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Recent stories published by Colorado State University’s official news outlet, Source.

The Colorado River Compact is turning 100. These CSU resources will help you better understand water in the West

Lake Mead water levels from 2000 - 2022
A comparison of water levels on Lake Mead from 2000 to 2022. (Photo courtesy NASA)

One hundred years after leaders from seven western states gathered to sign what was at the time a historic agreement, the Colorado River is once again at a breaking point. 

The federal government is now paying communities in California, Arizona and Nevada to avoid using water from the Colorado River, and hydropower production has fallen due to historically low levels in the nation’s largest dams.

This is leading some experts to advocate for making changes to the Colorado River Compact, which was signed on Nov. 24, 1922.

Ahead of this anniversary, here’s a look at Colorado State University resources and water experts who can provide insight on the history of the compact, the state of water in the West and what’s next for the Colorado River.

Learn more about the Colorado River Compact on Source.

Q&A: CSU expert explains what new White House guidance means for open access

Khaleedah Thomas

Last month, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy issued new guidance mandating that taxpayer-funded research be immediately available for the public to access free of charge.

Federal agencies must comply with this new guidance by 2025 – a major victory for proponents of “open access,” a movement to make academic research more accessible for everyone. Previously, journals have been allowed to keep academic research behind paywalls for up to a year.

“In a way, we were kind of double-paying for research that was funded by taxpayer dollars,” said Khaleedah Thomas, a copyright and scholarly communications librarian for Colorado State University Libraries.

Proponents of open access say it allows more collaboration between academics and a great dissemination of information that could be vital during crises.

Thomas spoke to SOURCE about why the new guidance matters, what’s next and how the COVID-19 pandemic helped the open access movement.

Read the full article in Source

Reconnecting with the vanished world of feminist publishing

Shane Snowdon

Many of today’s advances toward gender equality are the result of second-wave feminism, a 25-year-long movement that revolutionized the lives of women and members of the LGBTQ+ community.

Shane Snowdon, a second-wave feminist and the 2022 recipient of the Colorado State University Libraries’ Friedman Feminist Press Collection research grant, will study how the movement’s writing “personalized the political” and reflected unprecedented, intensely personal accounts of women on its front lines.

“With the Friedman Collection, we can gather on three shelves the books that changed the world,” Snowdon said. Being involved in “second-wave feminism changed my life and many others; there aren’t many places where you can see the books that did that.”

Despite its vital role in supporting activists, much of the second wave’s writing has fallen into “undeserved obscurity” — a trend that Snowdon believes the Friedman Collection can help reverse.

Read more about this collaboration on Source.

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