Colorado Water Congress in town

Two-day event brings Sen. Salazar, Rep. Udall to Steamboat

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Learn about the Colorado Water Congress on the Web at: http://cowatercon...>

For information about the group's 2007 Summer Convention today and Friday at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort, click on "Summer Convention" under the "Conferences" link.

— Water buffaloes are coming to Steamboat Springs.

"I would say a water buffalo is someone who is middle-aged or older and has spent most of his life doing high-level managerial work in water supply and water provision," said Steamboat Springs attorney Tom Sharp, a water buffalo who has been involved with the Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District since 1977. "There will be a lot of water buffaloes here."

Today and Friday, the Colorado Water Congress is holding its 2007 Summer Convention at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort. The event features a series of seminars and discussions about water policies and strategies, supply forecasts, bark beetle impacts, and water-related legislation passed this year and coming up in 2008. The event will include updates on the new Elkhead Reservoir in Moffat County and the Multi-Basin Water Supply Investigation, a study by the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District that assesses pumping water from the Yampa River more than 200 miles to the Front Range.

At 3:30 p.m. today, U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar will give an address titled "The Circle Unbroken: Federal Cooperation on Energy, Climate Change and Water Policy." At noon Friday, U.S. Rep. Mark Udall will give an address titled "Colorado: A Life Written in Water."

Several of the discussions address climate change issues, which Sharp said are increasingly a part of water discussions in Colorado and the arid West.

The Colorado Water Congress, an organization of water managers, directors, workers, and engineers, promotes water management and stewardship across Colorado.

"It's a good group of water buffaloes, movers and shakers," Sharp said. "The Colorado Water Congress is probably the premier water organization in the state. It's really a pleasure to have them up here."

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