Colorado State University to Feature World Wildlife Fund Officer at World Water Day March 22

CSU will host a celebration of World Water Day on March 22 in conjunction with Hydrology Days, an annual CSU conference focused on hydrologic sciences and closely related disciplines.

World Water Day at CSU is sponsored by the Office of Outreach and Strategic Programs, Office of International Programs, the Colorado Water Institute, CSU Libraries, and CSU Environmental Governance Working Group and will highlight local, regional, and global educational and outreach programs.

John Matthews, senior program officer of the freshwater program for the World Wildlife Fund, will give the keynote address at World Water Day. Matthews will highlight the lessons of emerging best practices for freshwater climate adaptation from the World Wildlife Fund staff to groups such as the World Bank, government development agencies, and key nongovernmental organization partners.

World Water Day at CSU will include a fair with displays hosted by various organizations, workshops, demonstrations and community service projects. The event is free and open to the public. A lunch and special Borland Lecture are $15. To register for World Water Day, and/or Hydrology Days, visit The overall event will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Lory Student Center; the World Water Day Fair will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Matthews will speak at 9:30 a.m. in the student center. He has worked with WWF’s global network since 2007, and supports staff all over the world as an internal consultant for freshwater conservation and economic development. His current scientific research focuses on how shifts in precipitation patterns are altering the freshwater communities and bird migration pathways within the Great Basin of North America. He has a doctorate in ecology, evolution, and behavioral ecology from the University of Texas at Austin, and is an expert in climate adaptation, freshwater conservation, and economic development.

This year marks the American Geophysical Union’s 30th Hydrology Days event at CSU. The American Geophysical Union is an organization that has been conducting research in the field of geosciences for more than 90 years. The organization’s focus is on Earth and space science research that is used for the benefit of humanity.

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