CSU Water Center

Stories of Water Equity and Environmental Justice


Stories of Water Equity and Environmental Justice


You are invited to participate in a day of stories and dialogue with authors, academics, and citizens about their experiences with the privatization of water, water as a human right, and access to safe water and sanitation for everyone. This event is co-hosted by the CSU Water Center, the Environmental Justice Working Group sponsored through SoGES, and the Colorado Water Institute.




PARKING: Parking is limited so please consider alternative transportation or allow extra time to locate a visitor parking spot. The west side of Lot #310, located directly north of the Lory Student Center, allows you to pay by the hour. Alternatively, Lot #425, located west of Morgan Library, has pay by the hour options. Click here for additional parking options. Click here to access the campus parking map.


Contact us with questions and/or dietary restrictions. We look forward to seeing you there!

Agenda - Stories of Water Equity & Environmental Justice

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Colorado State University Campus | Lory Student Center, North Ballroom
1101 Center Avenue Mall | Fort Collins, CO 80523

8:00 AM

Registration and coffee (Lory Student Center, North Ballroom)



8:30 AM

Welcome and opening remarks


Reagan Waskom, Director, Colorado Water Institute and Chair of the CSU Water Center


Stephanie Malin and Melinda Laituri, SoGES Environmental Justice Working Group


Provost Miranda, Colorado State University



9:00 AM

Water as a Human Right


Cheryl Distaso, Coordinator, Fort Collins Community Action Network


Where are the drinking fountains in downtown Fort Collins? Water justice as a local issue


Kim Lemme, Global Sustainability Manager, Water For People


Water for people: An international tour


Steve Mumme, Professor of Political Science, Colorado State University


The new All-American Canal and other water inequities along the U.S.-Mexico boundary



Moderated by Neil Grigg, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Colorado State University



10:00 AM




10:15 AM

Stories of Water Privatization and Access


Melissa Elliot, Director of Stakeholder Relations, Denver Water


Underpriced, yet expensive: The water industry’s wicked problem


Kelsea Macilroy, Sociology Graduate Student, Colorado State University


How the well went dry: Tracking spatial inequality in groundwater access in the San Luis Valley, Colorado


Michael Wenstrom, Environmental Protection Specialist, US EPA and Diane Russell, Community Involvement Coordinator, US EPA


Flint: The federal response – An on-the-ground perspective


Moderated by Stephanie Malin, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Colorado State University



11:30 AM

Keynote Luncheon


David Archambault II, Chairman of the Standing Rock Indian Reservation


Standing Rock Reservation and the Dakota Access pipeline conflict



Moderated by Dimitris Stevis, Professor of Political Science, Colorado State University




Please email csuwatercenter@gmail.com with any dietary restrictions



1:30 PM

Stories from Underrepresented Communities’ Perspectives


Lorelei Cloud, Vice Chairwoman, Southern Ute Tribal Council and Chair, Ten Tribes Partnership of the Colorado River Basin


Stepping up to be counted: The story of the Ten Tribes Partnership of the Colorado River Basin


Junita Martinez, Board Member, Sangre de Cristo Acequia Association


Historic community water sharing: A story of acequias in Soutand Chair, Ten Tribes Partnership of the Colorado River Basinhern Colorado


Hugo Lezama, Civil and Environmental Engineering student and Water Sustainability Fellow, Colorado State University


National Western Center youth water project: Diversifying voices and raising awareness



Moderated by MaryLou Smith, Policy and Collaboration Specialist, Colorado Water Institute



2:30 PM




2:45 PM

Stories from an International Perspective


Melinda Laituri, Professor of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability, Colorado State University


Woldezion Mesghinna, President and Principal Engineer, Natural Resources Consulting Engineers


Bill Timpson, Professor, School of Education, Colorado State University



Moderated by Melinda Laituri, Professor of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability, Colorado State University



3:50 PM

Stories of Rivers and Environmental Justice


Ellen Wohl, Professor of Geosciences, Colorado State University


An environmental bill of rights for rivers


Gary Wockner, Executive Director, Save the Poudre


Rivers as legal and living entities


Sarah Romano, Assistant Professor, University of Northern Colorado


Water equity and environmental justice: Where do we go from here?



Moderated by Reagan Waskom, Colorado Water Institute and CSU Water Center



4:45 PM

Audience discussion and closing remarks



5:15 PM

Reception (Lory Student Center, Longs Peak Room)


Cash bar and refreshments will be provided