Board of Directors
Principal, AMEC Environment & Infrastructure, Boulder
One of the founders of Hydrosphere, now part of AMEC Environment & Infrastructure, Lee Rozaklis has over 30 years’ experience in water resources management. He holds an M.S. in Environmental Engineering from Stanford University and a B.S. in Environmental Biology from the University of Colorado. Currently, his work with AMEC focuses on systems modeling, water rights engineering and litigation support, demand management, and climate change analysis. Much of Mr. Rozaklis’ experience involves analyses of water resources systems in complex physical and institutional settings. Lee has served as project manager and key technical analyst in several major water management and municipal water supply studies in Colorado, including the Upper Colorado River Basin Study, the Metropolitan Water Supply Investigation, and the Denver Basin and South Platte River Basin Technical Study. Lee also provides a wide range of services to the City of Boulder.
William A. (Bill) Paddock
Member, Carlson, Hammond & Paddock, LLC, Denver
Bill Paddock was born in Boulder and studied in Colorado to receive his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado and his J.D. from the University of Colorado, School of Law. Bill joined the water unit of the Colorado Attorney General’s Office, representing state agencies in water rights matters. He served as the legal advisor to Colorado’s Compact Commissioners on the Arkansas River Compact and the Rio Grande Compact. Mr. Paddock also supervised on-going litigation over federal reserved rights and Indian reserved rights in Colorado. In 1986, he joined in founding Carlson, Hammond & Paddock, L.L.C. of which he is now the manager. Bill’s diverse practice includes representing agricultural, municipal, and industrial clients in water rights and water quality matters. Bill often speaks on water rights and water law at continuing legal education and engineering seminars, has authored numerous articles, and is 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, Inc., a team of Certified Public Accountants in Aspen. Prior to moving west, Michael worked as a CPA for Witt Mares, PLC, and its predecessor firm Graham, Carter, and Jennings, for over twenty years. During that time, he served as the Director of both the firm’s Tax Division and its General Practice Division. Not only a CPA, Michael is also a Certified Valuation Analyst with a great deal of experience in business valuations. Michael has served on a number of boards and committees, including Habitat for Humanity and Rotary Club, and he currently serves on the Roaring Fork Business Community Center Board. Michael is an avid outdoorsman, and he enjoys exploring Colorado’s mountains, waterways, and scenic landscapes when he is not volunteering his time with one of a number of worthy causes.
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.
Governmental Affairs Officer, Metro Wastewater Reclamation District, Denver
Barbara Biggs, Governmental Affairs Officer for the Metro Wastewater Reclamation District in Denver, Colorado, heads 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 has been with the Metro District for 23 years and is 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. Ms. Biggs also leads the District’s Communications Team, which is responsible for all stakeholder and governmental outreach, for the new Northern Treatment Plant currently under construction. 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.
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. Davis
Water Resources Manager, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Denver
Alex Davis joined Colorado Parks and Wildlife as their Water Resources Manager in August 2013. Prior to that, she worked at 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. Ms. Davis 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.
Editor, TROUT Magazine; Editor-at-Large, Field & Stream, Pine
Kirk Deeter was appointed Editor of TROUT magazine, Trout Unlimited’s national publication, in March 2012. Kirk is an editor-at-large for Field & Stream magazine, the leading outdoor publication in America. With Tim Romano, Kirk co-writes “Fly Talk,” a blog on Fieldandstream.com. Mr. Deeter is also editor-in-chief of Angling Trade, the trade magazine covering the fly fishing industry in North America. Kirk is known for his wild story angles, and he has earned various awards including honors from the Outdoor Writers Association of America; Boating Writers International, Inc.; Independent Book Publishers; and The Times of London. Kirk has authored five books and has travelled the world doing what he loves: fishing and writing about it.
