View 2021 Symposium sessions

The 2021 Symposium was hosted virtually on Nov. 3 and focused on solutions at various scales; panels and keynotes featured speakers from the local to regional level, with a focus on how solutions to water challenges can be scaled up or down to make impact. Click the hyperlinks below to view video of the sessions.

The Water in the West Symposium mirrors programing and conversations that will be ongoing at CSU Spur and its Hydro building, focused on water; Spur is now open, and Hydro opens in November 2022!


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9:30-11 a.m.

Optional tours

  • CSU Spur construction site
  • Metro Water Recovery

1-1:15 p.m.

Welcome, land acknowledgement, and opening remarks [WATCH THIS SESSION]

Jocelyn Hittle — Colorado State University System
Ty Smith — Colorado State University
Tony Frank — Colorado State University System
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock

1:15-1:45 p.m.

Keynote address [WATCH THIS SESSION]
Tanya Trujillo — U.S. Department of the Interior

1:45-2:45 p.m.

City Solutions Panel [WATCH THIS SESSION]
Moderator: Jim Lochhead — Denver Water
John Entsminger — Southern Nevada Water Authority
Adel Hagekhalil — Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
Andrew Lee — Seattle Public Utilities

2:45-3 p.m.

3-4 p.m.

Colorado Solutions Panel [WATCH THIS SESSION]
Moderator: Jennifer Gimbel — Colorado Water Center
Becky Mitchell — Colorado Water Conservation Board
Phil Weiser — Colorado Attorney General
Perry Cabot — Colorado State University

4-4:10 p.m.

Colorado Governor Jared Polis [WATCH THIS SESSION]
U.S. Senator Michael Bennet [WATCH THIS SESSION]

4:10-5:10 p.m.

Solutions in the American West Panel [WATCH THIS SESSION]
Moderator: Brad Udall — Colorado Water Center
Bidtah Becker — Navajo Tribal Utility Authority
Jennifer Pitt — National Audubon Society
Pat O’Toole — Family Farm Alliance

5:10-5:15 p.m.

Closing remarks [WATCH THIS SESSION]

Thank you to our 2021 sponsors

Content sponsors

Colorado Dairy Farmers logo

Regional reach sponsors

Connectivity sponsors

Nonprofit virtual sponsor