Sterling: Recap of recent briefing from Lower South Platte Water Conservancy District

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LSPWCD board member Lou Rinaldo took time to brief the Sterling Rotary about operations recently. Here’s a report from Callie Jones writing for the Sterling Journal Advocate. From the article:</p.

Rinaldo also talked about irrigation wells and how there haven’t been any shut down from Prewitt Reservoir to the state line. Wells are protected because every ditch company has recharge projects, where they replace their consumptive use…

Some of the projects include, for instance, a bunch of places east of Fort Morgan where there has been water and there isn’t water. Rinaldo said you probably won’t see any water in those recharge ponds until the spring, because it may be only 60 days until the water gets back to the river. There are some projects that are 1,200 days before the water gets back to the river.

More South Platte River Basin coverage here.

Colorado State University named to United Nations’ first North American water resource center

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Here’s the release from Colorado State University (Emily Wilmsen):

Water-related issues facing the world

The agreement means that the roughly 120 professors conducting water-related research at Colorado State will help provide guidance on issues largely facing the world including:

• hydrologic and hydraulic engineering
• water planning and systems management
• water policy development and governance
• ecosystem sustainability
• socioeconomic analysis
• conflict resolution
• global change

“Colorado State University water engineering alumni are in key positions around the globe because of the reputation of our water engineering program and our persistence – and success – in solving environmental problems on a mass scale,” said Tony Frank, president of Colorado State. “It’s not a question of where our alumni are, it’s where aren’t they? We look forward to working with the U.N. on critical water-resource issues.”

Water security, challenges

The university’s College of Engineering last week formalized the agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Institute for Water Resources, which is the lead institution in the new water center, known as the International Center for Integrated Water Resources Management. The center is based in Fort Belvoir, Va., and is part of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization or UNESCO. The overall mission of the new center is “the advancement of the science and practice of integrated water resources management to address water security and other water-related challenges by regional and global action, through new knowledge, innovative technologies, collaborative interdisciplinary scientific research, networking, training and capacity development within the framework of UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme.”

Host organization for UNESCO Centre

CSU’s International School for Water Resources in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department will serve as the host organization for the UNESCO Centre along with the Colorado Water Institute and the Department of Sociology. The international school has provided training and guidance at Colorado State University for participants from more than 65 countries.

Evan Vlachos, professor of sociology and civil engineering and associate director of the International School for Water Resources, negotiated the agreement on behalf of CSU and acts as coordinator for this new initiative.

Address global challenges via integrated indisciplinary partnership

“This is the place that developed modern-day irrigated agriculture,” said Vlachos, a 40-year veteran for Colorado State. “Now we are addressing global challenges in an integrated interdisciplinary fashion in partnership with UNESCO.”

“Our faculty, in civil engineering and other departments across campus, has a worldwide reputation for excellence,” said Luis Garcia, chair of the Civil and Environmental Engineering department. “We take pride in having alumni around the world and continue to train students to become leaders in the water field, both in the United States and abroad.”

Other participating institutions in the new U.N. center include:

The Nature Conservancy
State Department
U.S. Geological Survey
University of Arizona
Oregon State University

Thanks to The Denver Post for the heads up. More Colorado water coverage here.