Gov. taps Russ George for state water board |

Gov. taps Russ George for state water board

Gov. John Hickenlooper on Tuesday named Russ George of Rifle to a two-year term as the Colorado River basin representative to the Colorado Water Conservation board.

George is president of Northwest Colorado Community College in Rangely. He previously served in cabinet-level posts directing the Colorado Department of Transportation and the Department of Natural Resources, and is a former state legislator.

Other appointees to the state water board are Alan Hamal, a Republican from Pueblo, April Montgomery, a Democrat from Norwood, and Travis Smith, a Republican from Del Norte. They were appointed to three-year terms.

The appointments must still be confirmed by the state Senate.

The Colorado Water Conservation Board consists of 15 members, with representatives from the state’s major water basins South Platte, North Platte, Arkansas, Rio Grande, Gunnison/Uncompahgre, Colorado Mainstem, Yampa/White and the Southwest Basin, as well as standing positions representing water-related state agencies.

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