SWCD Names Steve Wolff as Sole Finalist for General Manager Position

May 13, 2021 – The board of the Southwestern Water Conservation District voted unanimously today to extend an offer of employment to Steven W. Wolff for the district’s General Manager position.  Wolff is expected to begin working virtually and part-time by June 7th. He anticipates full-time, in-person work at the district’s Durango office beginning on July 6th.

Board President Jenny Russell expressed the board’s enthusiasm in extending this offer to Wolff. “Steve immediately stood out in an impressive pool of candidates for the GM position,” said Russell.

Wolff is currently Administrator of the Interstate Streams Division within Wyoming’s State Engineer’s Office in Cheyenne. The Interstate Streams Division oversees Wyoming’s rights and responsibilities outlined in the seven interstate water compacts and three interstate water decrees the state is signatory to. Wolff is also responsible for the development of technical and policy recommendations on inter- and intra-state water issues. The Southwestern board was also pleased and impressed with Wolff’s work with river basin planning efforts of the Wyoming Water Development Commission for each of Wyoming’s seven major river basins.

Wolff’s interstate experience will be invaluable to the Southwestern District in its involvement in complex interstate negotiations on the Colorado River, state and federal water policy advocacy, local water planning efforts, water education, and other critical, water-related matters.

“I am honored to be offered the opportunity to contribute to the District’s leadership on West Slope water issues and look forward to becoming an active part of the Southwestern community.  I thank the board for their confidence in me,” Wolff said. “We are undoubtedly entering a critical period in providing a reliable water supply for all uses, and no place is more significant than the Colorado River basin.  Water management is challenging at a local, regional, and national scale.  I look forward to working with the Southwestern District board and the many stakeholders to define and implement a vision for sustainable water resources in southwest Colorado,” added Wolff.

Wolff currently serves as gubernatorial appointee representing Wyoming to the Western States Water Council, the Colorado River Basin Salinity Control Forum, and the Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Program.  He also currently serves as chair of the Upper Colorado River Commission’s Engineering Committee and the Upper Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery Program’s Management Committee. He will be winding down his representation of Wyoming over the next month.

“We look forward to Steve’s long and productive leadership with the Southwestern District,” concluded President Russell.

The Southwestern Water Conservation District was created by the Colorado legislature 80 years ago to protect, conserve, and develop the water resources of the San Juan and Dolores River basins and to safeguard for all of Colorado the waters of the Colorado River basin to which the state is entitled.

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