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CMU makes a splash with Student Water Field Conference
The premiere conference will focus on topics related to agricultural irrigation and environmental health, and how the two come together in western Colorado’s Grand Valley


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CMU makes a splash with Student Water Field Conference

On Sept. 26–28, the Water Center at Colorado Mesa University will host the first Colorado Student Water Field Conference. The conference aims to introduce participants interested in Colorado water to the science, studies and issues surrounding the resource. But unlike most conferences, this one will take place entirely in the field, not in the classroom.

The premiere conference will focus on topics related to agricultural irrigation and environmental health, and how the two come together in western Colorado’s Grand Valley. Lessons will be conducted via field trips, tours and presentations by faculty, water professionals and students. Each year, a different university will host the conference.

Participants will camp along the Colorado River in Palisade, Colo. during the conference. That weekend, they will tour irrigation and water infrastructure, as well as historic diversions from the Colorado River. The conference also features a rafting trip through the Grand Valley to research sites associated with endangered fish and uranium mills, and tours of local farms, orchards and vineyards with varying irrigation strategies.

The conference costs $25 per participant, not including travel to and from Grand Junction and breakfasts during the weekend. A Palisade farm dinner on Saturday evening is provided by a grant from the One World One Water Center at Metropolitan State University of Denver.

On Aug. 28, the Water Center premiered the just-completed film “Water in the Desert: The Grand Valley and its Rivers” on CMU’s campus. The 30-minute documentary tells the story of the relationship between the communities in the Grand Valley and the Colorado and Gunnison Rivers. It also addresses regional and climate factors that could pose challenges for current uses and the health of the river.

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Dana Nunn, Director of Media Relations

dnunn@coloradomesa.edu

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