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2015-2016 President’s Letter

Dear Fellow Water Professionals:

This has been a busy and exciting year for AWRA Colorado. For the first time in over 20 years, our
National Conference was hosted in Denver. The last time this occurred was in 1990 with the theme
Science of Water Resources Models and Urban Hydrology. It is funny how some things change, but still
stay the same. This year will end with our symposium on April 22nd at Mount Vernon Country Club in
Golden, Colorado. The theme will be Water In the 21st Century West: “The Times They are a Changin.”
Water management has dramatically changed over the last couple decades due to technology, access to
information, the political environment, permitting, conservation, environmental perspective, and so
much more. We have tried to capture this in our symposium which not only looks at the changes that
have occurred, but also at what the future may hold for the profession.

I am so proud to be a part of the AWRA community. Our Colorado membership is teaming with
wonderful people that volunteer their valuable time, share information, and are in general very excited
about what they do. Our section continues to give generously to provide scholarships to students within
the state studying in water resource fields. Since the start of the Richard Herbert Memorial Scholarship
in 1991, the AWRA Colorado Section, through the support of member donations and proceeds from the
annual symposium has given away $159,000. This year five deserving students received scholarships
totaling $11,000. Our section was also able to give away four student admissions to the AWRA National
Conference held in November.

In addition, we have continued to conduct networking and outreach opportunities for water resources
students in Colorado through our education committee. This year included the AWRA Student
Networking night, a showing of The Great Divide, and Water Rights 101 / Water Court education session.
I have heard nothing but wonderful feedback from students that have attended these different events,
and am so pleased to have students excited and interested in the water resources field.

AWRA Colorado has continued their monthly lunch talks connecting professionals and creating learning
opportunities for our members. We have recently worked to make these lunch talks available remotely.
This will allow others around the state to experience some of the benefits of AWRA.

As I leave my position as president, I cannot say enough about this great organization! The professionals
involved on the board and committees, as well as the members are some of the best people I have ever
worked with. Everyone is happy to help and volunteer, and follow through…something you don’t always
see. Thank you for your incredible support! We could not do all the things we do without your support
and financial backing. Each and every one of you makes a difference, and I would personally like to
thank you. I am honored to have served as the president of this wonderful board, and look forward to
being a part of the organization for many years to come. Thank you!


Katie Melander
President, American Water Resources Association ‐ Colorado Section

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