Current Conference - University Council on Water Resources

Water in a Changing Environment

June 13-15, 2017

Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado











Gain exposure for your products and services by exhibiting at the conference.  Multiple sponsorship opporunities are also available. 


Online registration will be available in late February 2017.  

Cancellation/Refund Policy:  Cancellations must be submitted in writing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by May 19, 2017.  A refund, less a $50 cancellation fee, will be issued for cancellations received by May 19, 2017.  There are no refunds for cancellations after May 19, but someone may attend in your place (please contact the UCOWR headquarters at 618-536-7571 to make these arrangements).  NO refunds will given (at any time) for cancellation of the optional rafting field trip. 

Conference registration fees will be as follows:









There are two post-conference field trip options this year:  Cache La Poudre Heritage Tour and a Cache La Poudre White Water Rafting Trip.  Both will be held during the afternoon of Thursday, June 15, 2017. 


Learn more about our scheduled plenary speakers here


A room block is being held at the Hilton Fort Collins.  $149/night + tax. This is a 15 minute walk to the conference venue, the Lory Student Center on CSU's campus.

Dorm lodging is also available on CSU's campus.  Single rooms are $85/night and double rooms (you name your roommate) are $122/night. Dorm lodging includes breakfast and lunch each day of your stay.  The dorms are about a 1/2 mile walk to the Lory Student Center. 


A discount for shuttle service from Denver International Airport to Fort Collins is available through Green Ride. 



Contact the UCOWR home office -- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 618-536-7571. 



All presenters, please make sure to complete the Presenter Commitment Form and return to UCOWR by April 7, 2017.

Oral Session Presenters:  The preliminary conference program and presentation guidelines will be posted soon.

Poster Session Presenters:  Poster guidelines will be posted soon. The poster session will be Tuesday evening during the Welcome Reception.

The conference is being held at the Lory Student Center on the campus of Colorado State University (1101 Center Ave Mall, Fort Collins, CO 80521).

UCOWR has made arrangements for two special lodging options for conference participants:

Option 1:  Hilton Fort Collins - this is about a 15 minute (easy) walk to the conference venue, the Lory Student Center. (Directions HERE

  • Room rate (single or double):  $149 + tax
  • Wifi included
  • Room rate available 3 days pre- and post- contract dates
  • Reservations can be made ONLINE or by phone at 970-482-2626 (Group Name: Universities Council on Water Resources Annual Meeting, Group Code: AUC)

The deadline for making reservations at the group rate is Friday, May 19, 2017, or until filled.  On May 13, all rooms will be released to the general public and regular rates will go into effect.







Option 2:  Dorm Lodging at CSU's Academic Village - This reservation must be made at the time of your conference registration (online). 

From the dorms, there is a 1/2 mile walk to the conference venue, The Lory Student Center. Single and double rooms are available.  Check in is at 4:00 p.m. and check out is at 10:00 a.m.  Check in and out times are strictly enforced.  More about each dorm option is below. 

Single Suite:  Bed, desk & chair, wardrobe closet, 2-drawer dresser and private bathroom  

  • $85.00 per night
  • Room rate includes breakfast and lunch each day in a CSU Dining Hall and parking in designated lots.  You will be required to provide your license plate information at the time of check-in. 
  • Bed linen, a blanket and pillow and towels are provided. There will be a towel and linen exchange location if fresh ones are needed.  Toiletries should be brought by the guest.





Double Suite:  2 beds, desk & chair, wardrobe closet, two, 2-drawer dressers and private bathroom

  • $122.00 per night (You must enter your roommate's name when you register.) $122.00 is the total cost for a double room. Making arrangements to share the cost with your roommate is your responsibility.  
  • Room rate includes breakfast and lunch each day in a CSU Dining Hall and parking in designated lots.  You will be required to provide your license plate information at the time of check-in.  
  • Bed linen, a blanket and pillow and towels are provided. There will be a towel and linen exchange location if fresh ones are needed.  Toiletries should be brought by the guest.

