Water conservation at CSU, Chico is a collaboration between the College of Agriculture and the Facilities Management & Services (FMS) Department. Below is a list of faculty, staff, and students involved with irrigation and water conservation on campus:
Kirby Pierson is the Irrigation Specialist for Facilities Management and Services. He received his B.S. in agriculture (soils and irrigation) from CSU, Chico and has completed about 40 semester units of graduate study in botany. Kirby is a Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor through the Irrigation Association. For the Campus Irrigation Project, he works with students, faculty, and staff to conduct irrigation audits and improve irrigation systems in order to conserve water on campus. He is a CSUEU Unit 5 Representative and has been a staff member at CSU, Chico for 20 years.
Michael Spiess teaches Agriculture Engineering Technology in the College of Agriculture. He has a B.S. in agriculture (agricultural mechanics) from CSU, Chico, a M.S. in plant science (emphasis in irrigation) from Fresno State, and a doctorate from U.C. Davis & CSUF. Mike has been awarded several grants, including grants from the Bureau of Reclamation to fund Chico State's Irrigation Training Facility. More information about Mike Spiess, and the courses he teaches, can be found on the following Web page.
The FMS Grounds Crew help maintain, monitor, and test irrigation systems throughout the campus.
Students in the College of Agriculture conduct irrigation audits in the AGET 360 course taught by Professor Spiess.