Western Water Symposium examines precious resource

From the vast fields of farmland on the eastern plains to the glistening streams of the Rocky Mountains, water enabled the foundation of our state’s past and will continue to shape our future landscape.

The 2015 Colorado State University Western Water Symposium and Barbecue will provide guests with insight about past water-related innovations, technology and resources, while engaging them in a discussion about the future of water in the American West.

Benefitting the CSU Water Resources Archive, the day-long event will be held July 27 at the Morgan Library, on campus. Deadline to register online is July 24.

The event will begin with an introduction at 10 a.m. in the Morgan Library lobby, followed by speaker presentations from 10:15 to 11:45 a.m. on the third floor.

Four guest speakers

The morning sessions of the symposium will examine our water legacy. Guest speakers include Susan Schulten, professor of history at the University of Denver, and Patty Limerick, history professor and faculty director of the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado Boulder. Schulten and Limerick will analyze historic maps of the arid west and discuss western water history, respectively.

Additional guest speakers will follow lunch at noon from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

In the afternoon, the symposium will focus on future water management improvement. Guest speakers include Ara Azhderian, water policy administrator for the San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority in California, and Pat Mulroy, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.

Moderated by Colorado Supreme Court Justice Greg Hobbs, the symposium will conclude with a panel discussion featuring all four presenters. This discussion will take place from 3 to 4 p.m. Tours of the Archive will be offered at 4:30 p.m., followed immediately by the barbecue in the Collaboratory on the third floor of the Library.

Join us at this year’s Western Water Symposium and Barbecue to spark the conversation about pioneering our water future. Registration cost is $100 for guests or $50 for students. Registration includes attendance, meals and a tax-deductible gift to the Archive and is available online.

The Water Resources Archive consists of collections documenting the history and development of water resources in Colorado and the West. Subjects included in the Archive are law and legislation, engineering and water resources management, among others.

For more information visit the Archive website.