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2011: One Source

One Source: Evolution of the Policies Surrounding Ground and Surface Water Management in the West.

Friday, April 15, 2011. Boise City Hall, City Council Chambers


  • 8:30 am Breakfast
  • 9:00-9:10 am Welcoming Remarks, Dean Donald Burnett (video)
  • 9:15-10:45 am Panel I: The Evolution of Conjunctive Management—Perspectives Across the West
    • Justice Gregory Hobbs (video)
    • The Evolution of Surface Water/Ground Water Management in Wyoming, Professor Lawrence MacDonnell (video) (pdf)
    • Hydraulic Continuity in Washington Water Law, Rachael Paschal Osborn (video) (pdf)
    • Conjunctive Surface and Groundwater Management in Utah, Mr. John Ruple (video) (pdf)
    • Professor Barton “Buzz” Thompson (video)
    • Question & Answer Session (video)
  • 11:00 am-noon Panel II: Conservation and Conjunctive Management—Managing Water in a Growing West
    • Maximizing Water Use in a Changing Western Landscape, Mr. Michael Creamer and Mr. Jeffrey Fereday (video) (pdf)
    • Groundwater Policy in the Western U.S., Professor Denise Fort (video) (pdf)
    • Groundwater in Montana: Common Ground Between Ranchers and Anglers, Laura Ziemer (video) (pdf)
    • Question & Answer Session (videoPanel II QA)
  • 12:30-1:30 pm Lunch and Keynote Address by Dean David Getches, University of Colorado Law School
    • One Source, Multiple Challenges: The Future Evolution of Water Policy and the Case of the Colorado River, Dean David Getches (video) (pdf)
    • Question & Answer Session
  • 1:45-3:00 pm Panel III: How Science and Law Can Work Together to Better Accomplish Conjunctive Managemen
    • The Problematic Nature of Curtailment, Dr. Gary Johnson (video) (pdf)
    • Hydrologic Models in the Courtroom Working Paper Dividing the Waters Model Assessment Committee, Dr. Dan Luecke (video) (pdf)
    • Judge John Melanson (video)
    • Question & Answer Session (video)
  • 3:15-4:30 pm Panel IV: How the Sovereigns of the West Can Work Together to Better Manage Water
    • Saving Water in the Pecos, Mr. Josh Mann (video) (pdf)
    • Professor Judith Royster (video)
    • Mr. Clive Strong (video)
    • Question & Answer Session (video)
  • 5:30-8:00 pm College of Law Alumni and Symposium Conference Participants Reception at the Grove Hotel.


  • Dean Donald Burnett, University of Idaho College of Law.
  • Professor Lawrence MacDonnell, University of Wyoming College of Law.
  • Professor Denise Fort, University of New Mexico School of Law.
  • Dr. Gary Johnson, University of Idaho.
  • Rachael Paschal Osborn, Center for Environmental Law and Policy and Gonzaga Law.
  • Laura Ziemer, Montana Trout Unlimited.
  • Dr. Dan Luecke, consultant to the U.S. Department of Justice, Western Resource Advocates, Trout Unlimited, and Dividing the Waters.
  • Justice Gregory Hobbs, Colorado Supreme Court, Denver
  • Professor Barton "Buzz" Thompson, Stanford Law.
  • Mr. Josh Mann, Bureau of Reclamation, New Mexico.
  • Mr. John Ruple, University of Utah.
  • Professor Judith Royster, University of Tulsa College of Law.
  • Dean David Getches, University of Colorado.
  • Judge John Melanson, Idaho Court of Appeals.
  • Mr. Clive Strong, State of Idaho Office of Attorney General, Natural Resources Division.  
  • Mr. Michael Creamer and Mr. Jeffrey Fereday, Partners, Givens Pursley, Boise.

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