Luncheon – October 5, 2007

Title: Science and Service for the People of Colorado, or what has YOUR Geological Survey done for you lately?

Speaker: Vince Matthews, State Geologist of Colorado

Date: October 5, 2007

Publication: The Outcrop, October 2007, p. 20

The Colorado Geological Survey’s (CGS) activities and research fall into five broad categories: Avalanche Forecasting & Safety; Geologic Hazards; Geologic Mapping; Minerals & Energy; and the Geology of Groundwater. The CGS avalanche program has reduced deaths from snow avalanches in Colorado and kept highways open for commerce and tourism during the winter. Land-use reviews for potential geologic hazards in new housing developments are conducted on more than 500 sites each year. Seventy-five new geologic quadrangle maps have been completed in the last 15 years resulting in an improved database for decision-making on a variety of important issues. The Mineral and Energy program has major new initiatives in geothermal energy and carbon sequestration. CGS conducted a statewide study on the potential for underground storage of water which has led to legislative initiatives and a major project in the southern Denver Basin. CGS regularly provides materials for the general public, teachers, and students on various topics in geology.