From the Airport

The conference location, Fort Collins, Colorado, is about one-hour from Denver International Airport. Taxi and rental car service is available at the airport. If you prefer a shuttle service, conference participants can receive a discount with Green Ride - click here to make a reservation.

Follow these steps to receive the discount:

  • Choose Fort Collins, CO
  • Enter discount code CSUMAP in the 'frequent user login' box at the bottom of the screen
  • Click 'GO'
  • After the screen refreshes, proceed with booking the reservation.

Following those steps is the only way to apply the CSU discount to your reservation. 

You may also reserve by phone at (970) 226-5533.

Getting Around Fort Collins and Beyond

Fort Collins Bike Library: Fort Collins is easy to get around by bicycle due to its relatively flat topography, and accessible infrastructure (bike racks throughout the city, bike lanes and trails). Explore Fort Collins on two wheels with the bicycle sharing program.

Transfort/Flex Bus: Local and Regional Service and schedules

Bustang: Bustang connects commuters and travelers to and from Denver, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins, Vail, Glenwood Springs and more.

Thursday, June 15, 2017 -- 1:00-5:00 p.m.

The 1986 Congress designated the upper Cache La Poudre River as a Wild and Scenic River, located in the north central region of the state of Colorado. In 1996, Congress designated Cache la Poudre as a National Heritage Area due to its pivotal contribution in western water development, its influence on western water law, and its role in the evolution of complex water delivery systems. The Poudre has also played a critical role in regional economic development, including recreation, agriculture, urban needs, and the environment. The tour includes a visit to the Greeley History Museum, Poudre Learning Center and Fort Collins Heritage Park. While traveling among the sites, Heritage Culturalists of the Poudre Heritage Alliance will discuss water history associated with landscapes traversed and answer any questions. 

Travel between sites will be mostly by bus with two short walking segments.

UCOWR friends and families are welcome.  The tour limit is 48 people.

Please bring sunscreen, hat, comfortable shoes, and extra money in case you want to visit the Fort Collins Discovery Museum (fee is not included).

Registration Fee:  $20/person


12:30-12:55 p.m. Optional pre-tour CSU Water Resources Archive, Short Poudre River Video
1:00 p.m. Meet in front of the CSU Library to load bus
1:15-2:15 p.m. Drive (with Heritage Culturalists) to Greeley Museum
2:15-2:45 p.m. Water Exhibit at Greeley Museum
2:45-3:00 p.m. Load bus - Drive by Delph Carpenter house at Island Grove Regional Park
3:00-3:20 p.m. Continue to #3 Ditch Diversion Structure, west of Greeley
3:20-3:40 p.m. Walk from #3 Ditch Diversion to Poudre Learning Center
3:40-4:10 p.m. Drive from Poudre Learning Center to Coy/Power Plant Diversion Structure
4:10-4:45 p.m. Walk from Coy/Power Plant Diversion to Discovery Museum
4:45 p.m. End tour at the Discovery Museum and optional transport to CSU

Thursday, June 15, 2017 -- 2:15 - 7:00 p.m.

Enjoy a whitewater rafting trip down Colorado’s only designated Wild and Scenic River – The Cache La Poudre! This adventure offers a continuous 8-mile section of class II, III and IV rapids combined with views of steep Rocky Mountain canyons and insight from local rafting guides on the environmental history and ecology of the area for an unforgettable experience. June 15 falls within the river’s peak runoff season so rafters will truly experience the white water. This is a participatory activity, so come prepared to paddle and join in the fun!











Requirements and Supplementary Information

Participants will be required to sign a liability waiver (available for preview at

Rafters should bring ID, sunscreen, water bottle, wet suit (or rentals are available for $10), a towel, dry clothes for after the trip, and money for gift shop.

Due to safety reasons, children under the age of 13, pregnant women, or anyone with a pre-diagnosed heart condition will not be permitted to participate in this activity.

