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Colorado River District Board Elects New Officers


At its first quarterly meeting of 2004, the Colorado River Water Conservation District's Board of Directors elected a new slate of officers and welcomed one new director to the 15-member Board.

Stephen M. Mathis, a Montrose lawyer who has represented Montrose County on the Colorado River District Board for the past seven years, was elected the Board's President.  Mr. Mathis succeeds Paul Ohri, who has retired from the Board after 12 years of distinguished service.  Mr. Mathis is a 33 year resident of Colorado and has practiced law since 1975.  He has worked with water-related issues for nearly 20 years.

"This Board has accomplished an awful lot in the seven years I have been involved with it," said Mathis.  "I'm looking forward to working with the other directors on the Board and the staff of the Colorado River District as we tackle the next set of water challenges confronting the West Slope."

William "Bill" Trampe of Gunnison County is the Board's new Vice-President.  Mr. Trampe brings a wealth of water knowledge to the Colorado River District through his many years as a rancher and as a board member for the Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District.

James Newberry is Grand County's newest representative to the Colorado River District.  Mr. Newberry's familiarity with the water issues stems from his service as a Grand County Commissioner, his seven year tenure on the Northwest Colorado Council of Government's Water Quality and Quantity (QQ) Committee, three years as the QQ Committee's chairman, and three years on the Land Use Steering Committee for Colorado Counties, Inc.  He has been a Grand County resident for over 23 years.

In other Board action, the Board unanimously approved taking measures to eradicate young tamarisk trees that have been found on the shores of Wolford Mountain Reservoir.  These invasive trees have been introduced to Wolford by unknown sources and the Colorado River District is undertaking eradication measures to prevent the spread of this water-robbing vegetation to other areas.

The Colorado River Water Conservation District was chartered by the Colorado General Assembly in 1937 for the conservation, use, protection and development of the water resources of the Colorado River Basin. The District includes, Routt, Moffat, Grand, Eagle, Summit, Pitkin, Garfield, Rio Blanco, Mesa, Gunnison, Ouray, Delta and portions of Montrose, Saguache and Hinsdale Counties. The Colorado River District's Board of Directors is made up of one representative from each of its 15 counties who are appointed by their respective county's Board of County Commissioners to serve three-year terms.

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