About Water Literate Leaders of Northern Colorado

The Colorado Water Center, in cooperation with the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado and the Hach Center for Regional Engagement, launched a non-partisan Water Literate Leaders of Northern Colorado program in September 2017. Modeled after highly successful programs such as Leadership Northern Colorado and Water Education Colorado’s Water Fluency Program, this program is for those who hold or aspire to political office, or other roles, including boards and commissions, which can impact regional water policy.

Program participants:

  • Actively learn about complex Northern Colorado water issues from all angles including: agriculture, urban, environmental, recreation, and business via presentations, dialogue and field trips
  • Interact and dialogue with regional water leaders for an inside view of issues affecting Northern Colorado’s water future—and participate in visioning activities
  • Build active connections with key stakeholders in the region and state 

Water Literate Leaders draws on the expertise of regional water leaders from such entities as:

  • Big Thompson Watershed Coalition
  • Cache la Poudre Water Users Association
  • Colorado Division of Water Resources
  • Colorado Parks and Wildlife
  • Colorado State University
  • City of Evans
  • City of Fort Collins
  • City of Greeley
  • City of Loveland
  • Ditch and Reservoir Companies
  • Ducks Unlimited
  • Larimer County
  • Local Area Chambers of Commerce
  • Northern Water
  • Rocky Mountain Flycasters
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Town of Wellington 
  • Town of Windsor
  • Tri-Districts
  • University of Northern Colorado
  • Weld County
  • and others!

Program Directors

Reagan Waskom and Julie Kallenberger co-direct the Water Literate Leaders program. They have worked together since 2008 convening divergent stakeholder groups to facilitate water policy conflict resolution and collaboration throughout Colorado.

Reagan Waskom serves as the Director of the Colorado Water Center and is a faculty member with the Department of Soil & Crop Sciences at CSU. Reagan has worked on various water related research and outreach programs for over 30 years, conducting statewide educational and applied research programs on water quality, quantity, and policy and natural resource issues related to water use. Reagan’s current teaching assignment includes GRAD592, Interdisciplinary Water Resources Graduate Seminar. In addition, he provides oversight for the CSU Extension Water Program and personnel. He is past president of the Colorado Water Congress and has served on the Board of Trustees of Water Education Colorado from 2002-2018.

Julie Kallenberger

Julie Kallenberger serves as the Associate Director of the Colorado Water Center. Julie’s primary work includes fostering interdisciplinary partnerships among CSU’s water community, engaging faculty and students in interdisciplinary research, education, and service activities, advising students enrolled in the Sustainable Water Interdisciplinary Minor, and facilitating the Poudre Runs Through It Study/Action Work Group. Julie currently serves on Water Education Colorado’s Board of Trustees, Poudre Heritage Alliance’s Board of Directors, and is a member of CSU’s Presidents Sustainability Commission.

Colorado Water Center at Colorado State University
Hach Center for Regional Engagement