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Ruth Powell Hutchins Water Center


The Mission of the Hutchins Water Center at Colorado Mesa University is to perform and facilitate interdisciplinary and collaborative research, education, outreach, and dialogue to address the water issues facing the Upper Colorado River Basin.

2015-16 Annual Report

2014-15 Annual Report

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What's new at the Water Center: 

  • Fourth annual Student Water Field Conference, September 23-24, Keystone, CO. The Hutchins Water Center and the One World, One Water Center at Metropolitan State University of Denver take turns hosting this field conference that is open to all Colorado college students. This year, OWOW is hosting in Keystone! To apply, click here
  • The Economics of our Water: A Colorado River Business Tour, Oct 7, Grand Valley, CO. This event is being organized in collaboration with Business for Water Stewardship, Alpine Bank, Colorado River District, Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce, Grand Junction Economic Partnership, and the Grand Junction Outdoor Recreation Coalition. 
  • Southeastern Utah Water Workshop, Oct 16, Moab, UT. This event is being organized by The Nature Conservancy Moab, Utah Division of Water Rights, and Utah State University Extension Sustainability, with support from the Hutchins Water Center. 
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Purpose of the Water Center

The Upper Colorado basin is facing increasing demands on water resources, and there are many unanswered questions about how these demands could affect the region's environment and communities. The Water Center at CMU seeks to coordinate research, education and dialogue on these issues.

Studying Water at Colorado Mesa University

  • Colorado Mesa University offers two degree programs focused on water: an interdisciplinary Watershed Science minor and an Associate in Applied Science degree in Water Quality Management, as well as a new Associate in Applied Science degree in Sustainable Agriculture.
  • Faculty in both the natural sciences and the social sciences have expertise in water issues.
  • CMU also sponsors continuing education classes and seminars for the general public; updated information on these offerings is available on the events page.
  • Colorado Mesa University's library has a digital Western Water Resources Collection.

Connect with the Water Center

We are located in Lowell Heiny Hall Room 423; phone 970-248-1968; email.

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