The Colorado Stormwater Center was founded in 2013 with support provided by the Urban Drainage and Flood Control District (UDFCD), Colorado Association of Stormwater and Floodplain Managers (CASFM), Colorado Stormwater Council (CSC) and the State of Colorado Water Quality Control Division.  Our mission is to:

  • Educate stormwater management practitioners through workshops, trainings and seminars on the proper design, operation and maintenance of stormwater practices applicable to Colorado’s semi-arid climate, emphasizing local climate and hydrogeographic features.
  • Enhance the quality of the State’s streams, rivers and lakes through education and training of both the public and professionals involved with design, construction, inspection and maintenance of stormwater management facilities in Colorado, and by being a resource to stormwater professionals bringing research to practice.
  • Explore new technologies and solutions to stormwater problems through partnerships with universities and agencies across the nation and by providing contract services to solve unique problems facing municipalities in Colorado.


The Colorado Stormwater Center is housed within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Colorado State University (CSU) and is affiliated with the CSU Urban Water Center.  Our education and training workshops are provided by a variety of experienced professionals that work within academia, consulting, local government and private business.


Dr. Larry Roesner (Emeritus Professor, Colorado State University) – Director

Tyler Dell (Research Associate, Colorado State University) – Co-Director

Steering Committee

Holly Piza –Urban Drainage and Flood Control District
Lisa Knerr – State of Colorado Water Quality Control Division
Candice Owen – Keep It Clean Partnership
Brad Cox – Southeast Metro Stormwater Authority
Wanda DeVargas – City of Greenwood Village
Susan Strong – City of Fort Collins
Jon Jones – Wright Water Engineers