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2024 May Monthly Meeting
Monday, May 13, 2024, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM MST
Category: Technical Meetings

Deadline to register is April 29th
May 2024
Technical Luncheon Meeting
Presented by Rhett Larson, Richard Morrison Professor of Water Law, ASU's Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law


MONDAY, May 13, 2024

11:30 AM Check-In

12:00 to 1:00 PM Presentation





TEMPE, AZ 85281 (map) 

Rivers as Circles, Not Lines: Unity in the Colorado River Basin

The Colorado River runs like a jagged crack from the Rocky Mountains to the Gulf of California, dividing states, tribes, industries, and nations. The Colorado River has a long history of conflict, aggravated in recent years by climate change and growing populations. The Law of the River has struggled to adapt to these changes and effectively avoid or mitigate conflict. However, rivers are not cracks that divide us. They are circles that unite us – basins that surround and support mutually-dependent neighbors. This presentation will trace the legal history of the Colorado River, explain the current status of shortage sharing and legal disputes in the basin, and explore possible reforms to achieve long-term sustainable and equitable water sharing between the communities that share the river. 


Rhett Larson is the Richard Morrison Professor of Water Law at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law. He is also a senior research fellow with the Kyl Center for Water Policy. Professor Larson’s research focuses on international and domestic water law and policy. He works on dispute resolution in water rights adjudications in Arizona and the Colorado River Basin. He was appointed by the Governor of Arizona to the board of directors of the Arizona Mexico Commission. He leads a USAID-funded project improving water supplies for refugee host communities in Lebanon and Jordan. Professor Larson was a visiting professor and Fulbright Scholar at the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador and a Lady Davis Fellow and visiting professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is the author of Just Add Water: Solving the World’s Problems Using its Most Precious Resource (Oxford University Press, 2020).Professor Larson practiced natural resource law with firms in Arizona, focusing on water rights and water quality. He received his JD from the University of Chicago and his M.Sc. from the University of Oxford in Water Science, Policy, and Management. 


Meeting Cost

$30 Members

$40 Non-Members

$15 Student Members

$0  Scholarship Recipients

$45 On-site Registration (day of luncheon)

REGISTER BEFORE April 29, 2024


Lunch Menu

All American Cookout with grill-blackened Chicken sandwich, Macaroni salad, buttered corn, house salad and chef’s choice dessert.

Vegetarian or gluten-free meals are available upon request during meeting registration.

Cancellation and Refund Policy: A full refund will be given if registration is cancelled 48 hours prior to the start of the event; if within 48 hours, no refund will be given.

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