Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2017

Document Type


Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors


Environmental Studies

First Advisor

Dale Miller

Second Advisor

Paul W. Lander

Third Advisor

Patricia Limerick


This paper focuses on water usage and agricultural irrigation efficiency. However, it is not exactly a research paper. Most of the study concerns the thoughts and opinions of willing participants who were asked a series of questions regarding water use and irrigation practices. The bulk of the participants were agricultural producers (i.e. farmers and ranchers) who have some interest in the topic. Water professionals working in the private or academic sectors also participated, providing individual insights, and in some instances offered a counterpoint to arguments given by producers. The purpose being not only to enlighten me as to the delicate discussion surrounding ag water on the Front Range of Colorado, but to provide me with talking points that I hope will further the discussion amongst producers, academia, and State powers. It is my hope that through discussion and education a method of meeting future water demands in Colorado can be devised that will do as little harm to all involved parties as possible.