Education and Research Opportunities
From Poudre River Resources
- This publication "brings together, for the first time, the many scattered writings on water's fascinating history in Colorado" including the Poudre River.
- January/February 2013 Colorado Water Newsletter
- This issue focuses on the history of water education in Colorado.
- This is a list of books and dissertations that concern the Poudre River.
- 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 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.
- • 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.
- • Finding Aid: North Poudre Irrigation Company Oral History Collection
- This collection consists of eleven oral histories from company officials, with transcripts, recorded from 1992-1994.
- • Finding Aid: Water Supply and Storage Company Collection
- The bulk of the collection was produced 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.
- • 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 studied and designed apparatuses to measure water flow through canals and diversion structures, investigated various irrigation projects, and conducted snow surveys.
- • Finding Aid: Local Water Resources History Collection
- The Local Water Resources History Collection is an aggregation of items acquired from several different sources. 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.
- • 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.
- Finding Aid: Cache La Poudre Oral History Project Collection
- This collection includes tapes and transcripts of oral histories discussing aspects of the Cache La Poudre River.
- CSU-run environmental education site located on the Cache la Poudre.
- Facility for interdisciplinary learning focusing on the history, science, economics, stewardship, and aesthetics of the Cache la Poudre.
- The Museum of Discovery was given a grant by the River Natural Heritage Area to assist in building a Water Zone exhibit, which explores the historic and contemporary effects of the river on Northern Colorado communities, including water rights, agriculture, recreation and more.
- This program through Colorado State University offers high-achieving high school students the opportunity to work with professors and graduate students from top-ranked departments and programs in sustainability.
- CSU-run water education facility on Spring Creek in Fort Collins.
- Cache la Poudre Middle School, in LaPorte, Colorado, holds a yearly event in which students study the river through science class as well as using the river as a reference point in a variety of other classes. This helps students to understand the importance of rivers in general, and the Poudre, which runs across part of the school property, specifically.
- River Week news article
- Multiple water education programs for elementary, middle, and high school.
- Program training private and public school teachers and students to collect and analyze water quality data.
- Summer field course at CSU’s Mountain Campus next to the Little South Fork of the Cache la Poudre.
- Students develop GIS analysis projects for the Cache la Poudre basin for the Fall 2013 semester.
- Historical perspective on events in the Cache la Poudre that shaped Colorado’s water law and policy.
If you are aware of any forthcoming research, we would be very interested in including that information in this section! Let us know or ask to become an editor (see About link below) to get that information added.