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Water Resources Seminar

November 9, 2012

The topic is 'Spanning boundaries across the Colorado River basin: A geospatial analysis of agricultural water governance.'

Melinda Laituri and Faith Steinlieb.Monday, November 12
4-5 p.m.
Natural Resources Building
Room 109

Speaker Melinda Laituri is a professor in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability. Her research focuses on water resources, geographic information science applications, disasters, and environmental equity.

Melinda Laituri received her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona in geography. Her dissertation research focused on environmental equity and groundwater resources in the American Southwest and the US-Mexico border. Her other degrees are in Hydrology (M.A., California State University, 1985) and Geography (B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1979).

Laituri accepted a post doc at the University of Auckland, New Zealand where she then served as a lecturer in a tenure track position for three years. She is a Fulbright Scholar and a Rachel Carson Fellow. Dr. Laituri is the director of the Geospatial Centroid @ CSU ( that provides information about GIS activities, education, and outreach at CSU and in Colorado.

Graduate student speaker Faith Sternlieb is a Ph.D. candidate of earth sciences with a specialty in watershed sciences and policy and a research associate at the Colorado Water Institute at Colorado State University (CSU).

She received a B.A. in cultural anthropology and languages in Latin America from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a Masters of Agriculture at CSU through the Peace Corps Masters International Program where she was a volunteer in Palau, Micronesia.

At CSU, she is an active member of the Environmental Governance Work Group and a Global Sustainability Leadership Fellow with the School of Global Environmental Sustainability. At the Colorado Water Institute and for her dissertation, Sternlieb is working on a collaborative project with seven land grant universities of the Colorado River Basin (CRB) entitled, "Addressing Water for Agricultural in the CRB."


Laituri and Sternlieb's topic is "Spanning boundaries across the Colorado River basin: A geospatial analysis of agricultural water governance.”

Expansion of productive agriculture in the Western U.S. necessitated the movement of water across watershed and organizational boundaries resulting in large-scale water projects and multifaceted policies.

Irrigated agriculture is an important land and water use in the Colorado River Basin (CRB) where water resource development has created complex water-sharing arrangements.

With specific focus on the CRB, this presentation will demonstrate the changing nature and intersection between geographic, water policy, and organizational boundaries with a mixed methods approach including coding for formal (policies) and informal (interviews) arrangements and conducting a boundary analysis in a geospatial platform.

If you have any questions please contact Reagan Waskom at The lecture is also available on the CWI website.

Sponsored by CSU Water Center & School of Global Environmental Sustainability.

Contact: Nancy Grice
Phone: (970) 491-6724