State of the River seminar coming to Rifle |

State of the River seminar coming to Rifle

Staff Report

The Colorado River District and the Middle Colorado Watershed Council will host this year’s State of the River seminar at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Ute Theater in Rifle.

The event features water professionals and environmental experts to help inform the public and water users. The meeting will provide current information on snowpack, water supply forecasts and anticipated streamflows for this year’s spring runoff.

Speakers at this year’s event will discuss the amount of water expected to flow into local reservoirs from melting snow and will forecast how conditions may affect the rise and fall of reservoir levels and the timing of water to be released over the upcoming season.

This year’s speakers will include Colorado State Climatologist Nolan Doesken, Colorado River District General Manager Eric Kuhn, Laurie Rink from the Middle Colorado Watershed Council, Victor Lee with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and Jim Miller with Rifle city government.

“This event provides an opportunity to see the bigger picture.” said Dan Ben-Horin, watershed specialist for the Middle Colorado Watershed Council. “We have an opportunity to go into detail on the local level, and make connections to the issues of the greater watershed.”

In addition to the speakers, light refreshments will be served. Doors will open at 6 p.m.; registration is free and you can pre-register on the Middle Colorado Watershed Council’s website at

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