Johnson will join us for the Annual Federal Affairs breakfast Friday morning where we will discuss the effects of recent changes in NWRA membership and leadership, as well as the organization’s goals for the upcoming years as they relate to Colorado.
A: One is to make the organization an effective advocate for western water interests within federal agencies and Congress. I would like to re-energize our membership and renew efforts in Washington. The NWRA is a grassroots organization. The work of the association is largely done by its membership. An active membership will be a more effective advocate. Other goals include building the organization’s finances and making the association as transparent as possible.
Q: What is the greatest value the NWRA provides to the state of Colorado?
A: I would hope that the greatest value we can provide is to achieve success for Colorado water entities in dealing with federal agencies and Congress. The association as a whole relies upon all its members for strength. Where there are common needs among the western states, there will be a stronger presence in Washington working to solve common issues for western water.
Q: How do recent changes to the NWRA membership and policies affect your outlook on the upcoming year?
A: I am excited about the upcoming year and I feel good about the support we have from the NWRA Board to move forward with the organizational strategy as outlined at the Fall Conference. Kris Polly and I are energized; the ball is in our court to be effective representatives of the NWRA.
My presentation will focus on the above questions, but will also delve into detail regarding a meeting we had on Jan. 7 and 8th in which we developed our current work plan, as well as the issues and common interests of our member states, and the strategies we will use to achieve our goals with Congress and federal agencies.