Colorado State University Water Resources Archive ‘Water Tables’ event recap

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Here’s the release from the Water Resources Archive:

Water Tables 2010 was the biggest and most successful annual fundraiser for the Water Resources Archive yet, hosting 170 guests and raising more than $45,000. The Colorado water community enjoyed a night of archival treasures, collegiality, and dinner conversation at the Colorado State University Libraries in February.

The event’s theme was “Across State Lines: Sharing the Resource,” and the 19 table hosts included not only Colorado water experts, but also experts from Wyoming, Nevada, and Montana. Mario Lopez Perez, Engineering and Technical Standards Manager at the National Water Commission of Mexico, brought an international view to the event with his table topic “The Colorado River as an International River: Mexico’s Perspective.” This unprecedented gathering enabled collegial discussions about the sharing of western water in a historical context.

The evening began with a reception in Morgan Library and tours of the Water Resources Archive. An exhibit, “Finding Buried Treasures: Maps of the Colorado River,” was on view, displaying a small portion of the historical maps, publications, and photographs of this highly used western river held by the archive. Also on display were highlights from new collections donated in 2009, including materials from the Papers of Arthur L. Littleworth.

Following the reception, guests made their way through accumulating snow to the Lory Student Center ballroom for dinner and topical conversations. “This event is a unique forum for educating people on a variety of subjects in a small venue which provides a very personal dialogue with the participants,” said Steve Vandiver, general manager of the Rio Grande Water Conservation District and table host.

Thanks to the generosity of many individual and corporate sponsors, 30 graduate students were able to attend the event and interact with current leaders in the water industry. The funds raised will help the archive continue to prepare historical materials for public use, digitize and deliver materials online, and increase outreach to potential donors and researchers.

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