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: 

  • Natural Resources Seminar Series, Mondays at 4pm, 8/21 - 12/3, Wubben-Science, Room 141, CMU. Maps & Directions. All presentations are free and open to the public, no registration necessary. Water-related speakers include:

    • 10/8 Dr. Kris Hulvey, Assistant Professor Wildlands Resources, Utah State University, Can We Manage Public Rangelands for Grazing and the Environment? Balancing Livelihoods, Clean Water and Sage Grouse Habitat
    • 10/22 Amy Haas, Executive Director, Upper Colorado River Commission
    • 11/5 Dr. Gigi Richard, Visiting Instructor of Geology, Ft. Lewis College, Water Yield Sensitivity to Snow Loss in Colorado Headwater Streams.

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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