Wednesday, December 7

Showtime: 7:00 PM

Chautauqua Community House

$10.00 ($7.00 Concert Member)

“A Land Made from Water” chronicles how the appropriation and development of water and riparian resources in Colorado changed the face of the Front Range—an area that was once a desert and is now an irrigated oasis suitable for the habitation and support of millions of people. In addition to linking current water issues to the historical evolution of water management systems, the book demonstrates the role people have played in creating ecosystems that are often presented as natural or native. Of special interest to Boulder residents is how the ditches are presently maintained and operated, as well as how and why they came about in the first place. 

Join us as author Robert Crifasi speaks about the events that took place in nineteenth-century Boulder County, Colorado, and set the stage for much of the water development that occurred throughout Colorado and the American West. He will explain how settlers planned and constructed ditches, irrigation systems, and reservoirs; initiated the seminal court decisions establishing the appropriation doctrine; and instigated war to wrest control of the region from the local Native American population. Additionally, Crifasi will give context to the river valleys on a continent-wide historical perspective.

About the Author:

Robert Crifasi works in water management and planning and is an environmental scientist with more than twenty-five years of experience. He has served as the Water Resources Administrator for the City of Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks Department, was on the board of directors of eleven ditch companies, and, as the president of several Boulder Valley ditches, was responsible for supervising all regular ditch operations.