The Colorado College State of the Rockies Project Monthly Speakers Series - The Colorado River Basin: Saving It For The Next Generation
Gates Common Room
third floor of Palmer Hall, 1025 N. Cascade Ave. (east of Tutt Library) (map)
For the fifth State of the Rockies Project Speakers Series event of the year, the Project hosts a talk on the issues surrounding Native American tribes, the Republic of Mexico, and the Colorado River. As traditionally underrepresented groups, our speakers will address the challenges facing their respective nations in the future as pressures continue to mount on the entire river basin. Bidtah Becker, a member of the Navajo Nation, is currently employed with the Navajo Nation Department of Justice where she focuses on pursuing and protecting the Nation's water rights. She is a graduate of the University of New Mexico School of Law and the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. Osvel Hinojosa-Huerta is the director of the Water and Wetlands Program and the associate director of the Birds Program of Pronatura Noroeste, based in San Luis Río Colorado, Sonora. He obtained his Ph.D., specializing in wildlife ecology at the University of Arizona. Osvel has worked in research and conservation projects in northwestern Mexico since 1997, especially in riparian and wetland areas in the Desert of Sonora. In recent years, he has designed and directed the efforts to restore the Colorado River delta, including the implementation of strategies to reestablish the water flows in the river and the implementation of reforestation activities and wetland restoration. The Colorado College State of the Rockies Project is an undergraduate team research project that studies issues that affect the environmental, social, and economic health of our region.