Denver Water seeks reps for Citizens Advisory Committee
Water is, arguably, the most fundamental element for the development of civil society. Water issues and the political debates that surround them, especially the nitty-gritty give-and-take of negotiations, are rarely within the purview of average citizens though; especially when the water issues at hand are of a large scale.
But this fall two citizens of Colorado will get the opportunity to have their voices truly heard on water issues. The municipal utility provider, and large-scale trans-basin water diverter, Denver Water is seeking two citizens, one from the western slope and one from a public interest group, to join their 10 member Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) with terms beginning next year.
“The Citizens Advisory Committee provides citizens a unique opportunity to share their voice with Denver Water,” stated Denver Water’s Public Affairs Manager Katie Knoll.
“Letting us hear from our customers as well as people on the West Slope in areas where we work and operate our facilities.”
The CAC is led by its citizen members and serves as an advisory board for the Denver Board of Water Commissioners and Denver Water staff on a variety of issues. The current membership of the CAC is derived from an amalgamation of Denver Water customers and stakeholder groups throughout portions of the state and always includes two representatives from the western slope; one from Mesa, Delta, Montrose or Garfield County and one from Grand, Summit or Eagle County.
The Denver Water CAC was created in the 1970s and according to officials from Denver Water the CAC, “has heard and provided input on a number of issues important to the West Slope. Most recent examples include the Colorado River Cooperative Agreement and plans to expand Gross Reservoir.”
The two openings for the Denver Water CAC are for three-year terms with terms beginning in Jan. 2017 and ending in Dec. 2019.
According to press releases issued by Denver Water the CAC, “typically meets the third Thursday of each month, 5-7 p.m., at Denver Water, 1600 W. 12th Ave., Denver.”
To qualify for a position on the Denver Water CAC applicants must be U.S. Citizens and must have resided in Colorado for at least five years.
Residents from Grand County should take special note of the qualifications required to apply for the Western Slope representative’s position on the CAC. Applications for the Western Slope seat on the CAC must reside in Grand, Summit or Eagle County.
To qualify for the public interest position applicants must be involved with a group determined by the committee to be a public interest group. The applicant can live inside or outside Denver but their water must be supplied through Denver Water, “either directly or through a suburban water distributor.”
Applications are due by the beginning of next week, Monday, Oct. 17. More information about the CAC and application forms can be found at http://www.denverwater.org/AboutUs/CitizensAdvisoryCommitteeCAC/Openings/.
If you would like more information about the process and how to apply contact Heather Stauffer with Denver Water for more information at 303-628-6663.
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