Metro State University Introduces One World One Water

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Posted Thu, Mar 14, 2013

The initiative came from the large infinity shaped tear drop. [Photo by Andrew Kral]

INSPIRATION: The initiative came from the large infinity shaped tear drop. [Photo by Andrew Kral]

DENVER — Metro State University is offering a new minor program to students this semester that seeks to educate about water resources. The program, known as One World One Water, will give students hands on opportunities to study urban water resources and provide internships to those pursuing a job in the field.

The initiative came from the large infinity shaped tear drop, created by Rik Sargent, which is displayed outside of the Student Help Center on the MSU Campus.

“There’s a need for knowledgeable new employees in the water field,” says Tom Cech, the director of the program. “Lots of people will be retiring in the next fiveyears.”

Those looking to make water studies their minor will have a variety of classes available to them to accumulate the 21 hours required to acquire the minor. There are four core classes (12 hours) that are required; water essentials 1 and 2, water resources, and limnology, that are backed by electives such as, Water 101, Colorado Water Law, and Water Conflict and Negotiation. The minor is set up to be attachable to any major.

“It actually can fit and compliment just about every major on campus,” Cech says.

Water resource management is an issue that is all too familiar to Coloradans, especially within the past couple of years. With Colorado receiving only a fraction of the average snowfall over the past two years many are getting concerned about water management.

Despite the recent snowstorms Colorado is still far behind the average on yearly precipitation. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, 100 percent of the state is suffering from some type of drought conditions, while 13 percent is under D4 (exceptional drought) conditions, the highest level. Across the state reservoir storage is at 68 percent of Colorado’s average, and 38 percent capacity. In 2012 at this time the state was at 105 percent storage capacity.

“Outdoor watering restrictions will be implemented, and the flows in the South Platte River and Cherry Creek may remain very low,” Cech says. “Reservoir levels will probably drop, too.”

Some upcoming events that you might be interested in:

Who: AWRA (American Water Resource Association) Young Professionals in Water Event
What: A reception and social networking opportunity being held on March 6, 2013 at the MSU Denver Hotel and Hospitality Learning Center.

Who: Drought report

What: Nolan Doesken, a state climatologist, will be speaking about Colorado’s climate history

and present information on the drought.

• Water festival

Who: The One World One Water Center, Denver Water, The Environmental Protection Agency, Colorado Foundation for Water Education, and more.

What: Water industries will have tables at MSU’s Spring Fling Festival and be giving information on water industries and how to get involved.

About Andrew Kral

My name is Andrew and I am a student at Metro State University majoring in journalism. I am looking to enter the reporting field and write for a paper in the future. I enjoy writing and feel that it is an important form of expression and fills a vital role of communication to the masses.

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3 Responses to “Metro State University Introduces One World One Water”

  1. Davy Says:

    Good Story. I like your quotes and go box.

    Reply

  2. Ashley Says:

    I absolutely love the photo of the infinity tear drop! Good article, water is a serious issue these days and I’m glad MSU is jumping on board :). There is a typo in the first quote “fiveyears” needs a space.

    Reply

  3. S.L. Alderton Says:

    Good picture, good article. I especially like the go box at the end.

    Reply

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