More details and FAQs about Mountain Whitewater Descents are available at

**Limited to 21 people.**



2:15 p.m. Meet in lobby of Ft. Collins Hilton
3:00 p.m. Arrive at Mountain Whitewater Descents. 
  Raft trip will be 1.5-2 hours, depending on flow.
6:00-6:30 p.m. Return to MWD
7:00 p.m. Return to Hilton

Gain exposure for your products and services by exhibiting at our annual conference!  If exhibiting isn't for you, we have multiple sponsorship opportunities available, too. 

Why exhibit?

UCOWR members want the products you develop:

  • The latest in water education literature and software
  • Technology and tools for water resource research
  • Published texts in water resources research, policy, and development
  • Connections with publishers and/or industry leaders who can help them share their own research and expertise

Who attends?

  • University-affiliated researchers, educators, and extension professionals (75%)
  • Federal, state, and local government agencies (15%)
  • Professional organizations, non-profits, consulting and industry professionals (10%)

Access to market audience - The exhibit area is ideally located in the gathering space where all conference posters are displayed and presented and where every refreshment break takes places.  Advertising opportunities within the final program and conference registartion packets are also available.

Exhibit Details

Registration Fee:  $750 - Includes a 6-ft draped table, one complimentary registration, additional registrations for discounted price of $250 (optional), break refreshments, and attendee registration list.


Monday, June 12, 2017 Set-up 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 Exhibit Hours 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 Exhibit Hours 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 15, 2017 Exhibit Hours 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 15, 2017 Break-down 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.







Awards Banquet:  $10,000  

  • Recognition in banquet title
  • Full-page, inner cover ad with logo in conference and Awards Banquet programs
  • Logo and website link on UCOWR conference website
  • Marketing materials (provided by sponsor) placed in registrant packets
  • Your literature displayed in registration area
  • Banner promoting your organization on display throughout conference (UCOWR will provide)
  • Two complimentary conference registrations 

Welcome Reception:  $5,000 

  • Recognition in reception name
  • Full page ad with logo in conference program
  • Logo and website link on UCOWR conference website
  • Your literature displayed in registration area
  • Sponsorship on display during reception
  • One complimentary conference registration

Breakfast:  $3,000 

  • Sponsorship on display during conference breakfasts
  • Half page ad in conference program
  • Logo and website link on UCOWR conference website
  • Materials displayed on sponsor literature talbe
  • One complimentary conference registration

Refreshment Breaks:  $2,000 

  • Organization name and logo on cups (provided by sponsor) used at all five breaks
  • Sponsorship on display during refreshment breaks
  • Logo in conference program and on UCOWR conference website

Lanyards:  $1,500

  • Lanyards (provided by sponsor) for name tags of 350 attendees provide opportunity for name exposure
  • Logo in conference program and on UCOWR conference website

Student Presentation Awards:  $1,000

  • Sponsorship recognized during Awards Banquet 
  • Logo in conference program and on UCOWR conference website

Author Session Luncheon:  $1,000

  • Sponsorship recognized during lunch discussion session with invited guest authors
  • Logo in conference program and logo on UCOWR conference website



Questions?  Contact the UCOWR office 618-536-7571 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


  • Mail registration form (links above) and payment to address on the form; OR
  • Fax form with credit card information to 618-453-2671; OR
  • Call UCOWR (618-536-7571) to pay with a credit card over the phone.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Anne Castle - Senior Fellow, Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy, and the Environment at the University of Colorado

Anne Castle is a senior fellow at the Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy, and the Environment at the University of Colorado, focusing on western water issues.  From 2009 to 2014, she was Assistant Secretary for Water and Science at the U.S. Department of the Interior where she oversaw water and science policy for the Department and had responsibility for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Geological Survey.

While at Interior, Castle spearheaded the Department’s WaterSMART program, which although not an entirely original name despite best intentions and multiple trademark searches, provides federal leadership on the path toward sustainable water supplies.  She was the driving force behind the 2010 federal MOU addressing sustainable hydropower, the largest, least respected, and most vilified form of renewable energy in the country.  Castle also instituted the federal Open Water Data Initiative in an attempt to make the fragmented world of water data more integrated and accessible.

