Ken Salazar at Water Tables 2015

Water Tables 2015 guests

Greg Hobbs and Patty Rettig

Kevin McBride

Water Tables 2016: The Historic One Hundred


This year, each table host will discuss one or more of the Water Resources Archive’s 100 collections. Guests have their choice of host on a first-come, first-served basis.

Confirmed as of Dec. 4:

Maurice L. Albertson Papers, hosted by Neil Grigg
This longtime Colorado State University engineering professor will reminisce about his energetic colleague who devoted his career to addressing poverty through international development and water engineering.

Bureau of Reclamation Employees’ Papers, hosted by Andrew Gahan
This BOR historian will talk about the contributions of engineers Robert Glover, Whitney Borland, and James Ogilvie, along with Commissioner Gilbert Stamm, to government water projects and studies in Colorado and across the West.

Central Colorado Water Conservancy District Records, hosted by Everett Kissler
Appointed in 1975, this CCWCD board member has lived a lot of water history and will tell stories about working collaboratively for the benefit of agriculture in the South Platte Basin.

Climate Data Collection, hosted by Nolan Doesken
Colorado’s state climatologist will make climate data come alive with stories of historical collection methods, fascinating weather observers, and his own experiences related to this important work.

Colorado Association of Soil Conservation Districts Records, hosted by Cindy Lair
This Colorado State Conservation Board program leader will discuss her 10+ years of work with conservation districts and the importance of irrigation water to the history and future of rural communities.

Colorado Water Congress Collection and the Richard D. MacRavey Papers, hosted by Doug Kemper
The executive director of the CWC will talk about his organization’s history and filling previous director Dick MacRavey’s shoes.

DARCA Records, hosted by Karen Rademacher
The founding executive director of the Ditch and Reservoir Company Alliance will talk about the motivations behind the origin of the organization and how the initial years progressed.

David M. Freeman Papers, hosted by David Freeman
This retired CSU sociology professor will discuss his observations from 1996 to 2007 of Platte River Basin endangered species-related negotiations, his related research, and the book that resulted.

Friends of the Poudre Records, hosted by Bill Bertschy
The current board president of FOP will talk about the organization’s history, the predecessor Preserve Our Poudre, and ongoing efforts to preserve the Cache la Poudre River.

GASP Records, hosted by Don Magnuson
This water user will discuss the original efforts and intentions of the defunct Groundwater Appropriators of the South Platte.

Marvin E. Jensen Papers, co-hosted by Marvin Jensen and Tom Trout
These retired USDA Agricultural Research Service engineers (one ag, one civil) will discuss Jensen’s work on evaluating water distribution and usage along the lower Colorado River.

E. Bruce Jones Papers and Everett V. Richardson Papers, hosted by David Frick
This consulting engineer will reminisce about knowing Dr. Richardson as a student, colleague, and son-in-law for over 35 years and working with Dr. Jones for over 15 years on projects such as remote sensing of snowpack.

Loretta Lohman Papers, hosted by Loretta Lohman
This retired Colorado Water Institute associate and historian will discuss her involvement with the broadest aspects of water quality that began at her grandmother's knee and grew into research and consulting in the inter-related areas of western water quality.

David McComb Big Thompson Flood Collection, hosted by Will Wright
This CSU history graduate student will discuss his use of the collection to write an environmental history of the 1976 Big Thompson flood and lessons for today.

Frank Milenski Papers, hosted by Alan Hamel
This retired executive director of the Pueblo Board of Water Works will recollect his mentor, friend, and colleague who was active in the Arkansas Basin as a farmer, irrigator, and board member with several water organizations.

North Poudre Irrigation Company Records, hosted by Richard Seaworth
This irrigator and son of a former board member and president will reminisce about his lifetime--starting from age 10!--with one of Northern Colorado’s largest irrigation companies.

Northern Colorado Flood Oral History Collection, hosted by Ruth Alexander
This CSU history professor will discuss the project she oversaw to interview 35 people involved in the historic 2013 flooding, mostly from a flood management or recovery perspective.

Tom Pitts Papers, hosted by Connie King
This environmental lawyer will discuss her work with the engineer who successfully navigated numerous Colorado Water Congress and North Front Range Water Quality Planning Association projects, including those related to endangered fish species.

John Porter Papers, hosted by John Porter
The retired general manager of the Dolores Water Conservancy District for 22 years will tell stories of his work and accomplishments in southwestern Colorado.

Daryl B. Simons Papers, hosted by Brad Anderson
This consulting engineer will talk about learning from and working for the CSU engineering professor and consultant who focused on watershed and river analyses.

Xeriscape Colorado, Inc., Records, hosted by Liz Gardener
The woman who promoted Xeriscape at Denver Water for over 30 years before her retirement will talk about the origins and uptake of the landscaping practice.

Full tables (please choose from list above):

Chips Barry Papers, hosted by Gail Barry
This lifelong companion of the late Denver Water manager will host a conversation about her husband’s life and legacy, likely with at least a few humorous anecdotes recollected in his honor.

Morton W. Bittinger Papers and the Wright Water Engineers Records, hosted by Ken Wright
This consulting engineer and business owner will discuss his company’s extensive work as well as his groundbreaking efforts in the 1960s and 1970s with a colleague on innovative and important groundwater studies.

W.D. Farr Papers, hosted by Bob Ruyle
This retired water lawyer will talk about knowing the prominent Greeley water leader and serving on the Greeley Water and Sewer Board with him for more than 20 years.

Gregory J. Hobbs, Jr., Papers, hosted by Justice Greg Hobbs
This recently retired Colorado Supreme Court Justice will talk about his extensive experience as a water and environmental lawyer, educator, and poet.

Arthur L. Littleworth Papers, hosted by David Robbins
The water lawyer who served as counsel of record for the State of Colorado in the case Kansas v. Colorado, No. 105, Original, throughout the 25 years of that controversy, will discuss his participation in all of the proceedings which lead to the creation of Special Master Littleworth’s archive.