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Vail Valley’s thirst for water and snow

Vail Daily staff reportnewsroom@vaildaily.comVail, CO Colorado

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado -Thursday evening’s session of Shaping the Future of the Eagle Valley marks the conclusion of the 2009 series in Colorado’s Vail Valley. The evening will include a discussion on environmental concerns, including everything from water quality to climate change. Glenn Porzak of Porzak Browning & Bushong and Dr. Bob Raynolds of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science will lead the discussion.The environment is an issue that seems to be on everyone’s mind these days. As world leaders prepare for one of the most crucial meetings on climate change in our recent history, our program will illuminate how this discussion is crucial to our lives in Eagle County. More than most communities, Eagle County residents have an intimate relationship with the environment.Tonight at Battle Mountain High School in Edwards, Porzak and Raynolds will explore conditions facing our towns and county such as conditional and absolute water rights and the highly sensitive nature of climate change on mountain ecosystems. Porzak will explain how the demand for water often exceeds supply because the majority of people live in the Front Range but water supply is on the western slope. Dr. Raynolds will place Colorado in the context of worldwide geological changes.Porzak has specialized in the field of western water law for more than 35 years and his clients include Vail Resorts and the Eagle River Water & Sanitation District. In his spare time, he is a world class climber having summitted Mt. Everest and the highest peak on each of the world’s seven continents.Dr. Raynolds is a research associate in the museum’s earth sciences department, world traveler and Colorado geological expert. Alumni to the Vail Symposium, he most recently conducted a tour to the Leadville mining district.”Tonight’s program is a perfect teaser for the Vail Symposium’s winter forum Energy + Environment: Turning Goals into Realities which will occur on March 22 and 23, 2010,” said Carrie Marsh, executive director of the Vail Symposium. “The topic is crucial to discuss and understand … especially since Colorado can play such an integral role in the success of the future of energy and our environment.”

What: Shaping the Future concludes with a presentation on our environment When: 6 to 8 p.m. ThursdayWhere: Battle Mountain High School, EdwardsCost: $25More information: Call 970-476-0954 or visit

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