Preserving the Source
An e-newsletter from the Water Resources Archive
at Colorado State University

December 2007/January 2008
Issue X

Join Us for Water Tables

On Saturday, February 9, 2008, CSU Libraries will once again host Water Tables: An Evening with the Experts to Benefit the Water Resources Archive. The event offers a unique, firsthand experience of Colorado's water resources--past and present--in an intimate dinner setting. This year's theme is From Water Fights to Water Rights: Groundbreaking Moments in the Greater Colorado Water Story and the event will focus on pivotal moments in the region's water history. Beginning at 5:00 p.m. with a reception and tours of the Water Resources Archive in the Morgan Library, guests will view photographs, documents, maps, and other artifacts that reveal Colorado's water past while mingling with an array of water experts. Following the tours and reception, guests will be escorted across the plaza to the ballrooms of Lory Student Center where water experts, serving as table hosts, will facilitate engaging topic conversations while dinner is served.

This year's Water Tables hosts include:

Student at Water Tables 2007

Dick Bratton, Former Chairman of Colorado Water Resources & Power Development Authority and founder of the Western States Water Workshop, & John Hill, Former lawyer in the U.S. Department of Justice in the Environment and Natural Resources Division
Topic: Carter's Water Project Hit List

Karl Dreher, Former Chairman of the Western States Water Council and current Vice President of Brown and Caldwell
Topic: Snake River Conflicts in Idaho: Ground Water and Endangered Salmon

Sara Duncan, Former Acting Director of the Colorado Water Conservation Board
Topic: Sam Maynes & a Tale of Two Projects: Animas-La Plata and the Dolores

Jo Evans, Current President of the Silver Trout Foundation, a Director of Colorado Trout Unlimited, and a Board Member of Denver Audubon
Topic: Lobbying for the Environment in a Time of Water Project Boom

Alan Hamel, Executive Director for the Board of Water Works of Pueblo, Colorado
Topic: Tommy Thompson, JFK & the Frying Pan-Arkansas Project

Mark Harvey, Professor of history at North Dakota State University, Fargo
Topic: David Brower & the Defeat of Echo Park Dam

Diane Hoppe, Former State Representative and House Minority Whip
Topic: The Narrows Project: 1985-2005

Ray Kogovsek, Former U.S. Congressman, State Representative, and Colorado State Senator
Topic: Congressional Debates: The East vs West Divide Continues

David Little, Director of Planning for Denver Water
Topic: Fifteen years after the Two Forks Veto: Is the State Better Off?

Don Lopez, Former Assistant New Mexico State Engineer
Topic: The Rio Grande & Silvery Minnow

Dan Luecke, Environmental scientist, water resources expert, and former President of the Colorado Conservation Fund
Topic: The Three States Agreement: Three Birds & a Fish

Dan Merriman, Currently of HARRIS Water Engineering, Inc.
Topic: The Instream Flow Connection

Del Nimmo, Research Associate with the Department of Biology, Colorado State University-Pueblo
Topic: Determining a Stream's Biological Health: A Study of Fountain Creek

Don Pisani, Merrick Professor of History at the University of Oklahoma
Topic: Floyd Dominy & the Golden Age of Dam Building

Leroy Poff, Associate Professor, Department of Biology and Graduate Degree Program in Ecology, Colorado State University
Topic: River Restoration & Sustainability

Jack Ross, Former Chair of the Upper Colorado River Commission
Topic: Glenn Saunders, Urban Water, and the Blue River Decree

Steven Schulte, Professor of History at Mesa State College
Topic: Wayne Aspinall & the Washington Connection

Brian Werner, Public Information Officer for the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District, & Dan Tyler, Emeritus Professor of History at Colorado State University
Topic: W.D. Farr & the Colorado-Big Thompson Project: Water for the Front Range

Ellen Wohl, Professor of Geosciences at Colorado State University
Table Topic: Inheriting Our Past: Using Environmental History to Predict Alternative Futures for the Poudre River

Tickets are $125 per person. Reservations can be made through February 1 online, by calling (970) 491-1833, or by downloading a reservation form.

Proceeds from the event help grow and strengthen archival collections, enable increased digitization of materials, and fund the creation of educational exhibits.

Photo above: Dan Gibson-Reinemer, a Masters candidate in the Department of Fishery and Wildlife Biology at CSU, examining materials in the Archive during Water Tables 2007. Says Dan: "The opportunity to interact with so many people involved with the past and future of water in Colorado was fantastic. It's events like Water Tables that make me particularly proud to be a CSU student."

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Archive Update: New Materials Received

The Water Resources Archive is pleased to announce the arrival of both a new collection and a new accession. The new collection is that of Richard D. "Dick" MacRavey, the retired executive director of the Colorado Water Congress. Though small, the donation is significant, as it documents MacRavey's prominence in the water community through paintings and books given to him and videos of him. MacRavey also promised the Archive there would be more to come!

The new accession is to the Records of Wright Water Engineers. The twelve boxes added to the existing collection in November concern the company's work with Great Western Sugar Company in relation to water rights and facilities at various Colorado locations, mostly during the 1970s and 1980s. The files represent an untapped resource on two prominent Colorado companies.

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Looking Forward: Forthcoming Appearances, Physically and Virtually

The Colorado Water Congress's annual conference is coming up January 24-25 in Denver, and the Water Resources Archive will be there with its traveling exhibit. Be sure to stop by the booth and get some free archival goodies!

Also be sure to watch the Archive's website in the coming months to be among the first to see important newly digitized items. Some of these include the minute books of the Godfrey Ditch Company. Spanning the years 1870-1980, the entire contents of the minute books will soon be online for the world to read. Also coming soon is a book written by Charles Fisk: The Metro Denver Water Story. Published by his family after his death, the book was given to the Archive in both paper and electronic form. At over 500 pages, it is a detailed look at Denver's water.

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Support the Archive: Sponsor a Student at Water Tables

The Libraries is now seeking sponsors to support graduate student attendance at the upcoming Water Tables. Each donation of $125 will enable a CSU graduate student to attend Water Tables in February and support the Archive. Interactions with professionals beyond the classroom lay an important foundation for students seeking to pursue careers in water resources. Attending Water Tables will give these students a unique opportunity to meet and engage with the foremost water experts and help these students make connections within the water community to further their professional growth. To sponsor a graduate student, logon to the Water Tables reservation page and indicate your desire to purchase a student ticket along with your own reservation. (If you can't attend the event, you can still sponsor a student by following the reservation process.)

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Virtual Visit: Electronic, Searchable Finding Aids

The number of online finding aids describing the Water Resources Archive's collections keeps growing! Two new ones have been recently posted, one for the Records of DARCA (Ditch and Reservoir Company Alliance) and a revised one for the Ival V. Goslin Water Resources Collection. The DARCA collection, though one of the Archive's smallest, documents the work of that organization from its beginning in 2001. The Goslin finding aid was updated to list the materials received after his widow's death in 2006. The materials include numerous slides, publications, professional papers, and artifacts.

All of the Archive's finding aids are individually listed on the Collections web page. They are also fully searchable as a group from that page or from the Search web page. Enter a keyword, click on "search," and you'll be on your way to discovering the riches of the Archive!

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This quarterly electronic newsletter is designed to keep you informed on the developments with the Water Resources Archive. If you would prefer not to receive further updates, or if you know someone else who would like to receive this, just drop a line to us at development@library.colostate.edu.

This e-newsletter is created by Patty Rettig with the assistance of Judea Franck.