Cultivating the next generation of water leaders

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 Resources 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

Community events

Burned, Buried and Flooded: Water Resources Excitement in Southwest Colorado

Friday, September 13, 2019
8am - 4pm
Student Union Ballroom, Fort Lewis College
Fall Water Forum, co-hosted by SGM and the Four Corners Water Resources Center. FLC students and faculty attend for free, lunch is only $10. Student scholarships are available. Email Gigi Richard for more information.


General registration | Student/faculty/staff
Download the schedule from SGM

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John Wesley Powell’s Vision of the West and the Colorado River Then and Now

With Justice Gregory Hobbs
Friday, September 20, 2019
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Lyceum Room #120, Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College.

No registration required. This event is free to the public. Read more about Justice Gregory Hobbs and his presentation at Colorado Humanities.

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Water Conservation and Environmental Law in the Colorado West

With Justice Gregory Hobbs
Thursday, September 19, 2019
7pm - 8:30pm
130 Noble Hall, Fort Lewis College
Part of the FLC Life-long Learning lecture series, co-sponsored by Trout Unlimited and Center of Southwest Studies

No registration required. This event is free to the public. Read more about Justics Hobbs and his presentation at Colorado Humanities.

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Water Law in a Nutshell

Monday, October 28, 2019
8am - 5pm
Vallecito Room, Student Union, Fort Lewis College

  • Full-day course on Colorado water law taught by Colorado water attorney Aaron Clay
  • Continuing education credits available for realtors and attorneys.
  • Co-hosted by the Water Information Program and the Four Corners Water Resources Center

Register online at Water Information Program.

For students

Annual Colorado Student Water Field Conference

September 20-22, 2019
Winter Park, Colorado
$20 per student | email Nona Shipman to register:

Download the conference poster

The 4CWRC will take a van for FLC students to attend. Email Gigi Richard for more info.

What makes this watershed healthy?
Includes speakers from Trout Unlimited, Grand County, and the Headwaters Center. Tour the Headwaters Center’s brand-new ecological center, take a guided educational hike along the Fraser River, ride the Winter Park gondola and take in the spectacular watershed views with local environmental professionals , and so much more. Get curious and get answers about watershed health with your peers from across the state in an open and supportive environment.

Take action on Colorado's water issues

Learn more about Colorado water and engage in the statewide dialogue about our water resources. Apply for a scholarship to attend the Statewide Summit of Colorado's 9 Basin Roundtables September 25-26 in Winter Park! The Colorado Water Conservation Board and Southwest Roundtable will fund two FLC students to attend the summit. Email Gigi Richard for more info and to apply for the scholarship by September 10th.

Connect with us

Gigi Richard
Director, Four Corners Water Resources Center
Instructor, Geosciences

Reed Library, Room 73

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