Department Of Interior

DOI News Header
Contact:Trudy Harlow, 202-513-0574
For Immediate Release: June 4, 2003
Frank Quimby 202-208-7291

Media Advisory

Interior Secretary Norton to Address Water 2025
Consulting Conference in Denver


(WASHINGTON)—Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton will deliver the opening address to about 250 participantsat the Water 2025 Conference in Denver on Friday, June 6, 2003. A media availability will be held at 10:30 a.m. following her remarks. The event is at the Radisson Hotel Denver Stapleton Plaza.

The conference, Water 2025: Preventing Crises and Conflict in the West, is the first of nine consulting sessions in Western cities aimed at expanding the dialog on ways of preventing the chronic water supply problems facing many communities in the coming decades. Other speakers include Mark Rey, Undersecretary for Natural Resources and the Environment at the Department of Agriculture, Colorado Governor Bill Owens, Interior Assistant Secretary Bennett Raley, and Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner John Keys.

Discussion panels will be led by New Mexico Attorney General Patricia Madrid (State and Local Perspectives); Bureau of Reclamation’s Betsy Rieke (Approa-ches to Resolving Conflict ); and Rita Maguire, Arizona Center for Public Policy (Getting Beyond Crises Management ). A list of panel participants is attached.

Water 2025 is a blueprint for Interior and other federal agencies to work with state and local officials, water user groups, environmental organizations, tribes, and others in a strategic, focused approach to predicting, preventing, and alleviating water supply crises and conflicts. More information on the Denver conference and Water 2025 proposal is at

Who: Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton.
What: Keynote Address and Media Availability on Water 2025 .
When: 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., Friday, June 6, 2003.
Where: Radisson Hotel Denver Stapleton Plaza, 3333 Quebec Street, Denver, CO. Keynote in Arapahoe Ballroom; Media Availability in Conference One. Media check-in at registration desk in lobby.

Water 2025: Panel Participants

State and Local Perspectives on Water 2025

State and local leaders discuss the interaction between state and federal agencies in finding local solutions to complex water issues.

Patricia Madrid, Panel Chair, New Mexico Attorney General
Karl Dreher, Idaho Department of Water Resources
Representing the Western States Water Council
Greg Walcher, Colorado Department of Natural Resources
Ron Gastelum, Metropolitan Water District
Chips Barry, Denver Water Board

Approaches to Resolving Conflict

This panel will identify innovative methods of dealing with contentious water issues at the local level.

Betsy Rieke, Moderator, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
Mike Applegate, Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District
Dan Luecke, Environment and Water Resources Consultant
Rod Lewis, Gila River Indian Community
John Sullivan, National Water Resources Association

Getting Beyond Crises Management

This panel will examine the tools, policies, and practices in minimizing and preventing future water crises.

Rita Maguire, Moderator, Arizona Center for Public Policy
Jim Martin, Natural Resource Law Center
Bill Pauli, California Farm Bureau Federation
Melinda Kassen, Trout Unlimited
Craig Smith, Family Farm Alliance



Selected Press Releases