Colorado River Basin Governance, Decision Making, and Alternative Approaches


Topic: Colorado River Basin Governance, Decision Making, and Alternative Approaches
Rich Juricich, MS, PE , Principal Water Resources Engineer Colorado River Board of California
When: Friday, March 17, 12 pm to 1pm
Where: Virtual (via Zoom)—Link to virtual seminar to be sent upon RSVP

The recording of the webinar is available here.

Colorado River Basin Governance, Decision Making, and Alternative Approaches

The Colorado River Basin stretches across seven states and Mexico, plays a critical role in the social and economic well-being for millions of people, and provides extensive environmental benefits. Over 40 million people in the US rely on the Colorado River and its tributaries to provide agricultural and municipal water supplies. Approximately 5.5 million acres within the US and nearly 500,000 acres within Mexico are irrigated using Colorado River water. As one of the most overallocated and highly managed rivers in the US, the Colorado River faces significant challenges from a growing population and a changing climate. This presentation will summarize current hydrologic conditions and challenges facing the basin today and the programs and institutions in place to manage these challenges.

About the Speakers

Rich Juricich Rich Juricich is a Principal Engineer with the Colorado River Board of California where he plans, leads, organizes, and directs the work of the Research and Technical Support Unit in the study and evaluation of Colorado River water and power resources as they pertain to California's interests as well as the evaluation and/or development of Colorado River water resources projects. Rich also serves as the work group chair for the Colorado River Salinity Control Forum, where he leads technical activities for this seven-state organization with guidance from the forum and the forum executive director. Previously, Rich worked for the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) for over 20 years, and his assignments included implementation support for California's historic Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, the California Water Plan, DWR's initial CALSIM water management system planning model development, and work with local agencies to develop conjunctive management programs. Rich is a registered Professional Civil Engineer in California with a Master of Science Degree from the University of California, Davis, in Hydrologic Sciences, and a Bachelor of Science Degree from Cal Poly Humboldt (formerly Humboldt State University) in Environmental Resources Engineering.

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