The Water Oral Histories Collection consists of interviews and reminiscences covering the work of some of Colorado's distinguished civil engineers, irrigators, and water leaders. Subjects include Northern Colorado's irrigation history, irrigation engineering and research in Colorado, large water storage projects, groundwater issues, and the personal and professional lives of some of Colorado's water leaders. For more information see the finding aid.

The collection, with materials dated 1986 to 2020, is presented here in its entirety.

Recent Submissions

  • Jones, Andy - excerpt: legal groundwater definitions and Denver Basin groundwater management 

    Author(s):Jones, P. Andrew; Groo, Hailey
    Date Recorded:2020-09-14
    Format:born digital; digital moving image formats; transcripts; oral histories (literary works)
    Excerpt of Andy Jones, a Colorado water attorney, explaining legal groundwater definitions and Denver Basin groundwater management.
  • Shimmin, Mike - excerpt: legislative history of Colorado groundwater 

    Author(s):Shimmin, Mike; Groo, Hailey
    Date Recorded:2020-08-31
    Format:born digital; digital moving image formats; transcripts; oral histories (literary works)
    Excerpt of Mike Shimmin, a retired Colorado water attorney, explaining the legislative history of Colorado groundwater.
  • Eckhardt, Frank, Jr., and Herman, Gary 

    Author(s):Eckhardt, Frank, Jr.; Herman, Gary; Groo, Hailey
    Date Recorded:2020-12-29
    Format:born digital; digital moving image formats; transcripts; oral histories (literary works)
    Frank Eckhardt, Jr., and Gary Herman, both farmers and board members of the Central Colorado Water Conservancy District, jointly discuss their backgrounds and experiences in relation to groundwater. They describe the impact ...
  • Jones, Andy 

    Author(s):Jones, P. Andrew; Groo, Hailey
    Date Recorded:2020-09-14
    Format:born digital; digital moving image formats; transcripts; oral histories (literary works)
    Andy Jones, a Colorado water attorney, describes his background and experience with groundwater law in particular. He talks about the 2002 Well Augmentation Subdistrict of the Central Colorado Water Conservancy District ...
  • Shimmin, Mike 

    Author(s):Shimmin, Mike; Groo, Hailey
    Date Recorded:2020-08-31
    Format:born digital; digital moving image formats; transcripts; oral histories (literary works)
    Mike Shimmin, a retired Colorado water attorney, describes his background and experience with groundwater law in particular. He talks about the historical background of several pieces of state water legislation, with ...
  • Paschke, Suzanne 

    Author(s):Paschke, S. S. (Suzanne Smith); Groo, Hailey
    Date Recorded:2020-12-30
    Format:born digital; digital moving image formats; transcripts; oral histories (literary works)
    Suzanne Paschke, Associate Director for Hydrologic Studies for the U.S. Geological Survey at the Colorado Water Science Center, talks in depth about the Denver Basin Aquifer system.
  • Paschke, Suzanne 

    Author(s):Paschke, S. S. (Suzanne Smith); Groo, Hailey
    Date Recorded:2020-07-22
    Format:born digital; digital moving image formats; transcripts; oral histories (literary works)
    Suzanne Paschke, Associate Director for Hydrologic Studies for the U.S. Geological Survey at the Colorado Water Science Center, talks about her background and career. She discusses her research on groundwater availability ...
  • Daniel, Deb 

    Author(s):Daniel, Deb; Groo, Hailey
    Date Recorded:2020-07-13
    Format:born digital; digital moving image formats; transcripts; oral histories (literary works)
    Deb Daniel, general manager of the Republican River Water Conservation District in eastern Colorado, discusses her background and her role at the district. She talks about a recent pipeline constructed from the Ogallala ...
  • Longenbaugh, Robert 

    Author(s):Longenbaugh, R. A. (Robert A.); Groo, Hailey
    Date Recorded:2020-05-28-2020-07-22
    Format:born digital; digital moving image formats; transcripts; oral histories (literary works)
    Robert "Bob" Longenbaugh discusses portions of his career in groundwater, including his time at the State Engineer's Office and his service as secretary for the Ground Water Commission. He talks about various groundwater ...
  • Randall, Owen, recording 6 

    Author(s):Randall, Owen; Colorado State University. Public Lands History Center; Alexander, Ruth
    Date Recorded:2019-09-02
    Format:born digital; digital moving image formats; transcripts; oral histories (literary works)
    In this interview, Owen Randall discusses his experiences planning, working, and problem-solving high above Fort Collins at Joe Wright Reservoir and Michigan Ditch.
  • Randall, Owen, recording 5 

