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 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.


The Colorado Water Center is pleased to announce the 2019-2020 award recipients for its CSU Competitive Grants Program. The Center will award funding to three research teams, two faculty fellows, and two education and engagement projects for FY20. Click here to learn more about the awardees.

Dana Winkelman, Unit Leader Colorado Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit conducting research on Whirling Disease resistant Rainbow trout. Fishery managers may be successful in reestablishing wild rainbow trout by stocking strains of rainbow trout found to be resistant to the whirling disease parasite.
August 1, 2016.

The Hofer rainbow trout strain has demonstrated strong resistance to the parasite. These fish originated from the Kamloops rainbow trout in the Columbia River system in North America. In the late 1800s, these fish were transported to Germany to be grown as food fish in local hatcheries. Because whirling disease originates in Europe, the fish were reared in whirling disease-positive waters. Over time, this rainbow trout strain developed a resistance to the parasite. This resistance has been confirmed in laboratory studies. The Hofer rainbow trout have typical behaviors associated with domestic fish, which include reduced fright response and aggressive feeding. These characteristics of domestication, while beneficial in a hatchery setting, are not advantageous for wild fish.


November 6-7, 2019 | Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center, Aurora, CO

Due to inclement weather & flight cancellations of speakers & guests, the 2019 Water in the West Symposium has been rescheduled for November 6-7, 2019. All registrations will be transferred to the new dates, and registration is currently open. Click here for more information and direct questions to