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Rio Grande Basin highlighted at National Academy of Science Meeting

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2019 National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine

— November 22, 2019

A joint meeting of the National Academy Board on Earth Science and Resources (BESR) and Water Science and Techology Board (WSTB) on November 20 and 21, 2019, focused on the topic of "Challenges for Large River Basin Management in the United States". One of the two river basins highlighted was the Rio Grande, and a number of excellent presentations were made, and can be viewed on YouTube.

For more information on this meeting, visit the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine web page describing the event.

The agenda for the presentations is below:
(Click the 'Show More' button on the YouTube page to get links that jump to particular presentations.)

9:00 Welcome, goals, and introductions: Cathy Kling, chair, WSTB, Cornell University and Isabel Montañez, chair, BESR, University of California, Davis

9:15 AM Keynote—Rio Grande- Dagmar Llewellyn, Bureau of Reclamation

10:15 AM Keynote—Upper Mississippi River- Gretchen Benjamin, The Nature Conservancy

11:20 AM Evidence and Impacts of Changing Climate and Extreme Weather- Steve Buan, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Upper Mississippi River)

1:30-3:00 PM Science Panel Discussion- Moderator: Michael Manga , BESR Member University of California, Berkeley

Upper Mississippi River

  • Steve Buan -NOAA
  • Jeff Houser -U.S. Geological Survey

Rio Grande

  • Jack Schmidt -Utah State University
  • Fred Phillips- New Mexico Tech

3:20-4:50 Management Panel Discussion- Moderator: David Wegner, WSTB Member Woolpert Engineering

Upper Mississippi River

  • Maj Gen Michael Walsh- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (retired)
  • Katrina Kessler- Deputy Commissioner Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Rio Grande

  • Reed Benson- University of New Mexico
  • Melanie Stansbury- New Mexico State Legislator