Cutting-Edge Research

Connecting world class research and real world water challenges

Our interdisciplinary research approach is pushing water management beyond its traditional boundaries. Taking the lead, the Institute focuses on the Food, Energy, and Water Nexus and how it relates to the health of the community.  Through this innovative perspective, we serve as leaders in developing urban water resources to promote resiliency and integrate the socioeconomic components of decision making into the water industry.
Center for Energy and Water Sustainability

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Center for Energy and Water Sustainability

The purpose of the Center for Energy Water Sustainability (CEWS) is to bring together industry, academic, agriculture, government, environmental and consulting stakeholders to address water issues through research and related activities. CEWS will address social, environmental, and economic (people, planet and prosperity) values related to the water and energy industry.




Center for Comprehensive, optimaL and Effective Abatement of Nutrients (CLEAN)

The mission of the CLEAN Center is to create knowledge, build capacity, and forge collaboration to develop and demonstrate sustainable solutions for reduction of nutrient pollution in the nation’s water resources. The Center’s activities are organized around three major themes: understanding the physical system, understanding people and policy, and enhancing the capacity for assessment and decision-making.


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The Environmental Risk Assessment Management System (eRAMS)

eRAMS is a cloud-based platform providing online services for sustainable management of land, water, and energy resources.  It is a powerful platform for building accessible and scalable analytical tools and simulation models that can be accessed via desktop or mobile devices

Object Modeling System Laboratory

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Object Modeling System Laboratory

The OMSLab, an organization of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Colorado State University, promotes the use of OMS to collaboratively develop, provision, and deploy science models for analysis of natural resource concerns, assisting land management decision-making.


Urban Water Center

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The Urban Water Center

The Urban Water Center at Colorado State University was created at the dawn of the new millennium to foster education and research as well as provide municipalities with information to assist them with better management of their urban water systems. The mission of this organization is to promote adoption of sustainable and innovative urban water management approaches through teaching, research and extension.

Urban Water Innovation Network

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The Urban Water Innovation Network

The network, a consortium of academic institutions and key partners across the U.S., includes research, engagement and educational programs that address challenges that threaten urban water systems. The mission of UWIN is to create technological, institutional, and management solutions to help communities increase the resilience of their water systems and enhance preparedness for responding to water crises


Water Sustainability and Climate Center

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The Water Sustainability and Climate Center

WSCC’s goal is to identify water management solutions that are socially viable, economically feasible, and environmentally effective to meet the increasing demand for water under changing climate and land use. The South Platte River Basin is the study area for analysis and demonstration