Thomas Cech

Thomas Cech currently serves as the Co-Director of the One World One Water (OWOW) Center for Urban Water Education and Stewardship at Metro State University, Denver.  Tom was born and raised on a farm near Clarkson, Nebraska, graduated from Kearney State College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Math Education, and later received a master’s degree in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. He has served as the Executive Director of the Central Colorado Water Conservancy District in Greeley and has taught undergraduate- and graduate-level cources in water resources at the University of Northern Colorado and Colorado State University.


Title: Technology Addressing Current Challenges: The Importance of Water Education – Population growth and climate change present challenges to maintain adequate water supplies while also protecting our environment. Technology can help mitigate some issues, but people need to understand and trust the basic science involved in protecting their drinking water, management of watersheds, and environmental protection. What can we do, as scientists, government officials, and academics, to improve and enhance the understanding of the delicate balance between energy development and consumption, and the preservation of limited water resources?