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CMS water course begins Feb. 18

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When you hear about climate change and increasing competition for limited water supplies, do you ever wonder what that means for you and for our community?

The upcoming three-evening water course offered by the Hutchins Water Center at Colorado Mesa University seeks to help answer that question.

The public is invited to hear experts discuss the region's climate, water law, and drought resistance options on Feb. 18, Feb. 25 and March 3 from 6-9 p.m. in the Meyer Ballroom in the University Center.

The cost is $45 for the whole series or $20 for an individual session.

Session one (Feb. 18) focuses on the region's climate and hydrology. Director of the Hutchins Water Center, Gigi Richard, Ph.D., will present on hydrology. Joe Ramey, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Grand Junction, will discuss the region's climate and weather. Taryn Finnessey, climate change and risk management specialist for the Colorado Water Conservation Board, will present conclusions of the recently completed statewide climate and water plans.

Session two (Feb. 25) focuses on water law and history. Mark Hermundstad, a water attorney, begins with a discussion of water rights and legal issues affecting water management in the Grand Valley. Gregory J. Hobbs Jr., recently retired from the Colorado Supreme Court, will present on Colorado water law and history.

Session three (March 3) focuses on planning for resilience at home and on farms. Joe Burtard, manager for Ute Water, will talk about measures Grand Valley drinking water providers have taken to make their systems resilient to drought and other risks. Susan Carter, horticultural agent with CSU Extension, will present ways to make home landscaping more drought resistant. Perry Cabot, Colorado Water Institute, will discuss strategies for making agriculture more resilient.

Full details are available at www.coloradomesa.edu//water-center/2016-watercourse.html.

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