Managing the Colorado River system and other U.S. water
resources in a sustainable way poses great technological, political and social challenges. But, according to some water experts, the way the U.S. population manages water now is inappropriate and unsustainable. Freshwater scarcity is a risk to local economies and regional development plans across the country. Just as diminishing supplies of oil and natural gas are wrenching the economy and producing changes in lifestyles, states and communities across the country are confronting
another significant impediment to the American way of life: increased competition for scarce water. As published in “Circle of Blue” (11/2012), scientists and resource specialists say freshwater scarcity, even in unexpected places, threatens farm productivity, limits growth, increases business expenses, and drains local treasuries.
We are very pleased to welcome Jim Lochhead
, CEO of Denver Water, to discuss water-related issues confronting Colorado. Denver Water is Colorado’s largest and oldest water utility, serving 1.3 million people in the city of Denver and many surrounding suburbs with a budget of $350 million. Denver Water manages its supply and demand with careful research and analysis regarding streamflow, diversions, climate, customer demand and population estimates to ensure there will be an adequate supply of clean, reliable Denver water well into the future.
About Jim Lochhead
Jim Lochhead was appointed Denver Water’s Chief Executive Officer/Manager in 2010. Prior thereto, Mr. Lochhead was at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP, where he worked on a wide variety of water resource issues both nationally and internationally. He served as Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources from 1994 to 1998. Lochhead previously served as the governor’s representative on interstate Colorado River operations, and he was appointed by the governor to the Colorado Water Conservation Board, the Upper Colorado River Commission, Great Outdoors Colorado and Colorado’s Roadless Area Task Force. He also served on the boards of the Colorado Conservation Trust, Colorado Open Lands, the Colorado Water Trust, the Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado and The Nature Conservancy Colorado Program. Mr. Lochhead received his bachelor’s degree in environmental biology from the University of Colorado in 1974, and his law degree from the University of Colorado School of Law in 1978.
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