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Rob Veihl

2018 Water Leaders Class

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Rob is currently employed by the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) in the Stream and Lake Protection section. He has spent the past ten years working on the appropriation, acquisition, protection and monitoring of instream flow and natural lake level water rights to preserve and improve the natural environment to a reasonable degree. Prior to his time with the CWCB, he worked for five years on improving the scientific basis for environmental decision making at the National Council for Science and the Environment in Washington DC. Rob double majored in environmental studies and geography at the University of Colorado and more importantly met his wife during his time in Boulder. Rob lives in Denver with his wife, two young children, and their dog Daisy who all keep him active and constantly on his toes.

Nathan Elder

2018 Water Leaders Class

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Nathan is currently the Interim Manager of Raw Water Supply at Denver Water where he coordinates water supply operations and planning. He started working at Denver Water in 2010 after six years working for the National Park Service. He holds a degree in Watershed Science from Colorado State University. Outside of work, Nathan can be found on the trails riding his mountain bike or spending time with his fiancé. 

Katherine Morris

2018 Water Leaders Class

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Katherine has worked as Grand County’s water quality specialist since July of 2007, providing technical expertise on water protection activities including discharge permits, state standards, Grand Lake clarity, NEPA, a stream management plan, and managing water quality monitoring programs. Katherine is the chair of Learning By Doing’s monitoring subcommittee, a member of the Upper Colorado River Wild and Scenic monitoring subcommittee, chair of the Grand County Water Information Network, and serves on the East Grand Water Quality Board. Katherine graduated from Colorado School of Mines in 2005 with a master’s in Environmental Geochemistry, and earned her bachelor’s degree in English Literature at Colorado College in 1989. Katherine is the proud mother of two tall young men, served as a River Watch volunteer for 10 years, and is a fourth generation Colorado native.

Mark Mitisek

2018 Water Leaders Class

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Mark is a Project Manager at Leonard Rice Engineers, Inc. specializing in regional planning, and hydrologic analyses to support water supply planning objectives and projects throughout the state. Mark’s two professional passions include advancing regional rainwater systems as a viable water supply and applying technology to support decision making and the sustainable use of water.  He holds a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University in Watershed Science. When Mark is not working he is at the archery range or enjoying the outdoors with his wife and kids.

Kent Pflager

2018 Water Leaders Class

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Kent was born in Fort Morgan Colorado in September of 1963; His birth marked the 5th generation of Pflager’s residing in Colorado. Kent and his wife Jan have 5 Children ages 20-26 years old and saw the birth of their first grandchild in 2017. Kent graduated from CSU in 1987 and began his working career with the Monfort Family in by-product and grain procurement.  Retuning to Fort Morgan in 1994 he worked for Cattlco in various management roles before venturing out on his own to start MKT Commodities in 1999. Spring of 2015 brought about another change where Kent was hired as General Manager of Morgan County Quality Water District thus beginning his career in the Colorado water world where he remains to this day. 

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