Q: In the 1930s a project to supply irrigation water for eastern
Colorado was instigated and largely influenced by then-CSU
president Charles Lory. What was his major role in bringing the
irrigation project about?
A: Charles Lory, on the one hand, had close ties to Elwood Mead,
who then headed the Bureau of Reclamation. While that helped, on
the other hand he also worked to resolve the differences between
Western Slope and eastern Colorado residents and came up with a way
to meet the financial obligations of the irrigation project.