Topic: Consulting Uncertainty - Water Planning and Extreme Conditions
Colorado’s population is expected to nearly double by 2050. The Colorado Water Conservation Board has estimated that between 600,000 and 1 million acre-feet of additional municipal and industrial water supplies will be needed to meet 2050 demands. Meeting these demands will require planning for extreme conditions including floods and droughts. The CWCB and Interbasin Compact Committee are currently addressing these extremes through scenario planning and adaptive management. Rowan will lead a discussion about these efforts and how extreme conditions are being considered in the planning process.
Rowan is a Vice President and Water Resources Engineer at CDM Smith - a full-service consulting, engineering, construction, and operations firm. CDM Smith provides lasting and integrated solutions in water, environment, transportation, energy and facilities to public and private clients worldwide. For the past nine years, Nicole has had the privilege of managing CDM Smith's contract with the Colorado Water Conservation Board supporting the Statewide Water Supply Initiative and Technical Support to the Basin Roundtables, Interbasin Compact Committee and Colorado Water Conservation Board. Ms. Rowan has over 18 years of engineering experience and received her B.S. in Biological Systems Engineering from University of Nebraska-Lincoln and M.S. in Civil Engineering from University of Colorado at Denver.