River district board elects new officers | PostIndependent.com

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 board president. Mathis succeeds Paul Ohri, who retired from the board after 12 years. Mathis has practiced law since 1975 and worked with water 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. Trampe is a rancher and board member of the Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District.

James Newberry is Grand County’s newest representative to the Colorado River District. He is a Grand County commissioner and serves on the Northwest Colorado Council of Government’s Water Quality and Quantity Committee.

In other action, the river district board unanimously approved taking measures to eradicate young tamarisk trees that have been found on the shores of Wolford Mountain Reservoir north of Kremmling.

The Colorado River Water Conservation District, which is based in Glenwood Springs, works on issues related to conservation, use, protection and development of 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 river district’s board includes one representative from each of the 15 counties who are appointed by their respective county’s board of county commissioners to serve three-year terms.

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