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Owens names five of his picks for water committee

DENVER – Gov. Bill Owens named five of his six picks to the Interbasin Compact Committee on Tuesday, including an environmentalist and several prominent water users.The Legislature created the committee last year to promote discussion and cooperation on water management issues and storage projects.The committee will have 27 members representing the state’s seven river basins and the southern and northern Denver metro areas. Lawmakers will name some of the members.The governor’s appointees include Rita L. Crumpton of Grand Junction, manager of the Orchard Mesa Irrigation District; Wayne Vanderschuere of Colorado Springs, water supply manager for Colorado Springs Utilities; Melinda R. Kassen of Boulder, director of the Colorado Water Project for Trout Unlimited; T. Wright Dickinson of Maybell, a Moffat County rancher; and Richard Eric Kuhn of Glenwood Springs, general manager of the Colorado River Water Conservation District.Chris Treese, spokesman for the Colorado River Water Conservation District, said time is running short for the committee to fulfill its duties and set up charters governing negotiations between the districts before the Legislature adjourns in May, but he was confident the committee can meet a July deadline.”It has taken all of them a long time to put together the members, who they are and how they operate,” Treese said.

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