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Robert Barrett

The potential shortage of Colorado River water in 2016 and the impact it will have on Arizona are some of the issues that Arizona's water experts will be discussing at the Agribusiness & Water Council of Arizona's annual meeting on Friday, May 15, 2015.

The speakers include Tom Buschatzke, Director of the Arizona Department of Water Resources;  Mark Killian, Director of the Department of Agriculture; Lisa Atkins, President of the Central Arizona Project Board of Directors; Bruce Hallin, Director of Water Rights & Contracts at Salt River Project, and keynote speaker Sarah Porter, Director at the Kyl Center for Water Policy.

The conference also will feature discussions about Arizona-Sonora water relations, Global Agricultural Productivity, and a case study in efficiency of agriculture and water use in the Yuma area.

"The good news is that those responsible for more than 200,000 acres of irrigated agriculture in CAP’s service area have been preparing to keep the water flowing as best they can during drought conditions," said Atkins.

"Agricultural users in central Arizona have invested more than $750 million since 1980 to implement efficient irrigation technology and delivery systems. Conservation efforts now exceed the 80 percent efficiency target," she said.

The conference starts at 8 a.m. with registration and breakfast and will end after lunch about 12:30 p.m. The conference will be at SRP's PERA Facility, 1 East Continental Drive, Tempe. The cost for ABWC members is $75 and non-members $85. Students may attend for $50. After May 12, the cost goes to $100.

For more information or to register, contact Kathy Rappleye at (480) 558-5301 or by email