CMU presentations to offer information about water and drought

A series of upcoming presentations at Colorado Mesa University will offer information about water use, drought and drought planning.

The Hutchins Water Center will present its annual water courses from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 11, 18 and 25 in the Meyer Ballroom of the University Center on the Grand Junction campus. A light dinner will be served at each presentation.

Admission is $20 per session or $45 for all three. The event is open at no charge for CMU students, faculty and staff as well as local teachers. For more information, visit www.coloradomesa.edu/water-center.

The presentation on Feb. 11 will provide an overview of water supply and use in Colorado and basic elements of Colorado water law.

On Feb. 18, speakers will discuss the effects of drought and longer-term drying trends on agriculture, fish, fire behavior and municipal water supplies.

On Feb. 25, the presentation will offer an update on the progress of drought contingency planning for the Colorado River Basin, including efforts to develop a state policy on “demand management” to cut water use if Lake Powell approaches critically low levels.