Board of Directors
Michael A. Sayler, P.E.
Principal, Bishop-Brogden Associates, Inc., Englewood
Michael Sayler, Principal of Bishop-Brogden Associates, Inc., has over twenty years’ experience in water resources engineering and planning. Mr. Sayler has managed projects involving water rights and hydrologic analyses throughout Colorado and in neighboring states. Mr. Sayler has extensive experience analyzing changes of water rights from agricultural to other beneficial uses, and in water rights administration in the various river basins in Colorado. Mike has also managed projects including model development and review for water rights and water availability studies in the Cache la Poudre, South Platte, Arkansas and North Platte River Basins. Mr. Sayler has managed numerous historic use investigations for water rights in the South Platte, North Platte, Arkansas and Colorado River Basins and has served as an expert witness in water court testimony.
William A. (Bill) Paddock
Member, Carlson, Hammond & Paddock, LLC, Denver
Mr. Paddock is a 1978 graduate of the University of Colorado School of Law. He began his career in the water unit of the Colorado Attorney General’s Office and during his tenure there represented state agencies in water rights matters. In 1986, Mr. Paddock joined in the founding of Carlson, Hammond & Paddock, L.L.C., in Denver, Colorado. He has a diverse practice that includes, among other things, representing agricultural, municipal, and industrial clients in water rights, water quality, federal land use, and environmental matters. Mr. Paddock has tried numerous water rights cases in his career, many of which have involved complex groundwater modeling. He has authored numerous articles, including law review articles on the 1906 Convention that allocated water of the Rio Grande between the United States and the Republic of Mexico, and on the Rio Grande Compact of 1938. Mr. Paddock is also the Colorado Reporter for the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation’s Water Law Newsletter.
David C. Taussig
Partner, White & Jankowski, LLP, Denver
David Taussig is a fourth generation native of Colorado, who got his feet wet in water matters on the end of a shovel irrigating mountain hay meadows on the family cattle ranch near Kremmling. He learned the consumptive end of the water business early on, but finds the community benefit from non-consumptive water uses for fishing and recreation to be equally important. He joined White & Jankowski in 1989. Dave has litigated or negotiated to successful conclusion a number of complex water rights cases and has an active practice in water rights transactions. While Dave’s heritage stems from his grandfather’s historic court battles in Denver v. Sheriff and Taussig v. Moffat Development Co., and he is not opposed to litigation when necessary, he has successfully negotiated various water-related agreements for numerous clients.
Certified Public Accountant, Reese Henry & Company, Inc., Aspen
Michael Carter, a native of Virginia, relocated to Colorado in 2007 to join Reese Henry & Company, a team of Certified Public Accountants in Aspen. Prior to moving west, Michael was a senior partner in a regional CPA firm headquartered in Virginia, serving as Director of both the firm’s Tax Division and its General Practice Division. Michael is also a Certified Valuation Analyst with extensive experience in business valuations matters. Michael has served on a number of boards and committees, including Habitat for Humanity and Rotary International, and he currently serves as an advisor to the boards of Stepping Stones of the Roaring Fork Valley, Ascendigo Autism Services, and Legends of Aspen Foundation. Michael loves the outdoors, and spends as much time as possible exploring Colorado’s mountains, waterways, and scenic landscapes on foot, on a bike, or in a boat.
Assistant General Manager, Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District, Berthoud
Alan is a native Coloradoan and has worked for the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District since 1995. He is currently the Assistant General Manager overseeing the Engineering Division. Alan has a B.S. in Civil Engineering and a M.S. in water resources from Colorado State University. He has over 40 years of experience in the areas of water resources, water rights, and water administration. Before working with Northern Water, Alan worked for the Colorado Division of Water Resources, including ten years as the Division Engineer for the South Platte basin. Prior to that, he was a consultant in the area of water resources engineering and river mechanics. In his spare time he keeps himself busy on a small farm.
Editor-in-Chief, The Drake, Denver
Tom Bie is the founder, publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of The Drake, a quarterly magazine for flyfishing enthusiasts. He started the magazine in 1998 in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and grew it from a thirty-two-page newsprint rag to a respected, 124-page glossy. Prior to taking on The Drake full-time, Tom served in numerous editorial positions, including as Editor-in-Chief of Powder Magazine for three years; Editorial Director of Bike, Climbing, Canoe and Kayak, and Powder magazines; and as Senior Editor of Skiing magazine. He also served as an outdoor columnist and sports editor for the Jackson Hole Guide for six years, while working as a flyfishing guide on Wyoming’s Snake River. Tom graduated from Oregon State University in 1991 with a degree in journalism.
