The first day of a conference marking the end of the 27-year Snake River Basin Adjudication sponsored by the Idaho Supreme Court, the Kempthorne Institute and the University of Idaho College of Law Aug 25 will look back at this astounding achievement.
The second day policy panel Aug 26, headed by Kempthorne, will look forward. It not only looks at Idaho and the West, but the world. The panel begins at 9 a.m. and registration is required for $20, which includes buffet breakfast that begins at 8 a.m.
I’m moderating the panel that will discuss the policy and politics of water from a national and global perspective. We’ll look beyond the issues of western water rights so central to the Snake River Basin issue to even the concept of water as a human right.
Kempthorne has brought together a formidable panel headed by Former Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski and former Mexico Ambassador to the United States Arturo Sarukhan. As Interior Secretary Kempthorne worked with both men to craft solutions to seemingly intractable controversies on the Klamath and Colorado rivers.
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Mike Connor, current deputy Interior Secretary, participated in both issues in previous positions and can provide perspective of the current administration on water management issues.
Kempthorne also has Chairman of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe Chief Allan and Executive Director of the Nez Perce Tribe Rebecca Miles on the panel to talk about the opportunities the unique tribal perspective to the water issues can play in the search for policy solutions. Miles was chairman of the Nez Perce Executive Committee when the Nez Perce Agreement was going through the Idaho Legislature and Congress. Her leadership was critical to its final passage through both the Legislature and the tribal votes.
Bob Iacullo, Executive Vice President, United Water, will bring the municipal and private water view to the discussions. Michael Bogert, former Counselor to the Kempthorne when he was Secretary of the Department of the Interior and former Sen. Larry Craig will bring their expertise to the discussion.