AWRA-CO Fall 2020 Newsletter Print

Upcoming Events

October 27 - 12:00 pm to 1:15pm: October Lunch Talk - Algal Toxins: A Growing Problem

November 17 - 12:00 pm to 1:15pm: November Lunch Talk - Denver Water's Lead Reduction Program

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2020 AWRA-CGWA Annual Symposium Recap

A big thank you to all of those that could attend our first virtual symposium.  We would also like to thank all of our sponsors for supporting this event and the continued outreach to inform those about Colorado water issues and water resources planning.

Total attendees: 129

Total Student attendees: 27

There were 6 scholarship presentations, 4 technical sessions and 2 keynote presentations that were both panel discussions. We also had a happy hour with a virtual scavenger hunt and prizes.  

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Finding a Career During Covid Recap

The Higher Education Committee held a networking and career advice panel discussion virtually on September 22nd.  This was a great opportunity for our student members to be able to network and discuss job opportunities given the interesting landscape of 2020.  The panel offered students timely advice from professionals in the industry, including HR professionals. The speakers included employees of Colorado Division of Water Resources, Denver Water, HDR, and Jacobs.  

We had 43 attendees.  A lot of positive feedback was given so stay tuned for future events.

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Board Member Spotlights

Board Member Spotlight for August

Beth Albrect - President-Elect 

Job Title: Water Resources Engineer

Organization:  Brown and Caldwell

What is your job in 30 words or less? 
I help clients across public, non-profit and private institutions with water resources issues including water supply planning, water rights, and water quality.

AWRA Member for # years:  4 years

Positions held in AWRA and years:  
Secretary & Chair of News and Outreach Committee (2018-2020)

President-Elect (2020-present)

What is your hometown?  Sheboygan, Wisconsin... more about Beth on our blog 

Board Member Spotlight for September

Mark Mitisek - Director at Large

Job Title:  Project Manager – Integrated Modeling Practice Lead

Organization:  LRE Water, Inc.

What is your job in 25 words or less? 
I support public and private clients in the development, management, and planning of water supply projects and hydrologic studies throughout Colorado.

AWRA Member for # years:
  12 years

Position held in AWRA and years:  Board Member at Large (2019 and 2020)

What is your hometown? Grand Junction, Colorado... more about Beth on our blog 

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Renew Your Membership Today

If you have not already renewed your membership for the 2020 calendar year, be sure to do so soon! It provides you a great discount on the symposium and ensures that our team of volunteers can continue to provide Lunch Talks, AWRA scholarships, and other content that benefits our members during this unprecedented time. We need your continued support to have the resources necessary to continue this work.

Your membership is valid for a full calendar year and provides you with:

  • Access to our monthly Lunch Talks
  • A discounted registration fee to our annual symposium
  • Access to a wonderful network of water professionals in Colorado and beyond.
  • The opportunity to support the water community and access to additional events and networking throughout the year.  


You can renew your individual, corporate, institutional, or student membership at

If you have already renewed your membership this year, thank you!  If you would like to renew and are unable at this time please contact the membership committee chair and we are happy to work with you.

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Colorado Water History

Fryingpan-Arkansas Project
Ruedi Reservoir and Fryingpan River Image Source: Wikipedia
In 1958, water users in the Arkansas Basin proposed a new Southeastern Colorado Water Conservation District—a move they hoped would reinvigorate legislative support for the Fryingpan-Arkansas diversion after nearly three decades of delays and disputes driven by opposition to the project from the Western Slope. By 1959, the years of political lobbying by Arkansas Basin stakeholders finally paid off. Construction began with Ruedi Reservoir, which would provide 102,000 acre-feet of compensatory and replacement water for West Slope users annually, in 1964. The diversion tunnel soon followed, and was under construction from 1965 to 1971. Today, the Fryingpan-Arkansas diversion delivers irrigation water for 265,000 acres of agricultural lands and supplies municipalities in the Colorado Springs area (WEC, 2014).

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