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The 2019 Student Water Field Conference is being Coordinated by the One World One Water Center at MSU and will be held in Fraser and Winter Park in Grand County, CO. The agenda and lodging address are here.  



Interested in water in Colorado and the Colorado River?  Apply to participate in the fifth Annual Colorado Student Water Field Conference!  

September 21-23, 2018 on Grand Mesa in Western Colorado

Spend a September week-end in the aspens on western Colorado's Grand Mesa learning about water management, snow science and aquatic ecosystems with college students from across the state! Registration fee of $20 covers lodging in cabins at Vega Lodge as well as meals. 

This opportunity is available to any college student in Colorado. Students at Metro State University in Denver can have transportation provided by the OWOW Center at Metro. 

LODGING: We have reserved several cabins at Vega Lodge. Cabins have various combinations of queen and double beds and futons. Depending on how many people participate, some participants may need to double up in the beds or sleep in sleeping bags on camping pads. Cabins are equipped with kitchenettes.

FOOD: We will provide dinner on Friday and Saturday evenings, lunch on Saturday, and breakfast on Saturday and Sunday. Participants are also welcome to bring their own food.

TRANSPORTATION: Participants may drive on their own, or can arrange to carpool. Vans may be going from CMU and Metro State.


- Dr. Gigi Richard, Fort Lewis College: Introduction to Colorado Basin hydrology, Snow field science
- Hannah Holm, Colorado Mesa University: Introduction to Colorado water law
- David Graf, CO Parks & Wildlife: How CPW manages water for wildlife and recreation
- Ben Krouse, CO Division of Water Resources: Collbran Project uses, what a water commissioner does
- Bob Woods, Collbran Conservancy District: Vega dam outlet works, how the District manages water
- Other topics: hydropower, irrigation on mountain ranches, domestic water collection



Draft Itinerary



1) Send a brief statement of interest (a paragraph on why you want to participate) to [email protected].

2) Once you have received approval, pay the $20 fee here.

Thanks to Chevron, OWOW and other donors for the contributions the help us keep costs low!

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Join the Student Water Field Conference Facebook Group.

Watch this 30-minute documentary film on water in the Grand Valley to get oriented. While the documentary is focused on the Grand Valley, and we will be at higher elevation, it provides a basic background on regional water history and current water challenges. 

Review this information on what to bring