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Northern Water E-Waternews April 2018
Northern Water News Release
New general manager named for Northern Water

The Northern Water Board of Directors has chosen Colorado native Brad Wind to be the organization's sixth general manager.

Wind, who was previously the assistant general manager, Administration Division, was named the general manager effective April 6. He succeeds Eric Wilkinson, who retired this month.

Wind joined Northern Water in 1994 as an engineer and also has served as the organization's assistant general manager, Operations Division.

Wind holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Colorado State University, a master's degree in agricultural engineering from University of California at Davis and bachelor's degrees in civil engineering and agricultural engineering from Colorado State University. He grew up on a farm in Washington County and is a graduate of Brush High School.

Wilkinson will remain with Northern Water, serving as a policy adviser in a part-time role.

Colorado-Big Thompson Project quota set at 80 percent

A dry winter combined with above-average water storage prompted the Northern Water Board of Directors to set an 80 percent quota for the remainder of the 2018 water delivery season at the April 12 meeting of the board.

The quota system has been in place since the first year of operations of the Colorado-Big Thompson Project (see story below). The quota quantifies the amount of water that will be distributed to each of the allottees in the system. In April, water managers have a good idea of how much supplemental water will be needed for beneficial uses in Northern Colorado.

Legislation advances for invasive aquatic species, reservoir releases

Legislation that will provide funding for boat inspections and protect water that has been released into a river as part of an approved fish and wildlife mitigation and enhancement plan have been approved by the Colorado General Assembly.

House Bill 18-1008 would create a new licensing fee for boats in the state of Colorado, $25 per year, to be used for inspections targeting invasive species. Topping that list are the quagga mussel and zebra mussel, mollusks that have been found in North American waterways such as Lake Powell. Because the mussels have no natural predators, they quickly overtake their habitat and remove the nutrients needed for other species. Worse, they collect on water works and can lead to millions of dollars in damages and annual abatement costs.

The bill will next go to Gov. John Hickenlooper for his consideration.

Senate Bill 170 will protect water that is being conveyed from a reservoir through a river system as part of a Fish and Wildlife Mitigation and Enhancement Plan as approved by the Colorado Water Conservation Board. For Northern Water, the legislation is a key component for protecting water released from Glade Reservoir to maintain year-round minimum flows of the Poudre River through Fort Collins.

Gov. John HIckenlooper signed the bill on April 12.

Local officials honor outgoing Northern Water leader

Officials in Larimer and Weld counties noted the retirement of Eric Wilkinson from his post as Northern Water General Manager.

On April 9, Weld County commissioners declared the day as "Eric Wilkinson Day." On April 10, their counterparts in Larimer County joined them by way of a resolution read into the public record.

The recognitions were part of ongoing tributes to the 24-year career of Wilkinson as the leader of Northern Water. Following the Spring Water Users Meeting at The Ranch in Loveland, more than 100 leaders of Colorado politics and water policy gathered to honor Wilkinson, and in some cases, offer a little humor.

On April 12, the Board of Directors at Northern Water entered into the record a resolution that spoke to Eric's dedication to the organization as well as his role in helping the state of Colorado develop its water resources.

Wilkinson will continue in a part-time role at Northern Water working on special projects and as a policy adviser.

Save the date: Conservation Gardens Fair is June 9

A free and popular event in the region, Northern Water's Conservation Gardens Fair, has been scheduled for Saturday, June 9.

The event has moved from its traditional May time slot to reduce the risk of cancellation because of inclement weather.

Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in guided tours of the gardens and demonstration areas at the Berhoud campus, 220 Water Ave. In addition, vendors will be in attendance to demonstrate products and services, and children's activities will also be available.

Look for more details in the May edition of E-Waternews.