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Colorado River District's annual water seminar to be held in GJ

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The Colorado River District's popular one-day annual water seminar in Grand Junction takes place 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 15, at the Two Rivers Convention Center. The theme is: "Points of No Return." Cost of the seminar, which includes lunch, is $30 if pre-registered by Friday, Sept. 8; $40 at the door. Registration info: www.ColoradoRiverDistrict.org.

Keynoting the lunchtime program will be Professor Jack Schmidt of Utah State University, who has authored a critical analysis of a controversial proposal to drain Lake Powell and fill Lake Mead first. The concept touts the proposal as a way to open up submerged canyons, reduce evaporation and increase water supply.

In the main program, two ranchers in western Colorado, Don Schwindt of Cortez and Bill Trampe of Gunnison, will discuss how the move to irrigation efficiency equipment has unintended consequences to late season streamflows, other water users, recreation and the environment. The factor is return flows that had been bolstered by flood irrigation but are now reduced with modernization.

This will also be Colorado River District general manager Eric Kuhn's last seminar presentation in office. He announced his retirement and a new general manager will take his place later this year. Kuhn will relate his views of the Colorado River's history and its future through the lens of his 36 years of working on the river.

To see the full agenda and to register, go to www.ColoradoRiverDistrict.org or call 970-945-8522. Credit cards are accepted.

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