Client Service Leader, CDMSmith, Denver
Barbara Biggs, Client Service Leader at CDMSmith, provides lasting and integrated solutions in water, environment, transportation, energy and facilities to public and private clients worldwide. Previously, Ms. Biggs served as the Governmental Affairs Officer for the Metro Wastewater Reclamation District in Denver, Colorado, for 23 years. There, she lead the District’s Governmental Affairs and Water Quality Division. The Metro District provides wholesale wastewater treatment service to 1.7 million people, or roughly one-third of Colorado's population, through 60 separate local governments in the metropolitan region. Ms. Biggs was responsible for all aspects of the District’s federal, state and local governmental and regulatory affairs as well as the District’s water quality monitoring and assessment activities and all stakeholder and governmental outreach for the new Northern Treatment Plant. She has a B.S. degree, cum laude, in finance and accounting from the University of Colorado and extensive experience in municipal and special district finance. In January 2013, Ms. Biggs was appointed by the Governor to the Colorado Water Quality Control Commission. Ms. Biggs previously served three terms on the Colorado Water Conservation Board (2004-2013) representing the City and County of Denver; serving as the Board’s Chair in 2005. In January 2010, Ms. Biggs was named Chairman of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) Water Quality Committee, and actively serves on a number of the organization’s other committees and work groups. She previously served two terms on the Colorado Water and Wastewater Facilities Operator Certification Board.
Rancher, Reeder Creek Ranch, Kremmling
Paul is the 5th generation of the Bruchez family to farm and ranch in Colorado. He currently operates the family ranch near Kremmling with his brother and father. Paul and his family raise cattle and irrigate with water from the Colorado River, the Williams Fork River and Reeder Creek. After graduating from the University of Denver in 2003, he started a fly fishing business to help diversify income. Working in agriculture and being a fishing guide has given Paul a unique perspective on water resources. Paul is currently spearheading a 12-mile restoration of the Colorado River with 12 landowners collaborating to sustain agriculture and the environmental health of the river. After participating with the Colorado Basin Implementation Plan, he was selected to be the voting Agriculture Representative to the Colorado Basin Roundtable in the spring of 2015. He is committed to working on permanent solutions for sustaining agriculture and healthy rivers in the face of a growing population.
Senior Fellow, Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy, and the Environment at the University of Colorado
Anne Castle is a senior fellow at the Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy, and the Environment at the University of Colorado, focusing on western water issues. From 2009 to 2014, she was Assistant Secretary for Water and Science at the U.S. Department of the Interior where she oversaw water and science policy for the Department and had responsibility for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Geological Survey. While at Interior, Castle spearheaded the Department’s WaterSMART program, which although not an entirely original name despite best intentions and multiple trademark searches, provides federal leadership on the path toward sustainable water supplies. She was the driving force behind the 2010 federal MOU addressing sustainable hydropower, the largest, least respected, and most vilified form of renewable energy in the country. Castle also provided hands-on leadership on Colorado River issues and was the Chair of the Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Work Group and a champion of Minute 319 between the US and Mexico. The fact that the Colorado River descended further and further into drought during her tenure is generally believed not to be her fault. Castle is a recovering lawyer, having practiced water law for 28 years with the Rocky Mountain law firm of Holland & Hart.
John Currier, P.E.
Chief Engineer, Colorado River Water Conservation District, Glenwood Springs
John Currier is a fourth generation west slope native with family roots that run deep in irrigated agriculture in both the Grand Valley. He is the Chief Engineer for the Colorado River Water Conservation District where he is responsible for managing all technical activities of the District as well as guiding the District’s technical and policy direction. He has 30 years of experience in the public and private sectors in the operation and management of large water resource projects, water policy development, water supply planning, water rights analysis and administration, surface and ground water analysis, well design and construction, and hydraulic structure design. As an engineering consultant, clients included the state, municipalities, special districts, ski areas, industrial water users, farmers and ranchers, conservancy districts and development interests. He is honored to serve on the Colorado Water Congress board of directors. He is an avid mountain biker and chances are that’s where you can find him.
Alexandra L. (Alex) Davis
Water Resources Division Manager, Aurora Water, Aurora
Alex Davis joined Aurora Water in June 2015 to lead its Water Resources Division. Prior to that, she worked at Colorado Parks and Wildlife as their Water Resources Manager from 2013-2015. Ms. Davis had also been with GBSM, bringing years of experience to the Denver-based strategic services and communications firm. Alex is one of Colorado’s most respected authorities on water and natural resource issues. She was the Assistant Director for Water at the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, and she was a First Assistant Attorney General for the Water Rights Unit where she litigated cases for the State Engineer's Office, the Colorado Water Conservation Board and the Division of Wildlife. She has served on numerous boards and committees including the Colorado Ground Water Commission, Colorado Water Conservation Board, Western States Water Council, Governor Ritter’s South Platte Task Force, Colorado Foundation for Water Education Board and the Colorado Supreme Court Water Rules Committee. She is a graduate of Pitzer College in California and the University of Colorado, School of Law.
