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Welcome to the 2008 Briefing Series for Members of Congress and Staff

This year's theme is "USGS Climate Change Science: Exploring the Past, Observing the Present, Forecasting the Future"

Previous Congressional Briefings

Second in the 2008 series

Climate Change: Impacts on the Colorado River

Scientific research indicates that warmer temperatures may create substantial water supply shortages in the Colorado River. This would greatly impact the more than 25 million people who rely on this source for water and power. Science-based tools and information are needed to adapt to changing climate conditions in this region of growing population and limited water resources. Come learn how the USGS and its partners are working to provide and apply the science needed by resource managers and policy makers to anticipate and address climate change impacts on the Colorado River.

Date: June 6, 2008


Bureau of Reclamation logoTerrance J. Fulp
Deputy Regional Director
Bureau of Reclamation's Lower Colorado Region

Colorado River District logoEric Kuhn
General Manager
Colorado River Water Conservation District

USGSGregory J. McCabe
Research Scientist
U.S. Geological Survey

Time: 10:00 a.m.

1324 Longworth Office Building
Washington, D.C

Congressional Sponsors:
Climate Change: Impacts on the Colorado River 
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Additional Information:
  • Scientific Assessment
  • Final Report, Synthesis and Assessment Product 4.3

  • Speaker Biographies

    Terrance J. Fulp

    Terrance Fulp is the Deputy Regional Director of the Bureau of Reclamationís Lower Colorado Region. Terry has worked for Reclamation since 1989 and currently oversees programs in the Lower Colorado River that implement the Secretary of the Interiorís water master functions, including water delivery, accounting, and contracting. Terry is also responsible for the regionís water conservation program and the Lower Colorado Multi-Species Conservation Program. Prior to his appointment as Deputy Regional Director, he served as Area Manager of the Boulder Canyon Operations Office, where he managed and administered the successful basin-wide effort to develop additional operational guidelines for Lake Powell and Lake Mead. He also served as the principal investigator for the Department of the Interiorís Watershed and River Systems Management Program. Terry holds a Ph.D. in mathematical and computer sciences from the Colorado School of Mines, an M.S. degree in civil engineering from the University of Colorado, an M.S. degree in geophysics from Stanford University, and a B.S. degree in earth sciences from the University of Tulsa.

    Eric Kuhn

    In July 1996, Eric Kuhn assumed his current duties as General Manager of the Colorado River Water Conservation District. Eric started employment with the River District in 1981, and his responsibilities since then have included technical management of River District activities such as Taylor Draw Dam and Reservoir, Wolford Mountain Reservoir, water marketing, interstate water issues, and integrated project operations. Eric also serves as an at-large representative on the Colorado Interbasin Compact Commission, to which he was appointed by Governor Owens in 2006. He also currently serves as one of the technical panel co-chairs of the Colorado Climate project and has participated in the Engineering Advisory Committee of the Upper Colorado River Compact Commission since 1981. From 1994 through 2001, Eric served on the Colorado Water Conservation Board, representing the Colorado River mainstem. He has authored a number of papers and technical presentations on the Colorado River system. Eric earned an M.B.A. degree from Pepperdine University in California in 1980 and a B.S. degree in engineering science from the University of New Mexico in 1972.

    Gregory J. McCabe

    Gregory McCabe is a research scientist with the USGS, where he serves as Chief of the Hydroclimatic Processes and Hazards project within the National Research Program of the USGS Water Resources Discipline. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Denver and the Metropolitan State College of Denver and a research affiliate with the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research at the University of Colorado. His research interests include hydroclimatology, climate variability and change, synoptic climatology, climate teleconnections, and hydrologic modeling. He received a Ph.D. in physical geography from Louisiana State University and B.A. and M.S. degrees in the same discipline from the University of Delaware.

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