Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2016

Document Type


Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors


Environmental Design

First Advisor

John Lanterman

Second Advisor

Dr. Georgia Lindsay

Third Advisor

JoAnn Silverstein


In the Denver Metropolitan Region, with its ever-growing population, urban development is encroaching on agricultural land. This increased demand for land threatens the survival of many agricultural facilities, including horse facilities. New housing construction and a larger population mean an increase in water consumption. Access and distribution of water is global issue and due to the increasing demand for water in urban areas, it is important that we find ways to conserve water and preserve water quality. Looking specifically in the United States, agriculture is one of the main uses of water, so conservation and preservation of water in agriculture is an important step for the future of water as a resource. My thesis includes an analysis of traditional, modern, and developing water management techniques in agriculture and more specifically, horse properties. By looking at water management and re-use on horse facilities, I found issues with water sources, drainage, waste management, and water law. My proposed comprehensive water management plan focuses on re-use and water quality. My project and the application of my design in the greater context of agriculture and water resource management is a step towards improving water quality and making advances in water use in agriculture.