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Colorado River Water Crisis   

The Colorado River, the Southwest’s most important river, brings life itself to our desert communities. The river has significant importance for the Coachella and Imperial Valleys and has dramatically influenced the Salton Sea. The Colorado River is managed and regulated through a complex system of laws and policies known as the “Law of the River.” This highly informative and engaging presentation will describe the river’s hydrology and how it is influenced by drought and climate change. We’ll also discuss the history of water supply development on the river, including the low reservoir levels as Hoover Dam and Glen Canyon Dam.

Instructor: David Sandino

David Sandino served as Chief Counsel for the California Department of Water Resources under an appointment by Government Arnold Schwarzenegger and currently serves as senior staff counsel. He has worked on significant water, environmental, tribal, and energy issues during his thirty-year career with the Department. His academic career has centered on teaching natural resource courses, including at Santa Clara University School, UC Santa Barbara, Texas Tech University, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and University of Redlands. He taught law in Russia under a Fulbright Fellowship.