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Information. Relationships. Dialogue.

Water touches everything. Our region’s agriculture, recreation, economy, ecological health, and vitality all rely on resilient supply and sustainable use of our water resources. As an interdisciplinary information hub, the Four Corners Water Center builds relationships and creates dialogue to address the challenging water issues we face in the southwest.

Learn about water issues in the Southwest through community forums and lectures. Take part in interdisciplinary courses and campus projects relating to water. Get involved in student-community collaborations. Be a leader in creating internships and careers to address concerns about water and our future.

What's Happening in Water at FLC


Western Colorado University invites the water leaders of today and tomorrow to participate! Join at

Event runs Thursday, May 21 12 - 5 p.m. & Friday, May 22, 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020, 12:00 PM

Public forum to provide important updates on the River District, West Slope water and big river issues featuring Colorado River District Manager Andy Mueller and Colorado State Climatologist Russ Schumacher. On Zoom. Details forthcoming at

5th Annual Animas and San Juan Watersheds Conference
Monday, June 15, 2020, 12:00 AM

Hosted by the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute. Share new research and monitoring updates on the Animas and San Juan watersheds. Submit an abstract or register.

Thursday, June 18, 2020, 12:00 AM

Hear updates from SGM on the Watershed Restoration Project and other partners about ongoing projects.  Save the date and more details coming soon (online, platform & time TBD).



Women in Water Scholarship

Apply for the Women in Water Scholarship before July 1 for a chance to receive funding to support your studies in western water resources. The Women in Water Scholarship is an annual $5,000 gift awarded to a woman pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in any facet of Western water resources. To learn more, visit

Geo-Hydro Teen Tuesdays

Bridge to Bachelor's Degree program logoGeo-Hydro Teen Tuesdays is open to teens from across the Upper Colorado River Basin, and structured like a club/class for high school teens ages 14-18. It meets weekly through the summer.

Explore the science and geography of your watershed through engaging activities, simulations, citizen science projects, geography experts, deliberations, and more. Meet weekly with fellow teens to learn, discuss, and explore current watershed science and geography topics. Session 1 topics include hydrological cycle, energy budget, climate change, land use, and river science. Session 2 topics include: watersheds, mapping, Colorado River issues, snow and mountain water supply, water law, and watershed management. This program is a valuable prelude to the Fall 2020 new Watershed Civic Project Course (virtual course) and presenting at the 2020 Healthy Rivers Youth Water Summit.  $460/session or $850 for both. Register at

2020 Water Fluency Program

The 2020 Water Fluency Program is coming to southwest Colorado and is now partially virtual! Register now to claim one of the last remaining spots.

This year, Water Education Colorado is bringing the program to the southwest for the first time, with a combination of a virtual session on June 23 and 24 and in-person session on September 2 and 3 in either Durango or Cortez. 

The class capacity is 35 and there are only a few spots left. Register today to secure your spot.

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Water in the Southwest is a critical issue to all who make this beautiful place home. Whether you're a community member or student, your engagement in these important questions is vital to our future.

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FCWC staff

Gigi Richard, Ph.D.

FCWC Director & Geosciences Instructor

Reed Library, Room 73

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