OSHR 1611 - Whiskey’s For Drinking; Water Is For Fighting - How Colorado Citizens Have Organized Their Water Commonwealth

  • Noncredit
  • Fort Collins

This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.

How does water get to your tap? People must organize themselves for self-governance to capture, deliver, and use water.

This course will describe how citizens have organized to operate their irrigation systems, obtain water for their cities, organize their groundwater wells in conjunction with surface supplies, resolve their conflicts, and confront issues of economic growth in an arid environment. Outcomes of conflicts have led to a system of citizen self-governance.

Reading: Solomon, Steven. Water: The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power, and Civilization. Harper Collins, 2010, ISBN: 978- 0-06-054830-8

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.