Environmental History Projects on Water in Colorado Provide Insights about Water Use, Management, and Importance

Water resources were the focus of three environmental-history projects between 2010 and 2013 by Colorado State University’s Public Lands History Center (PLHC).  The projects are described in “PLHC Water History Projects,” pages 29-31 in the July/August 2013 issue of Colorado Water, from the Colorado Water Institute at Colorado State University.  The three projects were as follows: a history of the Water Utilities department of Fort Collins, Colo.; a history of the Farmers Reservoir and Irrigation Company of Brighton, Colo.; and a history of agricultural and urban water use on the Cache La Poudre River, which is located in the Fort Collins area.  At the end of the article, Blake Stewart, one of PLHC’s researchers, stated the following about the value of these projects to Colorado’s water resources, and the potential value of similar projects in other states: “The importance of understanding water and where it comes from, how it is delivered, and how people perceive and use it cannot be underestimated, and environmental history helps us answer many of these questions.”  The newsletter is available online (as PDF) at http://www.cwi.colostate.edu/newsletters.asp; or contact the Colorado Water Institute at (970) 491-6308; e-mail: cwi@colostate.edu.

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