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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


The Upper Colorado River Basin Water Forum will be held October 30- 31st in the University Center Ballroom at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, CO. This year's theme is Reshaping the River: Reimagining Water Use and Management in the Upper Colorado River Basin.

Click here to register or learn more about the 

2023 Upper Colorado River Basin Water Forum

Graphic 2023 UCRB Forum

Submit your Poster Abstract for the Upper Colorado River
Basin Water Forum
  • Submissions for posters are currently being accepted for the 12th annual Upper Colorado River Basin Water Forum hosted by the Hutchins Water Center at Colorado Mesa University.   
  • Click here to submit your poster abstract!   
  • Click here to learn more about past forums!



The Colorado River District is hosting it's

Annual Water Seminar at CMU on

Friday, September 22nd 


Wanted: Durable Solutions on the Colorado River


2023 Water Seminar 

All student attendance is free, so please spread the word as we'd love more next-gen water leaders! Information and registration is here:




Instructions on submitting your abstract for the 2024 Riparian Restoration Conference can be found here!

2024 RiversEdge West Riparian Restoration Conference

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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