Colorado River District Board elects new officers
GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Pete Kasper, an educator and water commissioner from Delta County, was elected the new president of the Colorado River District board of
directors at its regular quarterly meeting last week.
Board officers are elected annually and are term-limited after two terms.
Kasper replaces Bill Trampe, a rancher from Gunnison County. During his term as president, Trampe became deeply involved in negotiations regarding future Colorado water supplies and resolution of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison federal reserved water rights case. The board designated him to continue his pivotal role in these talks as he continues his board service.
Andy Mueller, an attorney from Ouray County, was elected board vice president.
In other business, the board welcomed a new member from Moffat County, Tom Gray.
Gray is a rancher and a member of the Moffat County Board of County Commissioners. Gray replaces fellow Moffat County Commissioner Saed Tayarra on the district board.
The Colorado River District covers 15 counties in western Colorado. Each county commission appoints one board member. Rounding out the board are Rebie Hazard of Saguache County, Tom Sharp of Routt County, James Newberry of Grand County, Tom Long of Summit County, Bruce Baumgartner of Eagle County, Dick Stephenson of Garfield County, John Ely of Pitkin County, Dick Proctor of Mesa County, Forrest Nelson of Rio Blanco County, Steve Mathis of Montrose County and Warner Dewey of Hinsdale County.
“I appreciate your vote of confidence,” Kasper said upon his unanimous election as president. “I take this position seriously as we continue to engage in high-level and complex discussions in Colorado about future water supplies for growing communities, drought and the Colorado River Compact.”
The Colorado River District is the principal water policy and planning agency for the Colorado River Basin within the state. It is responsible for the conservation, use, protection and development of Colorado’s apportionment of the Colorado River.
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