As a counterbalance to the somewhat old school and traditional culture of water management, she entered the arena of space policy and was a champion for the USGS LandsatProgram, the nation’s longest sequential moderate-resolution satellite imaging system.  She joined the cadre of victims of Landsat love, populated by earth scientists, western water managers, and Google Earth aficionados. Castle also provided hands-on leadership on Colorado River issues and was the Chair of the Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Work Group and a champion of Minute 319 between the US and Mexico.The fact that the Colorado River descended further and further into drought during her tenure is generally believed not to be her fault.

Castle is a recovering lawyer, having practiced water law for 28 years with the Rocky Mountain law firm of Holland & Hart.  She was the Landreth Visiting Fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment for the Spring 2015 quarter, and is now working with the Getches-Wilkinson Center on projects relating to implementation of the State of Colorado’s Water Plan and Colorado River management policy.  She received a Bachelor of Science degree in applied mathematics, with honors, from the University of Colorado, College of Engineering, in 1973, primarily to demonstrate to her father that girls could be good at math.  Her J.D. in 1981 was also from the University of Colorado, qualifying her as a Double Buff.

Eric Kuhn - General Manager, Colorado River District

Eric is the General Manager of the Colorado River District, a position he has held since 1996. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from the University of New Mexico and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University in California.

Prior to working for the Colorado River District, he served as an engineer officer aboard nuclear submarines in the U.S. Navy and worked as start-up engineer for Bechtel Power Corp.
Eric started employment with the Colorado River District in 1981 as Assistant Secretary-Engineer.  He has served on the Engineering Advisory Committee of the Upper Colorado River Compact Commission since 1981.
From 1994-2001, he served on the Colorado Water Conservation Board representing the Colorado River mainstem. In 2006, Eric was appointed by Governor Owens as an at-large representative on the Colorado Interbasin Compact Committee, a position he continues to hold.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Authors' Lunch Session Speakers (Wednesday, 6/14/17 - box lunch included)
Dr. William M. Alley and Rosemarie Alley
Dr. William M. Alley and Rosemarie Alley are a scientist/nonscientist team writing for the general public on environmental and Earth Science issues confronting society. Dr. Alley was Chief, Office of Groundwater for the U.S. Geological Survey for almost two decades and is currently Director of Science and Technology for the National Ground Water Association.  Rosemarie Alley is a freelance writer. Their latest book is “High and Dry: Meeting the Challenges of the World’s Growing Dependence on Groundwater.” They previously published “Too Hot to Touch” on the science, history and politics of nuclear waste.
 Dr. John Fleck
John Fleck is Professor of Practice in Water Policy and Governance in the University of New Mexico Department of Economics and director of the university’s Water Resources Program, where he co-teaches classes in contemporary water policy issues, modeling, and technical communication for water managers. A science journalist with 30 years of newspaper experience, he first wrote about water in the 1980s as a beat reporter covering the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. He is the author of the book Water is for Fighting Over and Other Myths About Water in the West, an exploration of solutions to the Colorado River Basin’s water problems, published by Island Press.

Fort Collins

Downtown Fort Collins: Calendar of Events - Check the calendar periodically for new 2017 activities and events.

  • Noontime Notes: An intimate lunch-time concert series in Oak Street Plaza with live small-scale music performances. These weekly concerts begin the first Tuesday in June and continue on consecutive Tuesdays through the second week of August. Free and open to the public.

Old Town: Old Town Fort Collins is lined with local boutiques, cafes, antique shops, retail stores, and candy and confectionery shops. There are a variety of restaurants (more than 84) serving dishes for every taste.

The Shops at Foothills Mall: Pedestrian and car-friendly streets flanked by shops, restaurants, a state-of-the-art theater and communal green open spaces.

Magic Bus Tours: Offering brewery, ghost, historic, and farm to table tours, learn about the best Fort Collins has to offer!

  • Brewery Tour: taste and tour with the best breweries in town! Every tour visits three local breweries on a rotating schedule.

Microbreweries: Fort Collins is nationally known for our growing number of microbreweries. Check out one or two of the brew houses in Fort Collins and neighboring Loveland and Windsor and stop in for a tour, sampling and great eats at some accompanying restaurants.

