Managing Western Water in Evolving Climate Conditions
Friday, Oct. 21, 2-3:30 p.m.
The West is running out of water … well, almost. Northwestern and Northcentral Western states are seeing an increase in precipitation and the Southwestern and Southcentral areas are, as expected, experiencing decreased rain. Add to this a temperature increase of five to seven degrees Fahrenheit in key river basins, a lower-than-predicted snowpack—a key feeder of Western water—and you end up with the perfect mixture of short-term events and long-term impacts that are likely to decrease Western stream flow up to 20 percent across several river basins. This session will focus on the critical issue of Western water, how states can work and are working together, and what the federal government is doing to assist.
Dr. Jerry Delli Priscoli
Senior Advisor, USACE
Institute for Water Resources
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Dr. Felipe I. Arreguín Cortés
General Deputy Director
National Water Commission of Mexico
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Director & Comptroller of Water Rights
Province of British Columbia
Maria Elena Giner, P.E.
Border Environment Cooperation Commission
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Dr. Paul Houser
U.S. Department of Interior
Dr. Jerry Delli PriscoliDr. Delli Priscoli is senior advisor USACE at the Institute for Water Resources. For 30 years he has designed and run social assessment, public participation and conflict resolution research and training programs. He serves on the Board of Governors and the Bureau of the World Water Council, the Inter-American Water Resources Network and works with, and has helped found several other world associations such as the International Association for Pubic Participation, the World Water Council and the Global Water Partnership. Dr. Delli Priscoli has been advisor to the World Bank on water policy and to all of the UN water related agencies on water policy issues. Dr. Delli Priscoli works closely with many of the Water Ministers throughout the world. He was an original member of the U.S. delegation to the middle east peace talks on water. Dr. Delli Priscoli is a commentator on media shows and is the editor in chief of the peer reviewed journal Water Policy.
Dr. Felipe I. Arreguín Cortés
Dr. Felipe Arreguín Cortés is a doctor in hydraulics and professor of engineering at the Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Since 2002, he has been the general deputy director in the National Commission of Water (CONAGUA). He is a national level II researcher of the National System of Researchers and since 1989, he has served as a professor of the Postgraduate Studies Division of the Engineering Faculty, UNAM. He is the president of the Hydraulics Mexican Association (AMH) and advisor of the College of Civil Engineers of Mexico. In 1996, Cortés was awarded the National Award Enzo Levi for Research and Hydraulics Pedagogy by the AMH. He received the Javier Barrio Award for the best Civil Engineering Book (Excess Flow Facilities) 2001-2002. He was given the Best Theoretical Paper Award in 2002 by the ASCE Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, as well as the biannual Miguel A. Urquijo Award for the best Technical Article in 2004-2005 by the College of Civil Engineers of Mexico.
Glen Davidson is the Director of the Water Management Branch of the BC Ministry of Forest, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and is appointed as the Comptroller of Water Rights for the Province of British Columbia. Mr. Davidson is registered as a Professional Engineer and holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Civil Engineering from the University of British Columbia and has over 25 years experience in many aspects of water resource engineering. His current responsibilities include the Provincial Flood Hazard, Dam Safety, Water Use Planning, Utility Regulation, River Forecast and Allocation Programs. Mr. Davidson also serves on a number of boards and committees related to management of the Provincial water resource, including the International Joint Commission’s Osoyoos and Kootenay Lake Boards of Control as well as the Permanent Engineering Board of the Columbia River Treaty.
Maria Elena Giner has served as the general manager of the Border Environment Cooperation Commission (BECC) since October 2010. Ms. Giner is a civil engineer with more than 20 years of experience in the private and public sectors focusing on development and implementation of environmental infrastructure projects. She has also held the positions of project manager, director of technical assistance, director of operations and deputy general manager at BECC. Prior to joining BECC, Ms. Giner served in several positions at the California Department of Transportation, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and Carollo Engineers, a private consulting firm.
Dr. Houser is an expert in local to global land surface-atmospheric remote sensing, in-situ observation and numerical simulation, development and application of hydrologic data assimilation methods, and global water and energy cycling. He received his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Hydrology and Water Resources from the University of Arizona in 1992 and 1996 respectively. Dr. Houser joined the NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center Hydrological Sciences Branch and the Data Assimilation Office in 1997, and served as manager of NASA’s Land Surface Hydrology Program from 1999-2000, and served as branch head of the Hydrological Science Branch from 2000-2005. In 2005, he joined the George Mason University Climate Dynamics Program as the professor of Global Hydrology, and formed the Center for Research on Environment and Water. In 2008 Dr. Houser worked with Geovesi Holdings Ltd. to help countries solve their fresh water shortages by providing satellite-based local short term statistical information on rainfall, snowpack and glaciers. In 2011, Dr. Houser rejoined federal service where he currently serves as the Bureau of Reclamation Science Advisor where he leads strategic planning, implementation and evaluation of Reclamation’s science program and related activities.