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About Us

CSU-WATER seeks to achieve a long-term, sustainable water supply for California through education, research and policy development by harnessing the resources and leadership from within the 23 CSU campuses. We foster academic preparation, applied research and policy development that address all aspects of water use. CSU-WATER serves to focus synergistically with the CSU’s many centers and programs of excellence on water issues.

Key Goals

  • To develop academic and community partnerships to create public awareness and broad support to address water issues
  • To increase and support CSU research and external funding through multi-campus collaborations
  • ​To promote CSU awareness of resources to support student water-related career opportunities

Publications & Reports

Find Annual Reports and other publications on water-related
​ work from faculty and staff across the CSU.

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Governance Structure

Learn about the leadership and advisory board that governs our organization.

Learn About Governance



Water Experts

Discover the wide-ranging water-related experience and knowledge of the faculty and staff across the CSU.

See a List of Our Experts

Meet CSU-WATER's Leadership Team

Steve Blumenshine  
Interim Executive Director
California State University, Fresno

Dr. Blumenshine is the Interim Executive Director of CSU-WATER, moving from the Directing the Research & Education Division of the California Water Institute at Fresno State University. CSU-WATER (Water Advocacy for Education and Research) is a rebranding of the WRPI Affinity Group. CSU-WATER develops and strengthens water research and scholarships in the CSU in collaboration with external partners and other water stakeholders. These efforts focus on critical impacts of stressed water resources on agricultural, urban, and environmental water allocations. Blumenshine’s International water research experience includes two U.S. Fulbright Awards, and engagement in China, Germany, Israel, Switzerland, Thailand, Australia, and Spain.

Boykin Witherspoon  
Associate Director
California State University,
San Bernardino

Witherspoon leads CSU-WATER in strategic planning, budgeting and oversight of contracts and grants. In addition, he promotes CSU-WATER’s vision of achieving a long-term, sustainable water supply for California via community, universities, and industry outreach. Witherspoon has international project management experience in developing Geographic Information System (GIS) applications and software for sustainable landscaping, architectural planning, and design. Witherspoon’s professional experience includes managing interdisciplinary teams of designers, scientists, and software developers in creating innovative and sustainable land use and planning solutions.

Laura Ramos  

Laura Ramos
Associate Director,
California State UniversityFresno

Laura Ramos is the Associate Director of Research and Education of the California Water Institute at California State University, Fresno, managing multiple programs and overseeing marketing and operations. Her primary duty is to elevate the water IQ of the community by engaging stakeholders throughout the San Joaquin Valley -- including Fresno State faculty, staff, students, and researchers -- in the pursuit of sustainable water resource management solutions for California’s agriculture, urban, environment, and disadvantaged community interests.

She has been part of the Fresno State water initiatives since 2001 and some of her most recent projects include a feasibility study to consolidate small water systems, stakeholder engagements for water infrastructure needs in the Valley and presenting and developing educational material to engage communities, including a campus wide water book club.

Allison Craun  

Allison Craun
Marketing and Events Coordinator
California State University, Fresno

Allison Craun is the Marketing and Events Coordinator for CSU-WATER. Her primary duty is to increase water education through outreach events and marketing materials. She graduated from Fresno State with a degree in Media, Communications, and Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relations. 

Craun’ s most recent projects include coordinating the annual conference, managing social media, and writing press releases.