Wineries and Distilleries: Visit our local distilleries for fresh batches of Whiskey, Vodka and everything in between. Or, sip and swirl at a local winery where you can enjoy tasting while learning about viniculture, or relax with a glass overlooking the foothills.

Horsetooth Reservoir: Just west of town, Horsetooth Reservoir provides opportunities for boating, paddleboarding, picnicking, swimming, and more.

Natural Areas: In addition to trails and self guided tours of the local natural areas, the City of Fort Collins offers educational programs and activities year-round. Use Engage Fort Collins to check the calendar of events and register for activities.

Lory State Park: Enjoy mountain biking, hiking, and horseback riding amid some fabulous foothills scenery just minutes from Fort Collins and adjacent to Horsetooth Reservoir.

Recreational Bike Trails and Parks: Fort Collins has a number of trails for bicycling, running, or walking.

Arts and Culture: Fort Collins has a thriving arts and culture scene. Check out art galleries, theatre, cooperatives, and museums.

Lincoln Center: The Lincoln Center hosts theater and music performances as well as art shows and other special events.

Fort Collins Museum of Discovery: The museum creates meaningful opportunities to learn, reflect, and have fun through hands-on and collections-based explorations in science and culture.

Fort Fun: Indoor and outdoor activities for the whole family include: 2 Beautiful Mini-Golf Courses, ¼ Mile, Go-Kart Track, Multi-level, Laser Tag Arena, Indoor Bumper Cars, Video Arcade, Batting Cages, Giant Slide, Adventure Train, Bumper Boats, Paddle Boats in Blue Heron Lake, B’loon Blast, and an Outpost Shooting Gallery.

Chamber of Commerce

Boulder Area

Pearl Street: Popular pedestrian mall with shops, restaurants, and music venues.

Chautauqua Park/The Flatirons: Chautauqua Park provides hiking right on the edge of town, including trails through the Flatirons rock formation.

Celestial Seasonings Tea Tour: After a short video introduction, visitors enjoy a 30-minute walking tour through the Celestial Seasonings tea factory.

Denver Area

16th Street Mall: Pedestrian mall with shops, restaurants, and a movie theater.

Colorado Rockies Major League Baseball: Watch a Rockies game at Coors Field. Stadium tours also available.

Museums: Denver is home to many well-known museums. Here are just a few.

Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park: Thrilling rides. Entertaining shows. Refreshing water slides. Two parks for the price of one await you at Colorado’s coaster capital, Elitch Gardens!

Water World: One of America's largest family water parks is located just 15 minutes north of downtown Denver, Colorado, on 64 beautifully landscaped acres.

Loveland Area: Just south of Fort Collins, Loveland has a vibrant art scene, especially sculpture.

Benson Sculpture Garden: There are 154 pieces of sculpture on permanent display by world renowned artists. This 10-acre park includes handicap accessible sidewalks, a public restroom and several picnic areas.

The Promenade Shops at Centerra: Enjoy a walk through the Shapungu sculpture garden, an open air shopping Promenade and a selection of fine and casual dining.

Greater Northern Colorado

Mishawaka - Bellvue, Colorado: Mishawaka is a legendary music venue, restaurant and bar located in the stunning Poudre Canyon in Bellvue, CO. ‘The Mish’ can be found 13.7 miles up the Poudre Canyon Highway (CO 14). The Highway begins approximately 10 miles northwest of Fort Collins.

Rocky Mountain National Park - Estes Park, CO: See breathtaking views from Trail Ridge Road and explore Rocky Mountain National Park’s many hiking trails. (Note: Highway 34 may be closed; increasing traffic to the park can be heavy in the summer, so plan ahead.)

Budweiser Brewery Experience (submit your DOB to enter the website)

Coors Golden Brewery Tour - Golden, CO (submit your DOB to enter the website)

Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre - Morrison, CO: Red Rocks offers a variety of recreation options from guided tours, hiking, biking, shopping, dining and a summer concert series. Whatever your pleasure, enjoy discovering Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre!