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Photo credit: Jerry McBride, Durango Herald

In the midst of the wettest year on record for California, a sudden gaping hole appeared in the Oroville Dam spillway on February 7, 2017, leading to the evacuation of nearly 200,000 people for fear the emergency spillway would fail. Bill Croyle led the California Division of Water Resources through the crisis, now in recovery as construction workers rebuild the bulk of the spillway structure and strengthen the emergency spillway. Mr. Croyle will recount his experience and share lessons learned at SWCD’s Annual Water Seminar on Friday, April 6.

Mr. Croyle joins a list of prominent experts confirmed to address this year’s crowd, including Kevin Rein, State Engineer, Colorado Division of Water Resources and Becky Mitchell, Executive Director, Colorado Water Conservation Board.

In the context of dismal snowpack, this program titled “Weathering the Weather: Resilience in Managing Our Water Resources Today” will highlight lessons for our local communities in preparing for and responding to sudden challenges. At the 36th Annual Water Seminar, experts will discuss just that: how wildfire impacts to water supplies, the state’s response to emergencies such as the 2013 front range flooding, the western slope’s risk in the context of Colorado River obligations and drought, as well as avoiding devastating infrastructure failure, among other related topics.

Hear an interview about the seminar with Executive Director Bruce Whitehead.

Click here for the full program.

The seminar opens for breakfast and registration at 8:00am, with the full program starting at 8:30am. Registration is at capacity, at 180 people. Please join us in 2019 if you missed out this year.

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