Colorado State University Helping Preserve Four States' Nearly 70-Year History
To help ensure the long and rich history of the Four States Irrigation Council is well-preserved, the organization’s various documents and materials were recently handed over to the care of Patty Rettig, who oversees the Water Resources Archive at Colorado State University. The Four States archives had previously been kept at Northern Water's headquarters in Berthoud, Colo., but will now be preserved in a way that makes them more accessible to the broader public.
"Water is everything to Colorado, and our goal is to preserve its history as much as possible, whether it's the policies, people, technology or events that make up that history," Rettig said of the Water Resources Archive. "We also realize, though, that Colorado's water and its history don't stop at our state's borders. With the Four States Irrigation Council, we have a nearly 70-year history of irrigators from Colorado and our neighboring states getting together to share ideas and learn from one another. That collaboration is a part of our water history that's certainly worth preserving."
Rettig said that organizing and inventorying the many boxes of Four States annual meeting notes, summer tour materials, photos and other items was slowed down this past year by the pandemic, but she hopes to be caught up on the project in 2022. As these materials are inventoried, they'll be made available to the public at CSU's Morgan Library, with some materials also being digitized and posted online.
Learn more about CSU's Water Resources Archive.
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