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.

We're 10 Years Old!
Highlights from our First Decade

What's New at the Hutchins Water Center 

  • Water Diversion Selection Tool - The Water Center partnered with Trout Unlimited to develop a "Water Diversion Selection Tool" that can be used to aid water users planning for new or rehabilitated flow diversions from streams in selecting diversion technologies that are resilient and meet multiple objectives.
  •  "Watering the West" documentary series at CMU. University Center Ballroom at 6pm, October 19th, 26th, and November 17th. 
  • 2022 Water Course - Find presentations and other resources from this three day seminar series that covered a range of water topics including science, policy and law.

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 three degree and certificate programs focused on water: an interdisciplinary Watershed Science minor, an Associate in Applied Science degree in Sustainable Agriculture, and a River Studies & Leadership Certificate.
  • 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.
  • We're compiling a collection of Colorado Basin Teaching Resources

Connect with the Water Center

We are located in Lowell Heiny Hall Room 423; phone 970-248-1280; email: [email protected]  

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