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MaryLou M. Smith


Policy and Collaboration Specialist Colorado Water Institute / Water Center

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Phone: (970) 491-5899   Office: 136 Student Services Center

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MaryLou serves as policy and collaboration specialist at Colorado State University’s Colorado Water Institute, where she designs and facilitates group process for stakeholder groups working through complex water policy issues throughout Colorado and the West. Much of her work centers around agricultural/urban/environmental water sharing strategies, groundwater/surface water conjunctive use challenges, and the integration of land use policy with water supply policy. Of special interest is integrating a diversity of voices in water policy decision making. MaryLou earlier served 35 years as vice president and co-founder of Aqua Engineering, Inc., an irrigation engineering firm with projects worldwide. MaryLou grew up on a cotton and alfalfa farm irrigated with groundwater in eastern New Mexico. She earned a master’s degree in educational psychology from New Mexico State University and facilitation and mediation certificates from CDR Associates in Boulder, Colorado. She served twelve years on the City of Fort Collins Water Board and has given presentations on her work in places as diverse as Tehran, Iran; Fortaleza, Brazil; and Wray, Colorado!