Steve Gibson named to lead the Colorado Water Congress during 2012

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From the Valley Courier (Ruth Heide):

[Gibson] said he plans to continue his predecessor’s goal of inviting young professionals and those who have not yet been a part of the congress to join the broad and diverse water group…

“One of my goals this year is to continue that effort and try to bring it down especially to smaller rural communities,” Gibson said on Tuesday. “We need to bring young people in, on the local level, because that institutional knowledge is going to go away.”

Gibson also wants to increase membership in the Colorado Water Congress. “I am a firm believer in the benefits that the congress brings to the broader water community in Colorado,” he said.

He described the Colorado Water Congress as a quasi trade organization but added it is more than that because it includes professionals in the water community such as attorneys, consultants, engineers and representatives of water conservancies, conservation districts, ditch companies, irrigation companies and mining companies…

Before going to work for the conservancy district Gibson directed the local Nature Conservancy after moving to the San Luis Valley in 1999. His earlier career had been in the mining industry in the western part of the U.S. Originally from England and a graduate of the University of London, Gibson came to the U.S. for graduate school and remained. Although water was never on his radar screen back then, it has become a prominent part of his life now. “I have been learning about water and still know very little when you look at the big scheme of things.”

More coverage from Chris Woodka writing for The Pueblo Chieftain. From the article:

Gibson has represented the Rio Grande basin in the Colorado Water Congress for years, and says the group and the conservancy district strive for common goals. He is also a member of the Rio Grande Basin Roundtable, which has worked to iron out differences in local water issues…

Gibson came to the San Luis Valley in 1999 with the Nature Conservancy, joining the conservancy district in 2002. Prior to that, he worked for 30 years in the mining industry in Northwestern Colorado. A native of England, he was educated at the Royal School of Mines in London.

Also at the 54th annual CWC convention, the San Luis Valley Irrigation District, Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District, Parker Water and Sanitation, Northern Water, Colorado River Conservation District and the Colorado Water Conservation Board were honored as water organizations of the year.

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