2022 Terry J. Stevinson Fellowship Addressing Water and Growth in Colorado

Terry J. Stevinson

The Terry J. Stevinson Fellowship is designed to spur thoughtful policy discussions and potential solutions regarding the many policy and economic challenges brought about by population growth in Colorado. Through a multi-year effort, CSI will work with different fellows on an annual basis to dive into one particular area concerning growth.

About the 2022 Fellowship

2022 Topic: Water and Growth in Colorado 

While the 2022 fellows will be tasked with creating their own scope and research agenda, the broad areas the fellowship will cover are:

  • Water Rights (interstate and intrastate)
  • Water Storage
  • Rainfall and Drought
  • Water Demand/Efficiency from Residential Population Growth
  • 5-yr old Statewide Water Plan
  • Future of Water Technology

2022 Terry J. Stevinson Fellows

“I’m honored to be working with the Common Sense Institute and my long-time colleague Jennifer Gimble to make a critical evaluation of the water supplies available to Colorado in a 21st Century climate.” – Eric Kuhn




Eric Kuhn is the retired General Manager of the Colorado River Water Conservation District and co-author with John Fleck of Science Be Dammed: How Ignoring Inconvenient Science Drained the Colorado River, University of Arizona Press, 2019. Eric started employment with the Colorado River District in 1981 as Assistant Secretary-Engineer. In 1996 he was appointed General Manager, a position he held until his retirement in 2018. From 1994 through 2001, he served on the Colorado Water Conservation Board representing the Colorado River mainstem. Eric served as an at-large representative on the Colorado Inter-basin Compact Committee, from 2005 – 2018. He also served on the Engineering Advisory Committee of the Upper Colorado River Compact Commission from 1982 -2019.  Prior to working for the Colorado River District, he served as an engineer officer aboard nuclear submarines in the U.S. Navy and worked as a nuclear start-up engineer for Bechtel Power Corp.

Jennifer Gimbel is Interim Director and a Senior Water Policy Scholar at the Colorado Water Center.  Jennifer has experience in law and policy on national, interstate and state water issues. She was the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Water & Science at the Department of the Interior, overseeing the U.S. Geological Survey and Bureau of Reclamation. She also was Deputy Commissioner for the Bureau of Reclamation and Counselor to the Assistant Secretary. Jennifer was the Director of the Colorado Water Conservation Board, the water policy agency for Colorado. As a water lawyer, she worked for the Attorney General’s Offices in Wyoming and Colorado. She has over 35 years of experience on water issues.

To learn more about Eric Kuhn and Jennifer Gimbel, and the rest of the CSI team, click here.

2021 Terry J. Stevinson Fellows

“When we started this journey together, Peter and I were not quite sure what the outcomes would be. We knew that we wanted to create something that was unique, different from the dozens of policy papers on housing, and impactful, that provides meaningful steps to move forward and find solutions. The Terry J. Stevinson fellowship allowed us to be free to explore ideas and pursue methodologies however we deemed appropriate. Terry J. Stevinson, Kristin, and the CSI team, allowed us to take the lead without any preconceived ideas of where we would, or should, end up. And they let us develop our voice and supported us along the way. For all of that, we are truly appreciative. In this hyper divided political climate, the opportunity you gave us allowed us to think collaboratively in ways we forgot we needed. But it’s apparent to us that more honest and open dialogue is what we all require for us to get beyond our problems and come to solutions for the good of our state and country. This fellowship is perfect for that. As a result of this partnership, we made some tangible and executable recommendations that we emphatically believe could change the current trajectory in the state. These ideas are the product of the collaboration and research we did and we don’t think would not have occurred without this opportunity.” – Peter LiFari and Evelyn Lim

To learn more about Peter and Evelyn, and the rest of the CSI team, click here.

The full 2021 report titled From Conflict to Compassion: A Colorado Housing Development Blueprint For Transformational Change has made quite the splash in the news. Building from Peter and Evelyn’s guiding principles, stakeholder conversations, and collaborative research, the report offers a sequence of reforms that can disrupt the broken system holding back housing supply. These solutions are distilled into ideas that work as told by Peter and Evelyn’s stakeholders, force multipliers that could bring about a change to the development landscape, and a Colorado Housing Development Blueprint that could lead to transformational change. You can find the full 2021 report by clicking here.

2020 Terry J. Stevinson Fellows

Ben Stein“Thanks to the Terry Stevinson Fellowship, I not only received the opportunity to lay out my thoughts and ideas on this important issue, the decision to have two fellows prepare this report meant that I had the world’s best co-author, Henry Sobanet. Making this experience even better was the incredible support we received from the Institute’s staff which turned our drafts into a readable document. I consider this fellowship the highlight of my career as a transportation professional.” – Ben Stein, 2020 Terry J. Stevinson Fellow

Henry Sobanet“There are several reasons to celebrate and acknowledge the Terry J. Stevinson Fellowship on transportation. But foremost among them, it represents exactly what philanthropic and civic engagement are meant to embody. Through this Fellowship, Ben Stein and I were able to bring hard facts and years of direct experience to a discussion that in Colorado has for too long been the victim of political inertia and damaging rhetoric. In a time when speaking up about taxes or fees means risking the wrath of social media or even one’s political career, Mr. Stevinson and the Board of the Common Sense Institute gave Ben and me a blank canvas and full editorial control of our paper – consequences or popularity contests be damned. It is this courage and leadership that to me are exemplary and it was an honor to be a part of it.” – Henry Sobanet, 2020 Terry J. Stevinson Fellow

To learn more about Ben and Henry, and the rest of the CSI team, click here.

The full 2020 report titled A Path Forward: A Common Sense Strategy for the Continued Viability of Colorado’s Transportation Network has been widely cited and acclaimed. It laid out five ways to raise between $300 million and $533 million per year. The state would need to maintain its current level of quality or, on the upper end of the spectrum, to knock out the $3.2 billion in unfunded projects identified in CDOT’s 10-year plan. You can find the full 2020 report by clicking here