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Water Tables 2011: Dinner and dialogue

February 10, 2011

The service is elegant... the ambiance is casual. Join a unique and friendly mix of community members, environmentalists, academics, legal experts, and engineers at Colorado State's 2011 Water Tables. The 'soiree' includes a reception, a tour of the Water Resources Archive at the Morgan Library, a gourmet meal, and an engaging dialogue with your table host about issues related to water today.

This year's theme, <em>Western water law: Adapting to our changing needs? </em>promises to be livelier than ever.Saturday, Feb. 19
5-9 p.m.
Morgan Library

Water experts/facilitators

Colorado State University Libraries will host Water Tables 2011, its annual fundraiser to benefit the Water Resources Archive at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19. The event starts with a reception and tours of the Archive in Colorado State’s Morgan Library before moving to the Lory Student Center Main Ballroom for dinner.

The theme of this year’s event is “Western water law: Adapting to our changing needs?” Twenty-one water experts, including one international and two out-of-state guests, will host tables discussing relevant topics while a gourmet meal is served.

Preserving our water history

The benefit, now in its sixth year, attracted 200 guests from across the state and raised more than $35,000 for the Water Resources Archive in 2010. The Archive preserves materials critical for documenting the state’s water history.

The Archive exhibit, Achieving a Lasting Peace? Reflecting on Conflicts, Courts and Compacts, will feature Arkansas River water law and litigation from the past 110 years, the Kansas vs. Colorado Supreme Court case, the Arkansas River Compact and other related issues. And new this year — water-related books from seven authors will be available for sale, with five authors signing at the reception.

Table topics

  • Can we conserve our way out of future water scarcity?
  • Recreational water demands: Testing the adaptability of Colorado water law
  • Australian water reform: what’s in it for U.S.?
  • Negotiating the Platte River Habitat Recovery Program
  • Shared vision planning: Engaging diverse interests in decision making
  • Innovation, integration, and infrastructure: Addressing Colorado’s future water needs

Fishing at the turn of the century. From the papers of Delph E. Carpenter and Family, Water Resources Archive. Table hosts

See a complete list of this year's table hosts at the Water Tables website.  


Tickets for the event are $125 per person. Proceeds will support the Water Resources Archive, working to preserve, promote and make available records of Colorado’s water history. 

Please make your reservations online  or call (970) 491-1833.

Reservations will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis; limited seating is available. For more information about the event contact Jane Barber at (970) 491-5712 or

Gold sponsors

Gold sponsors include CDM, Produced Water Development LLC, Stewart Environmental Consultants Inc., and the Colorado Water Conservation Board.

Silver sponsors

Silver sponsors include AECOM, Applegate Group Inc., Aurora Water, Ayres Associates, The Cache La Poudre Water Users Association, Colorado River Water Conservation District, Fischer Brown Bartlett & Gunn PC, Leonard Rice Engineers Inc., Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District, Regenesis Management Group LLC, Rio Grande Water Conservancy District, Rubicon Systems America Inc., Dr. and Mrs. Robert Ward, and White & Jankowski LLP.

Bronze sponsors

Bronze sponsors include Aqua Engineering Inc., Bratton Hill Wilderson & Lock LLC, Clear Water Solutions Inc., Colorado Corn, Deep Rock Water, Deer and Ault Consultants, Inc., Hilton Fort Collins, Lawrence Jones Custer Grasmick LLP, The New Cache La Poudre Irrigating Company & The Cache La Poudre Reservoir Company, Odell Brewing Company, and Wright Water Engineers Inc.

Contact: Jane Barber
Phone: 491-5712