AWRA Colorado Section Newsletter
Times are a Changin
Thank you to all of the members that attended the 2016 Annual Symposium. A big thanks to all the speakers and sponsors as well. We had a great selection of speakers and topics that highlighted how the times are a changin in western water. If you missed it, Coyote Gulch has a great recap.
Speaking of change, a few recent changes have occurred in the Colorado Section of AWRA. The Colorado Section Bylaws and Constitution were amended by the board and members this year. The changes will increase the number of Directors at Large from five to six and will eliminate the Vice President position. These new positions will start with the 2017-2018 board. The changes also updated communication to include 21st century forms such as email and social media.
Katie Melander has served as Colorado AWRA President for the past year and handed over the reins to Laurna Kaatz. Dave Colvin is the new President Elect, Cristy Radabaugh is the President Elect, Jon George remains Secretary, and Lisa Wade is the new Treasurer. Directors at Large include Karlyn Armstrong, Jeff Bandy, Bill Battaglin, Tom Browning, and Angela Schenk. Bios for the Board of Directors can be found here.
In 2015-2016 AWRA Colorado gave away $11,000 in scholarships to five very deserving students. The board also gave away four scholarships to students to attend the National AWRA Conference that was held in Denver in November. We are now accepting applications for the 2016-2017 Rich Herbert Memorial Scholarship, applications are due June 15th, 2016, and can be found here.
There will be no May luncheon talk, stay tuned for details on the June luncheon talk.
Colorado AWRA Member Spotlight
Name: Dave Colvin
Job Title: Groundwater Team Leader
Organization: Leonard Rice Engineers
AWRA Member for # years: 6 years
What is your job in 25 words or less?
My job is to provide groundwater solutions for water supply, storage, and quality improvements. My work involves groundwater modeling, aquifer characterization, project management and water rights support.
What is your role in Colorado water?
I see my role in Colorado water as helping show that the benefits of groundwater go beyond supply. Innovative solutions such as aquifer storage and recovery (ASR) and riverbank filtration are two examples of storage and water quality improvements that could provide important water management benefits to Colorado water management.
Is there a particular project or program you are working on right now that you would like to tell us about?
I am currently working on a Denver Water ASR feasibility project that is exciting because it shows promise of bringing cost effective storage solutions to Colorado’s largest water provider.
What are some upcoming trends or challenges you see with Colorado water?
I won’t be the first person to say this, but water storage is going to be a critical component of Colorado’s future water management strategies. Increased variability in snowpack runoff will require more storage for us to meet future demands seasonally and year to year. The unfortunate expense, uncertainty in success and length of permitting are making storage projects even more critical.
What values or benefits does being a Colorado AWRA member bring you?
I really enjoy being part of AWRA Colorado because it is a collaborative group of intelligent people working on today’s water issues. AWRA Colorado provides us a forum to share water knowledge and helps collectively improve our water management.
What are your hobbies and interests outside of work?
I am first and foremost a family man and enjoy spending time with my wife and two daughters. We like to enjoy Colorado’s great outdoors through skiing, biking, hiking, and rafting. I’m also a big fan of live music and try to get to my fair share of concerts and festivals.