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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.                                                                                                 


What's New at the Hutchins Water Center

  • 2023 Upper Colorado River Basin Request for Proposal -The Ruth Powell Hutchins Water Center is excited to present a Request for Proposal for contractors to run the Upper Colorado River Basin Water Forum, to be held November 15-16, 2023. For over 10 years, this conference has drawn 100s of water scientists, policy makers, stakeholders, and the broader community to share, learn, and discuss contemporary water issues.
Important Dates (note that these dates were recently updated and are not reflected in the PDF describing the RFP): 
  • Question Submittal: March 8, 2023, 11:00a
  • Bid Intent Deadline: March 13, 2023 11:00a
  • Proposal Submittal: March 17, 2023 11:00a
  • Notice of Award: March 31st (estimated)
Please find more details under “Goods & Services” here:

You may also register for free and submit via BidNet Direct/Rocky Mountain E-Purchasing Questions and proposals must be submitted via

  • 2023 Natural Resources Seminar Course-The Hutchins Water Center has teamed up with Colorado Mesa University's Environmental Science and Technology department to present the 2023 Natural Resources Seminar Series. All encompassing, this course will cover topics related to natural resources in the Western US, including water, soil, land, mineral, and energy. Guest speakers are invited from industry, government agencies, and the academic community to give formal oral presentations followed by informal discussion with students, the community, and faculty. This seminar series is free and open to students and the community. Come to just one or all of these informative presentations.

    Click Here for the Speaker schedule or email the [email protected] for more information.

  • Water Law in a Nutshell- Join Eagle River Watershed Council and Aaron Clay for a seminar on the complicated topic of water & ditch rights as applied in Colorado. This seminar will cover all aspects of the law related to water rights and ditch right as applied in Colorado. The seminar will be held on March 14th from 8 am to 5 pm on March 14th at Colorado Mountain College Edwards.   


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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