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Grand County Water Information Network has new leader

Hank Shell
hshell@skyhidailynews.com

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."

“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.”
Ryan Lokteff
New director, Grand County Water Information Network

Lokteff has a background in Geographic Information Systems, which he said led him to pursue his current career path.

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"I've always been kind of wired spatially," Lokteff said. "I love maps, and I love just knowing where things are in relation to other things."

Lokteff, a fly-fisherman and kayaker, said rivers and streams have always been a part of his life.

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.

Tollett retired on Dec. 18 after six and a half years with GCWIN.

Hank Shell can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19610.

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