THE GREAT WESTERN DROUGHT: HISTORY, STATUS, POLICY, AND IMPLICATIONS FOR THE EAST
What led to the Great Western Drought? What is its current status? Which polices are working? Which are not? Are eastern droughts different? Are there lessons for the east? How are eastern regions preparing? Please join us for presentations and a discussion of these topics, and more.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
5:30 pm Registration and Heavy Hors d’Oeuvres; 6:00 Presentations and Discussion; 7:30 Wrap Up
Venue: University of the District of Columbia
4200 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC, Arts and Sciences Library (Bldg. 41), Room A-03 (Near Van Ness - UDC Metro, Red Line)
Parking and Directions: http://www.udc.edu/about_udc/campus_map
Robert W. Johnson, P.E. (Presentation)
Executive Vice President National Water Resources Association
Senior Consultant, HDR Engineering/Senior Associate, Water Strategies
NWRA is a nonprofit association that advocates for the sustainable management and development of water resources in the western states. Since 2009, Mr. Johnson has worked throughout the western United States, providing water planning and policy as well as representation before federal, state and local agencies regarding a variety of water issues. He served as Commissioner of Reclamation where he oversaw water and power programs. Mr. Johnson spent over 30 years with Reclamation where he worked most extensively in the Colorado River Basin. Bob was involved in a number of significant changes in the management of the Colorado River, including: development of interstate water banking guidelines, negotiation of the California Quantification Settlement Agreement, development of water surplus and shortage guidelines, development of operating guidelines for Colorado River reservoirs, and development of the Lower Colorado River Multi-Species Conservation Program.
Daniel P. Sheer, Ph.D., P.E. (Presentation)
Found and President, HydroLogics
HydroLogics, Columbia, MD
Dr. Sheer founded HydroLogics where he was instrumental in the creation of the Southern Nevada Water Authority and the Kansas River Water Assurance District. For the past decade, Dr. Sheer has been closely involved with the Everglades, Lake Okeechobee, the Everglades Agricultural Area and the Lower East Coast. He has also directed modeling of the Delaware, Susquehanna, and NYC water supply systems, and is currently modeling the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint and Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa Basins for the Atlanta Regional Commission as well as the South Saskatchewan River Basin in Alberta. Dr. Sheer pioneered the development of water resources modeling technology and the use of Computer Aided Negotiation and Operations Exercises. Dr. Sheer received Best Journal Paper citations from both AWWA and ASCE, was a founding member of the National Research Council's Water Science and Technology Board, and serves on the NRC's Committee to review the Florida Keys Carrying Capacity Study.