Northwest Colorado water, coal conference set for next week

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What: “Water and Energy, Meeting Today’s Challenges and Tomorrow’s Opportunities”

When: Aug. 23 through 25

Where: Sheraton Steamboat Resort, 2200 Village Inn Court, Steamboat.

Cost: $310 for Colorado Water Congress members, or $460 for non-members. Pre-conference workshops Aug. 23 cost an additional $75. There is a $125 fee for the coal conference only, and an additional $35 cost for the “Feel the Energy” barbecue Aug. 25.

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Next week’s combination of the Colorado Coal Power Generation Conference and Colorado Water Congress in Steamboat Springs is expected to draw more than 200 attendees, an organizer said Tuesday.

“We’re hoping to have quite a few state legislators,” said Gena Hinkemeyer, coal conference event planner and a Craig resident.

“We’re hoping to get them over to Craig so they can see for themselves what clean energy is all about.”

The joint symposium, titled “Water and Energy, Meeting Today’s Challenges and Tomorrow’s Opportunities,” is scheduled for Aug. 23 through 25 at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort, 2200 Village Inn Court, Steamboat Springs.

The event is billed as the lead gathering concerning Colorado’s water, coal providers and power suppliers, and it’s the only conference in the state this year to center on both the water and energy sectors, organizers said.

Topics for the conference include pending and potential state legislation; price versus the value of water; protecting ground water; and a regulation overview of the oil and gas industries.

State and federal legislators and department leaders are scheduled to lead discussions and/or monitor workshops.

Rep. Corey Gardner, R-Colo., who represents the Fourth District and serves on the House subcommittee for energy and power, is the event’s keynote speaker, event organizers reported this week.

Joining the two conferences this year can be attributed to scheduling.

The Colorado Coal and Power Generation Conference, a semi-annual event typically hosted in Craig, was originally set for May at the Moffat County Pavilion.

However, it was postponed due to scheduling conflicts and problems booking guest speakers.

Hinkemeyer said partnering the coal conference with the Colorado Water Congress was a favorable alternative because the Steamboat event attracts an audience the coal conference was trying to target.

But, it’s Hinkemeyer’s hope that Craig and Moffat County maintains a presence.

Tours at Trapper Mine and Tri-State Generation & Transmission’s Craig Station are scheduled for Aug. 25 and will ideally attract lawmakers and state officials, she said.

“We want them to see how important (clean coal) is for us in the Yampa Valley,” Hinkemeyer said.

Buses will leave from Steamboat to Trapper Mine and the Craig Station at 12:45 p.m. Aug. 25.

A “Feel the Energy” barbecue at Wyman Museum, 94350 U.S. Highway 40 in Craig, will follow at 5:30 p.m., after the energy tours conclude.

Registration for the event can be completed through the Colorado Water Congress.

The non-member fee is $460 and the member fee is $310, which allows access to both the water and coal seminars. There is an additional $75 fee for workshops that begin Aug. 23.

Registration closes Friday.

For more information, contact Meg Meyer at the Colorado Water Congress at 303-837-0812, ext. 2 or meg@cowatercongress.org.

To register, visit www.cowatercongress.org.

Registration for the coal and power portions only costs $125 plus $35 to attend the barbecue.

Registration closes Thursday. A $75 late fee will be applied to those registering at the door.

For additional information, call Hinkemeyer at 326-6930 or gena@nwcolocoal.com.

To register, visit www.nwcolocoal.com.

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