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This page contains information that has been collected and researched by the Colorado State University community. These data and the Archive are open to public researchers unless otherwise stated.

CSU Water Resources Archive

Colorado State University has an extensive Water Resources Archive housed in Morgan Library on the main Fort Collins campus. You can find more information through this link, with more specific links listed below. Use these finding aids to figure out what historical resources you would like to see, then come visit!
Finding Aid: Poudre River Trust
The Poudre River Trust was established in 1984 to guide development and activity along the Poudre River corridor. The organization has been active in promoting the river's recreational amenities, historical significance, fish and wildlife habitat, and mixed-use development along the Fort Collins riverfront. The trust has also collaborated with a wide range of local and national agencies, government and private, to bring attention to the river's historic heritage and to establish plans for its overall use and development. Collection materials include agendas, articles, brochures, clippings, correspondence, minutes, reports, maps, photographs and audio/visual materials.
Finding Aid: Friends of the Poudre
Friends of the Poudre, like its predecessor Preserve Our Poudre, is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the Cache la Poudre River and prevention of large dam projects in Poudre Canyon. Preserve Our Poudre (1980-1986) generated local support for designating the upper portion of the Poudre a Wild and Scenic River. Friends of the Poudre formed in 1986 to oppose the Grey Mountain Reservoir project and enhance the Poudre River's recreational, historic, and educational values. Materials include administrative files, reports, brochures, newsletters, correspondence, newsclippings, bumper stickers, and t-shirts related to ordinary operations, grassroots activism, and legislation.
Finding Aid: North Poudre Irrigation Company Oral History Collection
The North Poudre Irrigation Company has supplied water in northern Colorado for over one hundred years. Incorporated in 1901, the company founded the sugar-beet farming community of Wellington in 1903 and currently manages more than 22 storage reservoirs and approximately 200 miles of ditches. This collection consists of eleven oral histories from company officials, without transcripts, recorded from 1992-1994 as part of a contracted project to manage the current and historic records of the NPIC. It reflects the history of this local irrigation enterprise and the evolution of agricultural and municipal water use in northern Colorado.
Finding Aid: Water Supply and Storage Company Collection
The Water Supply and Storage Company (WSSC) was incorporated in 1891 to serve irrigators in the Cache la Poudre valley. In 1986, the city of Thornton purchased substantial stock in the company, which has subsequently provided water for both municipal and agricultural purposes. The bulk of the collection was produced during a records management project conducted on the company's behalf between 1981 and 2000, and includes oral history audiotapes, transcripts, company histories and timelines, system maps and one photograph.
Finding Aid: Papers of Gregory J. Hobbs, Jr.
A leading expert on Colorado water law, Colorado Supreme Court Justice Gregory J. Hobbs, Jr. (b. 1944), practiced environmental, land use, transportation, and water law for more than two decades before his appointment to the bench in 1996. The collection documents Justice Hobbs' legal work during private practice and on the court, along with his professional publications, presentations, and service activities. Subjects covered beyond environmental and water law include the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District. Predominant material types are correspondence, reports, publications, clippings, meeting minutes, photographs, videos, audiotapes, computer media, and artifacts.
Finding Aid: Irrigation Research Papers
In 1911, the Irrigation Investigations Unit of the U.S. Department of Agriculture was established in Fort Collins in conjunction with Colorado Agricultural College (now Colorado State University). Scientists within the unit, including Ralph Parshall, Carl Rohwer, Victor M. Cone, and William E. Code, conducted irrigation-related research at the college and at a field laboratory on the Poudre River in Bellvue, Colorado. They studied and designed apparatuses to measure water flow through canals and diversion structures, investigated various irrigation projects, and conducted snow surveys. Materials include letters, data, field books, drafts, reports, blueprints, maps, conference materials, photographs, and negatives.
Finding Aid: Local Water Resources History Collection
The Local Water Resources History Collection is an aggregation of items acquired from several different sources. Combining a wide range of materials including maps, blueprints, brochures, programs, posters, reports, photographs, newsletters, audiotapes, CDs, and DVDs, the collection touches on various topics related to Colorado water issues, people, and organizations. Topics include ditches and irrigation systems, as well as various rivers and reservoirs. For the Cache la Poudre River, specifically, information can be found in Box 2, folders 4 and 5; posters in Drawer 1, folder 5; visual materials in Box 3, folders 3 and 7.

CSU Archives & Special Collections

Records of the Cache la Poudre River History and Culture Oral History Project
Pioneer School, an expeditionary learning academy (now Polaris Expeditionary Learning School) embarked on an oral history project from 2005 to 2006. Noting a gap in oral histories of myriad people with connections to the Poudre River, teacher Matt Strand created an assignment for his seventh and eighth grade students to conduct oral history interviews. The 36 citizens interviewed included water commissioners, members of historic families, activists, farmers, and recreation specialists. The collection consists of audiotapes and spiral-bound interviews.

Courses Available at Colorado State University that Utilize the Cache La Poudre River

• GEOL121: Introductory Geology Laboratory

Laboratory exercises on groundwater-surface water interactions at Spring Creek.

• GEOL150: Physical Geology

Laboratory exercises along the Cache la Poudre at Gateway Natural Area.

• NR220: Natural Resource Ecology and Measurements

Summer field course at CSU’s Mountain Campus next to the Little South Fork of the Cache la Poudre.
More about CSU Mountain Campus and NR220

• WR304: Sustainable Watersheds\

Course assignments based in the Cache la Poudre basin, including watershed mapping, discharge analysis, and field visits to evaluate reach condition.
WR304 Class Syllabus

• WR416: Land Use Hydrology

Course assignments on evapotranspiration, snowmelt, and water balance in the Cache la Poudre basin.
WR416 Class Syllabus

• WR417: Watershed Measurements

Laboratory exercises in the Little South Fork Cache la Poudre and other hydrologic measurements in the lower basin.

• GEOL454: Geomorphology

Student research projects on the Cache la Poudre River.

• GEOL452: Hydrogeology

Laboratory exercises at Spring Creek and Gateway Natural Area on the Cache la Poudre.

• NR420: Integrated Ecosystem Management

Addresses natural resource issues and challenges within the Cache la Poudre basin.

•NR505: Concepts in GIS

Students develop GIS analysis projects for the Cache la Poudre basin for the Fall 2013 semester.
More Information on NR505

• OSHR 1643: The Cache la Poudre River in Colorado’s Colorful Water History

Historical perspective on events in the Cache la Poudre that shaped Colorado’s water law and policy.
More Information on OSHR 1643
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