Partner, OnSight Public Affairs, Denver
Curtis Hubbard is a partner OnSight Public Affairs, one of the Rocky Mountain region's leading consulting firms for political, governmental and corporate affairs. He joined OnSight in 2013 after working for nine years at The Denver Post, most recently as Editor of the Editorial Page. Over a 20-year career in journalism, Curtis established himself as a leader in both the print and new media environments. Working for news organizations in Jackson Hole, Boulder, and Denver, he received numerous individual and team awards and covered some of the region’s most notable events of the last two decades while developing expertise on politics and policy at the federal, state and local levels. From 1993 until 1999, Hubbard worked as a reporter and then editor of the Jackson Hole Guide. In 2000, he moved to Boulder, where he worked for four years as editor at The Daily Camera. From 2004 through 2006, Hubbard led the Post’s coverage of Colorado and the Rocky Mountain West as state editor. He served as politics editor from January of 2007 until June of 2011, when he was named editorial page editor. His specialties include media relations, social media, project management and campaign communication. Curtis is a sixth-generation Coloradan who lives in Louisville with his wife Katie, two daughters, and a spoiled Goldendoodle named Moose.
Water Resources Division Manager, City of Thornton
Emily is the Water Resources Division Manager at the City of Thornton. Highlights of her water career include managing the expansion of Thornton’s Water Conservation program (www.thorntonwater.com), the development of multiple raw water facilities for the City, and the successful negotiation of several collaborative agreements with other water providers. Emily had the privilege of participating in the Colorado Foundation for Water Education’s first Water Leader’s Program in 2006. She was a member of the AWRA Colorado Section Board of Directors from 2010 to 2014, serving as Secretary in 2011 and President in 2013. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Colorado Water Congress. Emily is a second generation Colorado native, and she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Geology from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and her Master’s degree in Geography from the University of Denver. When not at work, Emily enjoys being outside, achieving mediocrity in various sports, and spending time with her dog, Huckleberry. She also volunteers as a Big Sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado.
Shareholder, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, Denver
Wayne Forman is a shareholder with the law firm of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck. His practice encompasses land and water issues including water law, land use litigation, condemnation and environmental law and litigation. He represents private and public clients throughout Colorado on water rights matters and has extensive experience in land use litigation and water quality and wetlands matters. Throughout his 30-year career, Wayne has helped navigate a number of complex water and land use issues for energy companies throughout the Rocky Mountain region. Wayne’s expertise is integral in establishing balance between state and local regulation of Colorado’s oil and gas industry. He is a leading spokesman on the risks of taking claims associated with bans, moratorium and setbacks on hydraulic fracturing, having presented on that issue to the Governor’s Oil and Gas Task Force and other organizations. Wayne holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Colorado Law School and a Bachelor of Science degree from the Cornell University.
Co-founder, White & Jankowski, LLP, Denver
Dave Jankowski is a graduate of Trinity College and Cornell Law School, who has enjoyed practicing water rights law in Colorado and other western states for 40 years. In 1984, with Sandy White, he founded White & Jankowski LLP, where he continues to represent a diverse selection of governmental, agricultural and corporate water users. Dave’s interest in the importance of streamflow protection was captured early in his career by participation in significant federal reserved right litigation in Colorado, where he assisted in preparation of the Master-Referee ruling in the Division 4, 5, and 6 federal claims cases, and Wyoming in which he represented the State of Wyoming in the adjudication of federal Indian and non-Indian reserved right claims. Both matters included massive instream flow claims under federal law. Dave is a former chair of the board of the Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado, Inc., and remains active in raising funds for legal services for the indigent. He continues to believe a day in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains is a day well spent.
Erin M. Wilson
Principal, Wilson Water Group, Denver
Erin Wilson has more than 20 years of experience in basin-wide water resources planning and modeling, and is the principal owner of Wilson Water Group. She has a strong background in water resource planning, consumptive use modeling and surface water allocation modeling. For over 15 years, Erin has worked to develop the Colorado Decision Support System. Erin routinely publishes and presents at local and national conferences, and she provides training to state and federal staff, non-profit organizations and other water resource consultants. Erin is a Colorado native with degrees in Geophysical Engineering from Colorado School of Mines and Civil Engineering from Colorado State University. She is a registered Professional Engineer in Colorado and Wyoming. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Colorado Water Congress. Erin is a life-long skier and enjoys playing golf with family, friends and colleagues.
Dr. Leo Martin Eisel was one of the founding members of the Colorado Water Trust, responsible, in part, for its creation in 2001. Since that time, Leo shaped the Colorado Water Trust as he occupied the office of Secretary for over a decade, sat on every committee, ventured into the field to help formulate solutions to streamflow issues, missing one Water Trust meeting in that time. Dr. Eisel received his Ph.D. in engineering from Harvard University in 1970, a master’s degree in hydrology from the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, and a bachelor’s degree in forestry from Colorado State University. Dr. Eisel was a water resources engineer of near-unique experience and credentials, with experience in all sectors including state and federal government, private industry, the NGO sector, and academia.
David Getches served on the Colorado Water Trust Board of Directors almost since its inception. His passion for the environment, creativity, and quiet, thoughtful approach to complex problems helped guide the Water Trust in its formative years. During his life, David served as Dean of the University of Colorado, School of Law. He had previously served as Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources and as an advisor to the Interior Secretary during the Clinton Administration. David authored a number of books and publications on western water issues. He graciously gave his limited free time to a number of causes in which he deeply believed, including the Colorado Water Trust.