Colorado State to Host Global Water Research Colloquium March 25 on Challenges, Opportunities

Colorado State University, an international leader in water resources research, begins a series of water events in March with a water colloquium on March 25 to discuss the role that CSU plays in solving cross-disciplinary water challenges in Colorado and around the world.

The colloquium, titled "Global Water: From Conflict to Sustainability," will be 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Hilton Fort Collins, 425 W. Prospect Road. The event is sponsored by the Vice President for Research and is free and open to the public. Registration is required at  Lunch is included.

Brian Richter, co-leader of the Global Freshwater Team and director of The Sustainable Waters Program for The Nature Conservancy, will present the keynote speech from 12:15-1:15 p.m. Richter leads a staff of hydrologists, ecologists, policy specialists and educators in support of conservation projects across the Americas, Asia and the Pacific region. He has provided scientific or technical consultation on more than 90 river projects worldwide.

Other topics at the colloquium include public health, sanitation and infectious diseases, environmental change and adaptation and global dimensions of watershed science. For a full schedule of events, go to

The colloquium precedes several other events organized and hosted by Colorado State University this month:

– 28th annual American Geophysical Union Hydrology Days conference on March 26-28 in the Cherokee Park Room in the CSU’s Lory Student Center in Fort Collins. Major topics include the impacts of climate variability and change on hydrology and water resources, eco-hydrology and emerging water contaminants. To register and for more information, go to

– The Warner College of Natural Resources will host an event March 27-28 to celebrate 50 years of the Watershed Science Program. Topics include the role of climate change, politics and economics in the future of watershed science. To register and for more information, go to

"Colorado State has a rich legacy of visionary leadership for international water programs dating to the 1950s," said Reagan Waskom, director of the Colorado Water Resources Research Institute. "International water research and development, found throughout campus, ranges from engineering, natural resources and agriculture to sociology, environmental health, business and biological sciences."

The university employs more than 100 faculty members in 22 departments who study water and water-related topics and teach more than 150 water-related courses. Additionally, Fort Collins is home to six major federal natural resource research laboratories/centers.

Highlights of Colorado State’s excellence in water research:

– Expertise includes aquatic ecology, climatological processes, water economics, groundwater modeling, river geomorphology, hydrology, irrigation water conservation, water management and planning, recreational resource development, snow hydrology, safe drinking water, water quality management, salinity mitigation practices, and water and wastewater treatment.

– The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is a leader in hydrology/water research and education with many graduates now serving as some of the world’s leading water scientists.

– CSU Extension and the Colorado Water Resources Research Institute serve an important role in linking the university’s synthesis of water knowledge with Colorado’s water managers and stakeholders.

– The state climatologist, currently a position held by Nolan Doesken, is based at Colorado State University.