Negotiated almost a century ago, the Colorado River Compact allocates water
supply among many of the western states, but it may be outdated. The Compact
overestimated the amount of water available from the Colorado River, seeming to
benefit Arizona, Nevada, and California at the expense of Upper Basin states
like Colorado, and failed to anticipate current and future demands on the river
that have been exacerbated by climate change. Is the Compact still relevant, or
should water and land use policy start from scratch? The Lincoln Institute is proud to be a co-sponsor of a lively discussion on this topic, as part of the Carver Colloquium at the University of Denver Sturm School of Law, in Denver, Colo. Tuesday November 12.
Colorado Compact: Effective or Obsolete? will feature Jim Lochhead, CEO and Manager of Denver Water, one of the nation’s foremost water rights and natural resources attorneys. He is the former executive director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, and was a shareholder at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, where he worked on issues relating to water rights, interstate water matters, Endangered Species Act, public lands and natural resources, zoning, land use and real estate development. Also leading the discussion will be Tom I. Romero, II
Assistant Provost of IE Research and Curriculum Initiatives for University of Denver Sturm College of Law, who teaches and researches in the areas of the legal history of the American West, land use, water law, and urban development and local government on has published extensively on such topics in the nation’s top law reviews. One of his publications, The Color of Water: Observations of a Brown Buffalo on Water Law and Policy in Ten Stanzas, surveys the relationship between water development and racial inequality. He serves as the faculty advisor for the Denver Water Law Review.
The Carver Colloquium is also presented by the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute.