Colorado Water Workshop

39th Annual Colorado Water Workshop: The People's Water

June 18-20, 2014

Western State Colorado University, Gunnison, Colorado

Join us in Gunnison for three days of presentations, conversation, and debate on water issues in Colorado and the West. 


The Colorado State Water Plan

Two Doctrines: Prior Appropriation and the Public Trust

Responses to Drought in the Southwestern States

Sharing the Colorado River

Creative Water Approaches: Preserving Colorado Agriculture

Pre-Conference Seminar

Colorado Water Law in a Nutshell, by Aaron Clay (additional charge) Tuesday afternoon, June 17, and Wednesday morning, June 18

Colorado Legislative Water Resources Review Committee Meeting

The Committee will convene to hear public testimony on the state water plan on Wednesday morning, June 18, 10:00-noon.

Thursday Morning Adventures

Morrow Point Boat Tour (National Park Service)

Rafting on the Lower Taylor

Gunnison Ranch Tour

Mountain Biking at Hartman's Rocks

POND Networking Reception at the Gunnison Arts Center

Join the network of Colorado water professionals for food, drinks, art, and film on Wednesday evening.

Additional Activities

Come for the Workshop, stay for the weekend! The Gunnison River Festival: June 20, 21, and 22.

Dive into some water art! The Gunnison Arts Center's Our River, Our Valley program

Registration information coming soon.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District

City of Gunnison

Gunnison River Festival

Sponsorships for the 2014 Workshop are available!

Questions?  Please e-mail workshop director Jeff Sellen at or call at 970-943-3162.

Faculty & Staff


Professor of Biology
B.A., University of Texas at Austin, Ph.D., University of North Texas
Phone: (970) 943-3405
Office Location: Hurst Hall 143C
Assistant Professor in Biology and Environment & Sustainability
B.A., Biology, University of California–Santa Cruz, 1995, Ph.D., Botany, University of Wisconsin–Madison, 2005
Phone: (970) 943-2565
Office Location: Kelley Hall 105
Senior Lecturer in Recreation and Outdoor Education
B.A., John Carroll University; , M.S., Western Illinois University
Phone: (970) 943-2115
Office Location: Wright Gym 222
Professor and Director of the Master of Environmental Management Program
B.A., Western State College of Colorado; , M.A., St. John's College; , Ph.D., Washington State University.
Phone: (970) 943-3450
Office Location: Kelley Hall 107
Associate Professor of Communication Arts
B.A., Humboldt State University; , M.F.A., University of North Carolina-Greensboro.
Phone: (970) 943-3052
Office Location: Taylor Hall 212E
Professor of Recreation and Outdoor Education, Recreation and Outdoor Education Program Coordinator
B.S., University of New Hampshire; M.A., Harvard Graduate School of Education; Ph.D., University of New Hampshire.
Phone: (970) 943-2118
Office Location: Wright Gym 223
B.A. Environmental Studies, Western State Colorado University; M.A. in History, McMaster University; Ph.D. Candidate in Environmental History, McMaster University.
Phone: (970) 943-2427
Office Location: Kelley Hall 106
Director of Environment & Sustainability and Director of the Colorado Water Workshop
B.A., Wartburg College; M.A., University of Nebraska-Omaha; Ph.D., Washington State University.
Phone: (970) 943-3162
Office Location: Kelley Hall 104
Professor of Anthropology
B.A., University of Colorado; , M.A., Ph.D., University of Minnesota.
Phone: (970) 943-2062
Office Location: Hurst Hall 16D
Professor of Environmental Management
Office Location: