Colorado Water Workshop

40th Annual Colorado Water Workshop: Looking Back, Looking Forward: 40 Years with the Water Workshop

The 40th Annual Workshop will be held June 24-25, 2015. Stay tuned for more details!

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. 


Selected Topics

The Colorado State Water Plan: Resolving Differences

Is There Room for the Public Trust Doctrine in Colorado Water?

Emerging Cooperation for Environmental Flows on the Upper Colorado River

Creative Water Arrangements: The Future of 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

Thursday Morning Adventures

Blue Mesa Boat Tour (National Park Service)

Whitewater Rafting on the Upper Taylor River

Gunnison Ranch Tour

Mountain Biking at Hartman's Rocks

Colorado Water Congress 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 follows the Workshop: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

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


Thank you to our sponsors!

Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District

Colorado River District

Colorado Water Conservation Board

Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District

Ute Water Conservancy District

Southwestern Water Conservation District

City of Gunnison

Tri-County Water Conservancy District

Wilson Water Group

Dolores Water Conservancy District

Leonard Rice Engineers, Inc.

City of Aurora/Aurora Water

Gunnison River Festival

Pitkin County

Sponsorships for the 2014 Workshop are still 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
Coldharbour Chair in Environment & Sustainability
Ph.D., Iowa State University, B.A., Hope College
Office Location: Kelley Hall 109
Assistant Professor of Environment & Sustainability, and Sustainable & Resilient Communities MEM Coordinator
BS, University of Colorado Denver, MBA, University of Houston, PhD, University of Colorado Denver
Office Location: Kelley Hall 104
Lecturer in Environment & Sustainability
B.A., James Madison University, M.S. University of Colorado Boulder, Ph.D. (ABD) Environmental Studies University of Colorado Boulder
Office Location: Kelley Hall 114A
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: Kelly 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
Lecturer in Environment & Sustainability
B.S., University of Denver, M.S., University of Colorado Denver, Ph.D., Colorado State University
Office Location: Kelley Hall 114B
Professor and Director of the Master of Environmental Management Program; Professor of Env Sustainability & Philosophy; Director, Headwaters Project
B.A., Western State Colorado University; , M.A., St. John's College; , Ph.D., Washington State University.
Phone: (970) 943-3450
Office Location: Kelley Hall 107
Lecturer in Environment & Sustainability
B.A., Stanford University, MFA, University of Idaho
Office Location: Kelley Hall 114B
Assistant Professor of Environment & Sustainability, and Integrative Land Management MEM Coordinator
B.A., University of Colorado, M.S., Colorado State University, Ph.D., University of Alaska
Office Location: Kelley Hall 106
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
MEM Graduate Faculty, 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
Lecturer in Environment & Sustainability, and Biology
B.S., Winona State University, M.S., University of Minnesota Duluth, Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Phone: 970.943.2024
Office Location: Kelly Hall 114
Director of Environment & Sustainability, Assistant professor of Environment & Sustainability, 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 31C
Lecturer in Environment & Sustainability
B.S. Colorado State University, M.S. Colorado State University
Office Location: Kelley Hall 114A
Lecturer in Environment & Sustainability and MEM Global Coordinator
B.A., University of California San Diego, Ph.D. Purdue University
Office Location: Kelley hall 114A