Water Resources Division Manager, City of Thornton
Emily is the Water Resources Division Manager at the City of Thornton. She has over fifteen years of experience in Water Resources, and has worked on a variety of projects, including negotiations with other water providers and the evaluation and acquisition of water supplies and facilities for Thornton. During her time as manager, Emily has overseen the expansion of Thornton’s Water Conservation program, the development of multiple raw water facilities for the City, and the successful negotiation of several water-related 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 has been a member of the AWRA Colorado Section Board of Directors since 2010, 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 giant dog. She also volunteers as a Big Sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado.
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.
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.
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.
Michael F. Browning
Partner, Porzak Browning & Bushong LLP, Boulder
Mike Browning is a founding partner of Porzak Browning & Bushong LLP in Boulder, Colorado, where his law practice focuses on real estate and water rights. A native of Montana, Mike graduated from the University of Montana in 1974 with a B.A. in Liberal Arts. He received his law degree from Yale Law School in 1977 and was admitted to the Colorado bar that same year. For fifteen years, Mike served as the editor of water law articles for The Colorado Lawyer and has himself authored a number of publications. A past Vice President and Board member of the American Alpine Club, Mike is an avid outdoorsman. He summited Mt. Elbrus in July, 2012, joining the ranks of only several hundred mountaineers who have completed the Seven Summits. Mike Browning served as Colorado Water Trust Board President from 2001 to 2013.
David L. Harrison
Of Counsel, Moses, Wittemyer, Harrison and Woodruff, P.C., Boulder
David Harrison received his B.S. in civil engineering, hydraulics and his law degree from the University of Colorado, School of Law. Mr. Harrison was instrumental in the development of Colorado water law concerning complex water rights transfers and plans for augmentation. He was a member of the Board of Governors of the Nature Conservancy from 1980-1990. From 1990 through 1997, David was a member of the Colorado Water Conservation Board. Mr. Harrison has authored several professional articles on water resource matters focusing on ground water-surface water issues, instream flows, and ecosystem management matters. Mr. Harrison has retired from Moses, Wittemyer, Harrison and Woodruff, P.C., but he continues of counsel. He now works as a senior advisor to The Nature Conservancy’s Global Freshwater Team focusing on ecologically sustainable hydropower at several demonstration projects, including the Yangtze River Basin in China.
Of Counsel, Berg Hill Greenleaf & Ruscitti LLP, Boulder
Peter Nichols practices water law, water quality law, environmental law, and land and water conservation law. Peter has particular expertise in the federal Clean Water Act and water rights, conservation easements involving water rights, and the temporary use of agricultural irrigation water rights to meet municipal needs. Mr. Nichols served as the first Executive Director of the Colorado Water Trust. He is the principal co-author of several books, including Water Rights Handbook for Colorado Conservation Professionals and Acquiring, Using and Protecting Water in Colorado. Peter has been published in many scholarly legal journals, and he is a frequent presenter on water and conservation issues. Mr. Nichols earned a J.D. from the University of Colorado, School of Law; he holds an M.P.A. from University of Colorado Boulder and a B.A. from The Colorado College. Peter is an avid climber, skier and cyclist, as well as a former (and still occasional) international mountaineering guide.
Shareholder, Hill & Robbins, P.C., Denver
David Robbins is president and co-founder of Hill & Robbins, P.C., where his practice focuses on water and natural-resources law, water quality, and environmental law. Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Robbins served in the U.S. Army and with the U.S. EPA. David joined the Colorado Attorney General’s Office as a First Assistant Attorney General for the Natural Resources Section; he was later appointed the Deputy Attorney General. Mr. Robbins represented the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) and successfully defended the constitutionality of the state’s first instream flow protection law in both the trial court and before the Colorado Supreme Court. Mr. Robbins has served on the CWCB, the Colorado River Salinity Control Forum, and the Colorado River Salinity Control Advisory Council. A member of the Colorado Water Congress, David has served on its board of directors for many years and as its Board President in 2005-06. In 2012, he was named Colorado Water Leader of the Year.
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 CWT 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 CWT Board of Directors almost since its inception. His passion for the environment, creativity, and quiet, thoughtful approach to complex problems helped guide the 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.