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November 2020

Ben Gannon

Staff Spotlight

Ben Gannon, Research Associate, Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship; CoWC 2018 Water Research Team grantee

Our northern Colorado community is focused on the impacts of the Cameron Peak, East Troublesome, Mullen, and other 2020 wildfires. As concerns over the potential degradation of our water resources grow, some may wonder if the size and severity of these fires could have been mitigated. Ben Gannon studied the potential benefits of proactively reducing forest fuels and improving fire containment to mitigate wildfire risk to water supplies. “There is no silver bullet,” he says, addressing wildfire risk takes diverse strategies.

Read more about Ben Gannon and his wildfire risk analysis research.

Honoring Robert A. Longenbaugh 

November 27, 1935 – October 17, 2020

Faculty Spotlight

Robert A. Longenbaugh, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering, Colorado State University

Bob Longenbaugh‘s life work is deeply tied to the history of water research and education at Colorado State University. He graduated from CSU in 1957 and the same day he was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Air Force as a meteorologist. Bob returned to CSU for an MS degree in soil and water management. He then became tenured as faculty in Civil Engineering where he received awards and recognition for his research on water issues, irrigation, and work with farmers and politicians across the state and nation.

Read more about Bob and his legacy.


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In this issue…

June 2020

Features — Hydrology Days 2020

40th Annual AGU Hydrology Days Conference Presentations
pg. 2

Remembering Dr. Jorge A. Ramírez: Contributions to Hydrological Sciences and Engineering
By Jose D. Salas and Matthew C. Carney
pg. 3

Fresh Snow Density from the Fort Collins Colorado Meteorological Station and New Measurements
By Marcee Meinhardt and Steven R. Fassnacht
pg. 7

Options for Optimizing Limited On-Farm Irrigation in the Northern Great Plains
By Louise H. Comas, Sean M. Gleason, Thomas J. Trout, Jon Altenhofen, Huihui Zhang, Kendall C. DeJonge, and Kyle R. Douglas-Mankin
pg. 10

Comparing the Field-Level Profitability of Irrigated Cropping Activities for Temporary Water Leases
By Daniel Mooney, Joey Blumberg, and Timothy Kelley

Fort Collins’s Forgotten Flood
By Tristan Purdy
pg. 16

The Hydro-Social Implications of Water Metaphors in Poetry: Transmogrification Challenges in an Example from the Medieval Spanish Romancero
By Mackenzie C. Warden, Steven R. Fassnacht, and Jonathan E. Carlyon
pg. 18