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.

2016-17 Annual Report

2015-16 Annual Report


What's new at the Hutchins Water Center: 

  • An Evening with Jonathan Thompson, April 24, 6:30pm in CMU's University Center Ballroom. Jonathan Thompson is the author of River of Lost Souls, which tells the story behind the 2015 Gold King Mine disaster that turned the Animas River in southwestern Colorado orange with sludge. This event will be free and open to the public, with a reception followed by a slideshow and talk.
  • Mesa County State of the Rivers Meeting, May 14, 6:30 - 8:30 in CMU's University Center Ballroom. This meeting will provide you with an update on this year's snowpack, expected river flows and reservoir operations, as well as drought planning and information on an innovative project to help endangered fish in the Grand Valley. A free chili dinner will be provided to those who RSVP. Co-sponsored by the Colorado River District

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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