The Lincoln Institute’s Babbitt Center for Land and Water Policy hosted the 2019 Journalists Forum, The Future of Water: Lessons from the Colorado River Basin, to uncover the inexorable link between land use and water. From the mountains of Colorado and Wyoming to the deserts of Baja California, the over-allocation of the Colorado River is an existential challenge for the 40 million people and environment that depend on the river. This two-day, invitation-only forum explored the history, science, and politics of water management, and delve into innovative policies and practices—by national and local governments as well as the private sector, non-governmental organizations, and individuals—that can help forge a sustainable water future.
Sara participated in the first panel: Framing the Context/Hydrology and History of the Colorado River
We’ll start with the big questions for the Colorado River Basin: How did we get here? How has the system worked over the past 100+ years, right up to the situation we find ourselves in today? How do past decisions shape future options? This session will swiftly walk journalists through the basics, provide a refresher for veteran water beat reporters, and allow us to quickly dive into a higher–level discussion.
Moderator: Allen Best, Producer, Energy News Network
Panelists: Daniel Bunk, Deputy Chief, Boulder Canyon Operations Office, Lower Colorado Region, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation; Anne Castle, Senior Fellow, Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, University of Colorado, Boulder; Sara Porterfield, Founder, Tributaries Consulting LLC