Colorado Mesa University

6:15-6:30 pm, Welcome & Opening – Abby Burk & Grand Valley Audubon Society 

6:30-7:15 pm, Panel 1: Healthy rivers support all of us. The economic importance of healthy rivers to businesses, agriculture and the environment.


  • Molly Mugglestone, Director of Communications and Colorado Policy Business for Water Stewardship – Economic impacts of Colorado’s Rivers
  • Luke Gingerich, JUB Engineers – Grand Valley Water Users Association preparing for a changing water future.
  • Joe Bernal, Board President Grand Valley Water Users Association – A Mesa County Agricultural Perspective
  • Cary Dennison, Gunnison Basin Project Coordinator Trout Unlimited – Wins for water efficiency and stream flows on the Western Slope

7:15-7:25 pm, Q&A

7:25 pm, Colorado River District film, Bound by the River

7:30-8:20 pm, Panel 2: 2020 a big year for Colorado water. We all play a role in Colorado’s water future.


  • Andy Mueller, General Manager Colorado River District –Protecting Western Colorado Water Users in Times of Uncertainty
  • Becky Mitchell, Director of the Colorado Water Conservation Board and Colorado Commissioner on the Upper Colorado River Commission – Colorado’s Water Plan and our role in the basin
  • Tim Wohlgenant, Coalition Director For the Love of Colorado – Elevating our connection to water

8:20-30 pm Q&A

8:30 pm, Thanks & Closing – Abby Burk 

Photo: Abby Burk

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