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Stegner Center Green Bag: Restoring the Colorado River – Challenges and Opportunities

January 19, 2016 @ 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

Restoring the Colorado River – Challenges and Opportunities

12:15 – 1:15 p.m., S.J. Quinney College of Law, Room 6613.
John (Jack) C. Schmidt is Professor of Watershed Sciences at Utah State University. The watershed-scale changes to stream flow, sediment supply, and ecosystems will be reviewed, and a large-scale assessment will be provided of the environmental challenges in each part of the Colorado River network. In some places, small improvements are being achieved by re-operations of dams but elsewhere, the limiting factors to ecosystem recovery cannot be addressed without re-evaluating how societal water supply and hydropower needs are met.  Elsewhere, the fundamental agreements that regulate water supply may have to be renegotiated.

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Jack SchmidtJohn (Jack) C. Schmidt is Professor of Watershed Sciences at Utah State University where he has been on the faculty since 1991. He is a recognized expert on the Colorado River and has published widely on the historical transformation of the river and its ecosystem, geomorphic processes of the Colorado River and other southwestern rivers, strategies to restore aspects of the pre-dam ecosystem, and management strategies for the river’s large dams, including the use of controlled floods as a management tool in Grand Canyon. Between 2011 and 2014, Jack served as Chief of the US Geological Survey Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center, the primary applied science agency supporting the Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Program. He won the National Park Service Directors Award for Natural Resource Resource in 2009 and was a member of the Minute 319 Bi-national Partnership who won the Department of the Interior Partners in Conservation award in 2013 for planning and implementing a pulse flow release of the Colorado River into its former delta in Mexico.

1 hour of CLE (pending).
No registration required.  Free and open to the public.

For questions about this event contact Erin (801) 585-3440.

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January 19, 2016
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
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S. J. Quinney College of Law
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