Grand County Water Information Network has new leader — the Sky-Hi Daily News #ColoradoRiver

Historical Colorado River between Granby and Hot Sulphur Springs
Historical Colorado River between Granby and Hot Sulphur Springs

From the Sky-Hi Daily News (Hank Shell):

The Grand County Water Information Network is under new leadership.

Ryan Lokteff joined the GCWIN staff in November and has since taken over as executive director from Jane Tollett.

GCWIN works with organizations including Denver Water, the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District, the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service to manage and coordinate water quality testing in Grand County.

“That’s what I like about GCWIN,” Lokteff said. “It’s not just Grand County but it’s a partnership between Grand County, Denver Water, Northern Water – all these agencies that have a share in the water. It’s a good form of cooperation to get all of those people to the same table.”[…]

He got his master’s degree in watershed science from Utah State University in 2013.

“I got to play with fish,” Lokteff said. “I was lucky.”

Lokteff said he plans to maintain GCWIN’s current data collection as well as explore additional data collection in Grand County.

“Since I’m new, we’ll keep doing what were doing,” he said. “We’ll keep doing the monitoring on the streams that we have, keep the database up to speed and keep checking the quality of the data to make sure that it’s as good as it possibly can be.”

Lokteff and his wife Maegan have a 3-year-old son, Curran. Maegan is the executive director of Grand Beginnings.

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