Pueblo: Action 22 conference, March 13, to focus on energy development and water issues

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From The Pueblo Chieftain:

The future of water and energy in Southern Colorado will be the focus of an Action 22 conference next month. “Managing water and energy resources will be critical to Colorado’s future. How we manage these valuable assets over the next 10 to 20 years will have lasting impacts well into the 21st century,” said Cathy Garcia, Action 22 executive director. “The first step in wise resource management is to understand technical, financial and legal issues that govern Colorado’s policy decisions.”

The Water and Energy Conference, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 13 at the Pueblo Convention Center, will feature 15 speakers who will discuss state water issues, including hydraulic fracturing regulations and techniques.

John Stulp, Gov. John Hickenlooper’s water adviser, will deliver the luncheon keynote address. Other top state water officials also will be on hand.

There will be a review of Fountain Creek watershed protection efforts in the aftermath of the 2012 Waldo Canyon Fire. Fracking presentations will be in the morning, while the statewide water topics are featured in the afternoon.

Action 22 is an association representing governments, individuals and other interests throughout a 22-county area of Southern Colorado.

Cost is $70 per person ($60 for members of Action 22). Lunch-only registration to hear John Stulp is halfpriced. A detailed agenda and registration is available at Action22.org or by calling Garcia at 1-888-799-1799.

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