Reagan Waskom

Director, Colorado Water Institute and OWCAP Project Co-Director

E102 Engineering
1033 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1033
(970) 491-6308

Dr. Waskom’s current research emphasis is on the integrated use of surface and groundwater, the impacts of shale gas development on water resources, and agricultural water conservation in the Colorado River basin and Ogallala Aquifer.

Dr. Waskom currently serves as the Director of the Colorado Water Institute and the Chair of the Colorado State University Water Center. Dr. Waskom is a member of the Soil & Crop Sciences department at CSU, where he has worked on various water related research and outreach programs for the past 30 years, conducting statewide educational and applied research programs on water quality, water quantity, water policy and natural resource issues related to water use. In addition, Dr. Waskom provides oversight for the CSU Extension Water Outreach program and personnel.

Selected Publications

El Gafy, I., Grigg, N., and R. Waskom. (2016) Dynamic Behaviour of the Water–Food–Energy Nexus: Focus on Crop Production and Consumption. Irrig. and Drain., doi: 10.1002/ird.2060.

Oikonomou, P.D., Kallenberger, J.A., Waskom, R.M., Boone, K.K., Plombon, B.E. & Ryan, J.N., 2016. "Water acquisition and use during unconventional oil and gas development and the existing data challenges: Weld and Garfield counties, CO", Journal of Environmental Management, Volume 181, 1 October 2016, Pages 36-47, ISSN 0301-4797,

El-Gafy I., Grigg N., and R Waskom, 2016. Water-Food-Energy Nexus: Optimal use of water and energy for crop production.  Proceedings, Agricultural Land and Water Management for Sustainability under Climate Variability, 4th African Regional Conference on Irrigation and Drainage (ARCID), Aswan, Egypt.

Waskom, Reagan and MaryLou Smith. 2016. Use It or Lose It In Colorado Water Law. The Water Report 147:1-8.  ISSN 1946-116x.

Waskom, Reagan, Kevin Rein, Dick Wolfe, MaryLou Smith. 2016. How Diversion and Beneficial Use of Water Affect the Value and Measure of a Water Right. Colorado Water Institute Special Report No.25.

Cruse, Richard M., Daniel L. Devlin, Doug Parker and Reagan M. Waskom. 2016. Irrigation aquifer depletion: the nexus linchpin. J Environ Stud Sci. DOI 10.1007/s13412-016-0369-6.

Qiang Chai, Yantai Gan, Cai Zhao, Hui-Lian Xu, Reagan M. Waskom, Yining Niu and Kadambot H. M. Siddique. 2016. Regulated deficit irrigation for crop production under drought stress. A review.  Agron. Sustain. Dev. DOI: 10.1007/s13593-015-0338-6.

Eldeiry, Ahmed A., Reagan M. Waskom and Aymn Elhaddad. 2015. Using Remote Sensing to Estimate Evapotranspiration of Irrigated Crops Under Flood and Sprinkler Irrigation Systems. Irrig. and Drain., DOI: 10.1002/ird.1945.
Waskom, Reagan, Masih Akhbari and Neil Grigg. 2014. U.S. Perspective on the Water-Energy-Food Nexus. Colorado Water Institute Completion Report No. 116.

Garfin, G., G. Franco, H. Blanco, A. Comrie, P. Gonzalez, T. Piechota, R. Smyth, and R. Waskom, 2014: Ch. 20: Southwest. Climate Change Impacts in the United States: The Third National Climate Assessment, J. M. Melillo, Terese (T.C.) Richmond, and G. W. Yohe, Eds., U.S. Global Change Research Program, 462-486. doi:10.7930/J08G8HMN.

Waskom, R.M. 2014. South Platte Basin Well Management.  The Water Report, Issue #122.

Waskom, R.M. 2013.  HB12-1278 Study of the South Platte River Alluvial Aquifer.
Colorado Water Institute Completion Report No. 226.

Waskom, Reagan. 2013. Written Testimony of Reagan Waskom Submitted to Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Water and Power Subcommittee Hearing on Bureau of Reclamation’s Colorado River Basin Water Supply and Demand Study. July 16, 2013

Sueltenfuss, JS, Cooper DJ, Knight RL, Waskom RM. 2013. The creation and maintenance of wetland ecosystems from irrigation canal and reservoir seepage in a semi-arid landscape. Wetlands 33(5):799-810.

Waskom, R. M. 2013. Optimizing Agricultural Water for Food, the Environment and Urban Use. In NCAB Report 24, Water Sustainability in Agriculture.  24:185-194.

Gold, A.J., Gold, D. Parker, R.M. Waskom, J. Dobrowolski, M. O’Neill, P.M. Groffman, and K. Addy. 2013 Advancing water resource management in agricultural, rural, and urbanizing watersheds: Why Land-Grant Universities Matter.   Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, 68(4), 337-348.

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