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DARCA 2nd Annual Water Tour Agenda PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 12 October 2012


We are proud to present the agenda and speakers for the
2nd Annual DARCA Water Tour

The Second Annual Water Tour of the Ditch & Reservoir Company Alliance (DARCA) will be held December 7 & 8, 2012, aboard the California Zephyr as it travels from Denver to Glenwood Springs and back to Denver.

The two-day event will focus on the connections between healthy ditch companies, healthy economies, and healthy natural resources in the West.  Agricultural and environmental organizations, farmers, ranchers, and ditch company members will discuss the common interests of agriculture and conservation to better manage water resources and share examples of successful partnerships. Representatives from the Family Farm Alliance, Trout Unlimited, the Colorado Water Trust, the Colorado River Water Conservation District, the Nature Conservancy, the Quivira Coalition, and the National Young Farmers Coalition will deliver presentations to the travelers in DARCA’s reserved car. There will be additional time to discuss common interests with these speakers on the way home to Denver the following day. 

Upon arrival in Glenwood Springs, the participants will be able to relax in the hot springs and will be treated to a reception and keynote at the Hotel Denver.  Marc Thalacker from the Three Sisters Irrigation District and Scott McCaulou from Deschutes River Conservancy will present: Modernizing Infrastructure, Enhancing Irrigation and Water Supply and Improving Instream Flows in Whychus Creek, Oregon. DARCA will be hosting a workshop, Enhancing the Viability and Ability of Ditch and Reservoir Companies to Respond to Changing Times in Colorado on the morning of December 8th at the Hotel Denver.


To Register please download the Registration & Agenda Form
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Friday, December 7, 2012

Train Leaves Denver – 8:05 a.m.
Train Arrives in Glenwood Springs  – 1:53 p.m.
Reception and Presentation - Drinks and hors d'oeuvres (5:30-7:00 p.m.) – Hotel Denver
Dinner on Your Own (7:00 p.m.)

Saturday, December 8, 2012
DARCA Workshop - Hotel Denver (10:00-11:00 a.m.)
Train Leaves Glenwood Springs  – 12:10 p.m.
Train Arrives in Denver  – 6:38 p.m.


Friday December 7, 2012

Train Leaves Denver – 8:05 a.m.
 
DARCA Speakers on the Train from Denver to Glenwood Springs

 
Strange Bedfellows: The History of the Formation of the Western Agricultural Conservation Coalition
     Dan Keppen (Family Farm Alliance) 
     Russ Schnitzer (Trout Unlimited Western Water Project)
     More information available at http://www.familyfarmalliance.org/
     and http://www.tu.org/conservation/western-water-project
 
The Confluence of Will and Way: Short Term Leasing of Water for Instream Flows 
     Amy Beattie & Scott Hummer (Colorado Water Trust) 
     More information available at http://www.coloradowatertrust.org/

Water Partners:  Working Together to Improve Irrigation and Fisheries
     Drew Peternell (Trout Unlimited Colorado Water Project) 
     More information available at http://www.tu.org/conservation/western-water-project/colorado
 
Colorado River Compact Water Bank

     Dan Birch (Colorado River Water Conservation District)  
     Aaron Derwingson (The Nature Conservancy) 
     More information available at http://www.crwcd.org/
     and http://www.nature.org/
 
The Quivira Coalition: Building Resilience on Western Working Landscapes
     Virginie Pointeau (Quivira Coalition) 
     Regina Fitzsimmons (National Young Farmers Coalition)
     More information available at http://www.quiviracoalition.org/
     and http://www.youngfarmers.org/

Train Arrives in Glenwood Springs  – 1:53 p.m.
Reception and Presentation - Drinks and hors d'oeuvres (5:30-7:00 p.m.) – Hotel Denver
 
Keynote: 
Modernizing Infrastructure, Enhancing Irrigation Water Supply and Improving Instream Flows in Whychus Creek, Oregon  
     Marc Thalacker (Three Sisters Irrigation District)  
     Scott McCaulou (Deschutes River Conservancy)
     More information on our Keynote Speakers at http://www.tsidonline.org/
     and http://www.deschutesriver.org/

Saturday, December 8, 2012
 
DARCA Workshop - Hotel Denver (10:00-11:00 a.m.)
 
Enhancing the Viability and Ability of Ditch and Reservoir Companies to Respond to Changing Times in Colorado.
     John McKenzie (DARCA)
     Aaron Citron (Environmental Defense Fund)
     More information on the Workshop Speakers at http://www.darca.org/
     and http://www.edf.org/
 
Train Leaves Glenwood Springs  – 12:10 p.m.

 Speakers will be available to lead small discussion groups in the Club Car during your trip back to Denver.
 
Train Arrives in Denver  – 6:38 p.m.


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