Tom Cech

Tom Cech was born and raised on a farm near Clarkson, Nebraska. He graduated from Kearney State College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Math Education, and later received a Masters Degree in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. He was Executive Director of the Central Colorado Water Conservancy District in Greeley from 1982 until April 2011. Tom is now the Director of the One World One Water Center for Urban Water Education and Sustainability at Metro State College. He will be leading an effort to create a new water minor at Metro State, as well as internships, senior capstone projects, and water stewardship activities on campus, in the community, and across the region.

Tom wrote “Principles of Water Resources: History, Development, Management and Policy,” published by John Wiley & Sons – currently in its 3rd edition and to be released in 2013 in Portuguese. He is currently an Affiliated Faculty member in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. Tom also recently published “Introduction to Water Resources and Environmental Issues,” (co-author Dr. Karrie Pennington) with Cambridge University Press, and “Colorado Water Law for Non-Lawyers,” (co-author P. Andrew Jones) with the University Press of Colorado.

Tom and his wife, Grace, from St. Paul, Nebraska, live in Fort Collins, Colorado.