    Author(s):Randall, Owen; Colorado State University. Public Lands History Center; Alexander, Ruth
    Date Recorded:2019-04-24
    Format:born digital; digital moving image formats; transcripts; oral histories (literary works)
    In this interview, Owen Randall discusses the intersection of the Fort Collins stormwater utility and his career. Randall begins by outlining the immediate changes made to the stormwater utility that took place in the wake ...
  • Randall, Owen, recording 4 

    Author(s):Randall, Owen; Colorado State University. Public Lands History Center; Alexander, Ruth
    Date Recorded:2019-04-09
    Format:born digital; digital moving image formats; transcripts; oral histories (literary works)
    In this interview, Owen Randall discusses Fort Collins's wastewater utility and how it has changed since the 1980s. Randall notes that shifting needs in a growing city (highlighted by the Anheuser-Busch plant connecting ...
  • Randall, Owen, recording 3 

    Author(s):Randall, Owen; Colorado State University. Public Lands History Center; Alexander, Ruth
    Date Recorded:2019-03-26
    Format:born digital; digital moving image formats; transcripts; oral histories (literary works)
    In this interview, Owen Randall discusses the challenges and triumphs that came with the expansion of Fort Collins Utilities water infrastructure beginning in the late 1970s. Speaking primarily on water pipelines throughout, ...
  • Randall, Owen, recording 2 

    Author(s):Randall, Owen; Colorado State University. Public Lands History Center; Alexander, Ruth
    Date Recorded:2019-03-05
    Format:born digital; digital moving image formats; transcripts; oral histories (literary works)
    In this interview, Owen Randall discusses his role in the expansion of the Soldier Canyon water treatment plant, or water plant #2, and more generally, some of the unique aspects and challenges of Fort Collins's water supply.
  • Randall, Owen, recording 1 

    Author(s):Randall, Owen; Colorado State University. Public Lands History Center; Alexander, Ruth
    Date Recorded:2019-02-12
    Format:born digital; digital moving image formats; transcripts; oral histories (literary works)
    In this interview, Owen Randall, retired Chief Engineer for City of Fort Collins Utilities, discusses his personal background and his involvement in water supply projects connected to Fort Collins water treatment plant #1. ...
  • Porter, John 

    Author(s):Porter, John; Preston, Mike; Harris, Steven
    Date Recorded:2020-09-04
    Format:born digital; digital moving image formats; transcripts; oral histories (literary works)
    Retired Colorado water leader John Porter is interviewed by two of his colleagues, with the audio overlaid on a series photographs. Porter discusses his time as manager of the Dolores Water Conservancy District, which ...
  • Luecke, Dan 

    Author(s):Luecke, Daniel; Ebersole, Samuel
    Date Recorded:2020-09-18
    Format:born digital; digital moving image formats; transcripts; photographs; oral histories (literary works)
    Dan Luecke, retired hydrologist and environmental scientist, discusses his life and career. He talks about his education, military service, and arrival in Colorado to work for the Environmental Defense Fund. He goes in ...
  • Schmidt, Max 

    Author(s):Schmidt, Max; Ebersole, Samuel
    Date Recorded:2020-09-12
    Format:born digital; digital moving image formats; transcripts; photographs; oral histories (literary works)
    Max Schmidt, manager of Orchard Mesa Irrigation District and the Grand Valley Project Power Plant, discusses his career in Colorado. He worked for the Natural Resources Conservation Service designing irrigation systems, ...
  • Kuhn, Eric 

    Author(s):Kuhn, Eric; Ebersole, Samuel
    Date Recorded:2020-09-12
    Format:born digital; digital moving image formats; transcripts; photographs; oral histories (literary works)
    Eric Kuhn, retired general manager of the Colorado River Water Conservation District, discusses his career there, which began in 1981 as assistant to the secretary-engineer. He talks briefly about his early years and time ...
  • Scanga, Ralph "Terry" 

    Author(s):Scanga, Ralph; Ebersole, Samuel
    Date Recorded:2020-08-28
    Format:born digital; digital moving image formats; transcripts; photographs; oral histories (literary works)
    Ralph "Terry" Scanga, general manager of the Upper Arkansas Water Conservancy District, discusses his life and career. He talks about his education and military experience, the formation of the District, and how he came ...

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