2017 JSR Scholarship Winner

JONATHAN STAKER | THE OHIO state university

The Colorado Big Thompson Water Trail + Field Guide

Catalyzing Collaboration for Colorado's Future Water Needs

Trans-mountain water diversions via the Colorado Big Thompson Project (CBT) supplement the needs of more than three quarters of a million people and more than 720,000 acres of irrigated farmland on the Eastern edge of the Rocky Mountains, in a region known as Colorado's Northern Front Range. With its vast network of diversion infrastructure such as dams, reservoirs, pumping plants, and pipelines, the
project represents one of the most unique and important engineering feats of the 20th century, moving water from one watershed into another. 

Constructed between 1938-1956 the project continues to provide vital water resources for continued growth within the historically dry and unpredictable Front Range climate. However, this project's fundamental significance and monumental scale largely goes unnoticed and unappreciated within the region that reaps its greatest benefits. In addition, water gaps predicted by the 2015 State Water Plan along with increasing regional climatic variability, threaten the system and the region it supports on many different levels.

To illuminate the many consequential environmental, social,and political effects that this project has had, and continues to embody, while simultaneously revealing how this system fits into a much larger water landscape, a cultural trail network and accompanying field guide are proposed. The trail and field guide serve as a comprehensive deconstruction of the many components and characteristics related to water
in the Front Range, past. present and future. The trail and field guide connect into CBT infrastructure through a series of significant moments know as "water makers," as a means of understanding micro and macro relationships related to water in the Front Range, the Western Slope, Colorado, and the American West.

JSR Scholarship Award Presentation at 2017 ASLA Colorado Annual Gathering - Recipient Jonathan Staker and JSR President Megan Jones Shiotani

Past Scholarship Winners

2017     Jonathan Staker (The Ohio State University)
2016     Elizabeth Philbrick (Colorado State University)
2015     Tucker Hancock (University of Colorado Denver)
2014     Kate Davenport (University of Colorado Denver)
2013     Xinyu Li (University of Colorado Denver)
2012     Matthew Annabel (University of Colorado Denver)
2011      Darren Duroux (Colorado State University)
2010     Michael T. Brown (Colorado State University)
2009    Yekaterina (University of New Mexico)
2007     Jenn Thomas (University of Colorado Denver)
2006     Megan French (Colorado State University)
2006     Pamela Cornelisse (University of Colorado Denver)
2005     Emily Goldman (Colorado State University)
2005     Brian Cook (Colorado State University)
2004     Maeve Nevins (Colorado State University)
2004     Laurie Stanton (University of Colorado Denver)
2003     Kaitlin Beatty (Colorado State University)
2003     Michael McConnell(University of Colorado Denver)
2002     Jessica Canfield (Colorado State University)
2002     Michael Bouchard (University of Colorado Denver)
2001      Ashley Corbett (Colorado State University)
2001      Thomas Sunderland (University of Colorado Denver))
2001      Yuka Yoshida (Colorado State University)




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