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Alvey reappointed to Colorado River board

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At their Dec. 3 meeting the Delta Board of County Commissioners reappointed Tom Alvey to the Colorado River Water Conservation District Board.

Alvey has served on the CRWCD board since 2009, and as president of the board for the last two years.

"I would say that the river district board is the most involved and thoughtful board I have served on and I am proud to have been a part of it for the past nine years," Alvey said.

"I am honored to be able to represent Delta County on the river district board.

"Water is our most important resource and we must protect it and use it wisely."

Alvey noted that the CRWCD has been looking out for the interests of western Colorado since 1937 and was formed to protect and conserve the waters of the Colorado River Basin, advocating for the basin and the state on matters involving the Colorado River.

Over the last nine years the river district led and completed the Colorado River Cooperative Agreement, a historic agreement with Denver Water to settle a longtime battle over Denver water rights, which has important benefits for the Western Slope.

The river district recognized and focused attention on the risks to water users from over use of the compact water entitlements and helped ensure that no new trans-mountain diversion have been approved.

The river district has supported the State Water Plan and the roundtable process by providing technical input and support.

"We remain closely involved in shaping Colorado's Drought Contingency Plan," Alvey said.

"In addition to policy concerns, the river district owns and operates Woford Mountain and Elkhead reservoirs, two important storage units which help maintain flows on the Colorado River.

"Locally, the river district has provided grants to water users throughout the county for projects in the North Fork, Surface Creek and Uncompaghre areas. Delta County has benefited enormously from the river district's efforts to secure and promote federal grants and the RCPP program, which is bringing millions of dollars of irrigation improvements to the area," he said.

Alvey is also current president of the North Fork Water Conservancy District and on the boards of the Leroux Creek Water Users Association and the Highline and Ellington Ditch companies.

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