The Colorado Water Center (CoWC) brings together the work of the Colorado Water Institute and the CSU Water Center. The CoWC serves to lead interdisciplinary research, education, and engagement to address today’s most pressing water issues in Colorado and beyond, and connect diverse water stakeholders to resources and expertise.

The Colorado Water Center is one of 54 Water Resources Research Institutes created by the Water Resources Act of 1964, which collectively form the National Institutes for Water Resources.

The Center is a division under CSU’s Office of Engagement, and supported by CSU Extension, CSU’s Office of the Provost, Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station and the U.S. Geological Survey.

What’s New

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Mourning the Loss of Justice Gregory J. Hobbs, Jr.

The Colorado water community lost a legend on Tuesday, November 30th, 2021, with the passing of Justice Greg Hobbs. Greg, who would have turned 77 on Dec. 15, passed away peacefully with his family – wife Bobbie, son Dan, and daughter Emily – by his side after suffering a pulmonary embolism.

For both the legal and water communities, and really all whose paths crossed his, the loss is heartbreaking. We not only lost one of our most knowledgeable legal minds, but also lost one of our most able and accomplished speakers, teachers, writers and historians. Those who knew Greg understand.

There will be a celebration of Greg’s life at a later, more COVID-safe time. The family asks that in lieu of flowers donations be made to Water Education Colorado. You can donate in Greg’s memory online at

Our Partners

Water Education Colorado
Center for Environmental Justice
CSU Spur
Water Resources Archive
The National Institutes for Water Resources
Sustainable Living Association
Open Water Foundation
USGS Colorado Water Science Center
CSU School of Global Environmental Sustainability
Colorado Climate Center
Universities Council on Water Resources (UCOWR)