ERE chair Dr. Ted Endreny visited Colorado State University to strengthen research and teaching collaboration and exchange between ERE and CSU programs in engineering and geomorphology. The two programs have several similarities in mission, but CSU is larger and has more students, faculty, and facilities (it has a student enrollment 10 times larger than ESF). As such, it is strategic for the ERE program to seek partnerships related to technical expertise and research facilities, such renowned faculty Dr. Ellen Wohl and Dr. Brian Bledsoe, and hydraulic flumes with Dr. Chris Thornton. In turn, CSU has recruited several of our ERE graduates, and it is important for us to understand how best to prepare our graduates for their likely career trajectories. The visit to CSU’s Fort Collins campus included a tour of the Engineering Research Center (Daryl Simons and S flume sites) at the Foothills Campus on Laporte Ave (where indoor flumes may extend 125 ft and carry 75 cfs in flow, and outdoor flumes can have 50 ft drops with 160 cfs flows!),  meetings on the main campus in the Natural Resources Building with Dr. Wohl and the Engineering Building with Dr. Bledsoe, a chance to give a seminar, visit with students, and brainstorm with faculty about partnerships and strategies to enrich education in river engineering and geomorphology. A separate tour was taken of impact from the 2013 Colorado Floods in St. Vrain and Boulder Creeks, as well as a visit to the Estes Park site and Man. Below are some photos of the visit and the facilities. For those making the trip to CSU, consider scheduling it to overlap with the ARCADIS sponsored Steve Blake Water Resources Lecture Series; ERE has very strong ARCADIS connections which is another example of how we can partner with CSU!

Sinuous flume in main ERC.

Sinuous flume in main ERC. Photo taken from larger flume testing bridge scour with 1-m wave maker.

Shot from floor of facility, showing sump and pumps. Grad students are trained in experimental setup and equipment maintenance.

Shot from floor of facility, showing sump and pumps. Grad students are trained in experimental setup and equipment maintenance.

Simons Building and Horsetooth Reservoir for inflows to ERC, with outflows to College Lake. More flumes to the south of Simons.

Simons Building and Horsetooth Reservoir for inflows to ERC, with outflows to College Lake. More flumes to the south of Simons.

Access road to S flume, with access to staging areas for experimental equipment. Horsetooth Reservoir embankment to left in photo.

Access road to S flume, with access to staging areas for experimental equipment. Horsetooth Reservoir embankment to left in photo.

S-flume, an inspirational experimental phenomenon to investigate meander bend deflector dynamics, and one of CSU's competent graduate students working with these flumes.

S-flume, an inspirational experimental phenomenon to investigate meander bend deflector dynamics, and one of CSU’s competent graduate students working with these flumes.

Part of the Overtopping Research Facility built in response to Huricane Katrina and levee failure.

Part of the Overtopping Research Facility built in response to Hurricane Katrina and levee failure.

Overtopping Research Facility chute and tail water box. Re-laying inter-locking block to prepare an experiment.

Overtopping Research Facility chute and tail water box. Re-laying inter-locking block to prepare an experiment.

Set of standard teaching flumes and hydraulic benches in CSU's Engineering Building, similar to those used at ESF in Baker Labs.

Set of standard teaching flumes and hydraulic benches in CSU’s Engineering Building, similar to those used at ESF in Baker Labs.

Four Mile Creek damage from 2013 CO floods, tributary to Boulder Creek. Research at CSU will address engineering designs for such floods.

Four Mile Creek damage from 2013 CO floods, tributary to Boulder Creek. Research at CSU will address engineering designs for such floods.

Journey into Rocky Mountain National Park, looking for a peak with intrepid travelers.

Journey into Rocky Mountain National Park, looking for a peak with intrepid travelers.

ERE's Endreny very content to have made this journey and conducted the exploration.

ERE’s Endreny very content to have made this journey and conducted the exploration.

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