Colorado Water History
Moments that Matter: Innovative Water Research at Colorado State University
Since its founding in 1870, the future of Colorado State University was shaped by the innovative water resources research and education programs. Groundbreaking programs offered at CSU allowed research facilities to grow and adapt, which stimulated more programs and faculty to join and expand research even further. This cycle of growth created a surge of progress and education that inspired the entire campus.
Key moments over the first 100 years reflect the goals of the institution and its desire for advanced research and education. The water programs within Civil Engineering, along with those created in other departments, echo the importance of water research across the globe. These programs needed advanced laboratories to further experiments and research for not only the university, but outside contracts as well.
From unique programs to energetic faculty and students, water research in several departments led the university in scientific research. Because of this work, the university gained funding, contracts, research recognition, and an increase in specialized faculty. These efforts, along with support from the university president, and advancements in different colleges, enabled CSU to become a Carnegie Classified Research I Institution in 1976, the highest classification for a university.