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Colorado Water History: A Bibliography

This publication "brings together, for the first time, the many scattered writings on water's fascinating history in Colorado" including the Poudre River.

Colorado Water Newsletter

January/February 2013 Colorado Water Newsletter
This issue focuses on the history of water education in Colorado.

Poudre River Bibliography

This is a list of books and dissertations that concern the Poudre River.

Archival Collections

Colorado State University, 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 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.

Colorado State University, 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.

University of Northern Colorado Libraries, Archival Services

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.

Family-friendly/Multi-age Programs

Environmental Learning Center

CSU-run environmental education site located on the Cache la Poudre.

Poudre Learning Center

Facility for interdisciplinary learning focusing on the history, science, economics, stewardship, and aesthetics of the Cache la Poudre.

Fort Collins Museum of Discovery

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.

K-12 Programs

Pre-college Summer Sustainability Program

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.

GetWET Observatory

CSU-run water education facility on Spring Creek in Fort Collins.

Cache la Poudre Middle School - River Week

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

City of Fort Collins Utilities Youth education program

Multiple water education programs for elementary, middle, and high school.

Colorado River Watch

Program training private and public school teachers and students to collect and analyze water quality data.

College Courses

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.

NR505: Concepts in GIS

Students develop GIS analysis projects for the Cache la Poudre basin for the Fall 2013 semester.

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.

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.

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