About the Norm Evans Endowment
The Dr. Norm Evans Endowment was started by Ken and Ruth Wright of Wright Water Engineers in honor of Norm Evans, director of the Colorado Water Institute (now the Colorado Water Center) from 1967 to 1988. The Evans Endowment sponsors an annual lecture on water management education and policy to be held by the institute in Evans’ name.
Evans, a graduate of civil engineering at CSU, was the longest running director of the institute over its 50 year history. Ken Wright notes that Evans was loyal and dedicated to the institute: “He was certainly a champion for water research planning and programming,” says Wright. “He related well to other water use organizations and also to local, state, and federal government. He was well thought of at the state legislature, where he represented CSU with dignity.”
After the Federal Water Quality Act of 1965, Evans was a founding member of Colorado’s commission to establish and apply water quality standards. He is also known for his commitment to public service and historical preservation; he was involved with the Poudre Landmarks Foundation and took part in the preservation of the Avery House and the 1883 City Water Works in Fort Collins.