Here’s the release from the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District (Brian Werner):
Wilkinson receives Colorado’s top water honor
BERTHOUD – Northern Water General Manager Eric Wilkinson was named the 2011 recipient of the Aspinall Award at today’s Colorado Water Congress annual awards luncheon in Denver. The award is given each year to someone deemed to be highly knowledgeable about and dedicated to the management of Colorado’s water resources.
Wilkinson joins a select group of 30 previous recipients, who have included U.S. Sen. Hank Brown, Interior Secretary Gale Norton, U.S. Rep. Ray Kogovsek and Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Don Ament.
Wilkinson has been Northern Water’s general manager since 1994 and is a recognized leader in water issues statewide. He serves on the Colorado Water Conservation Board of Directors, the South Platte Basin Roundtable and the Governor’s Interbasin Compact Committee.
A native of Fort Collins, Wilkinson graduated from Colorado State University in 1973 with a civil engineering degree and has been in the water resources field ever since. In 2007 he was recognized as a distinguished alumnus by the university’s college of engineering.
The Colorado Water Congress describes the awardee as “a person exemplifying the courage, dedication, knowledge and leadership qualities shown by Wayne N. Aspinall in the development, protection and preservation of the water of the State of Colorado.”
The award is named after former state legislator and U.S. Rep. Wayne N. Aspinall, who served in the Statehouse for 16 years before spending the next 24 as a member of the U.S. House. He is considered one of the most influential water leaders in Colorado history.
The award recipient is selected after a rigorous evaluation process which includes all previous Aspinall Award winners and the current officers of the Colorado Water Congress. It was presented by last year’s winner, Alan Hamel, who is the executive director of the Pueblo Board of Water Works.
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