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Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Title: Evolution of drought management of South Platte water providers and implications for their capacity to cope with future water stress
Amber Runyun, PhD Student, Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability, CSU

In semiarid ecosystems, water is a resource that faces unprecedented changes due to societal and environmental alterations. For example, social-ecological changes in Colorado – rapid population growth, increased irrigation demands, and increasing drought frequency and severity – have led decision-makers to realize water management strategies that have worked in the past need to be updated for current use. Water providers in the region are a class of managers which serve as a link between the physical system and end users by enacting water management decisions that make sure there is enough water to meet demands.  Using a set of document reviews, surveys, and interviews, this study evaluates how water providers in this region were impacted by and responded to two separate droughts, in 2002 and in 2012. The analysis provides insights to the different adaptive strategies among water providers and evaluates differences in ways that adaptive capacity was realized among these groups. The analysis included the variance in the perceived adaptive capacity of water providers; an evaluation of drought management strategies, and an analysis of the realized usage of adaptive capacity of the various providers. In addition, a qualitative comparative analysis was conducted to evaluate factors determining drought management decisions and enhancement and utilization of adaptive capacities among the different providers. Findings indicate that, while all water providers surveyed adapted their systems to better cope with future droughts, not all are adaptive. For some the 2002 drought created a culture of adaptation and institutionalized management that is adaptive rather than reactive. 

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Tuesday, July 25, 11:00-12:00 MST

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Full Agenda:

11:00 - 11:30 Amber Runyun presentation
11:30 - 12:00 NC CSC Strategic Planning Discussion (R. O'Malley)