Colorado River District Board Officers
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
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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