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President's Reception

Diane Hoppe and Lewis Entz, 2012 President's Award Winners



In celebrating its 10th Anniversary, the Colorado Foundation for Water Education presented its President's Award for lifetime achievement in water education to Senator Lewis Entz and Representative Diane Hoppe. We enjoyed keynote remarks from Senator Mark Udall. Missed it? View photos from the event.

In the spring of the devastating 2002 drought, Representative Diane Hoppe and Senator Lewis Entz steered CFWE into existence.  In the Colorado Water Conservation Board’s water projects bill they co-sponsored that year, the General Assembly established this new statewide non-profit water education organization “to promote a better understanding of water issues through educational opportunities and resources so Colorado citizens will understand water as a limited resource and will make informed decisions.”

Chairs of the House and Senate water and agriculture committees respectively, Hoppe and Entz served on the Foundation’s first Board of Trustees, Hoppe as President.  As the drought deepened into 2003, so did the need to communicate personally with Coloradans about the realities of water use and conservation in a water scarce land.

Together with the other members of the original Board under the leadership of Executive Director Karla Brown, they spurred development of the River Basin Tours, the Water Leaders’ Program, the Citizen’s Guide series to essential water topics and Headwaters magazine, a periodical featuring on the ground stories of water use and conservation.  In the magazine’s inaugural Fall 2003 edition, Hoppe wrote:

"In this issue we recount the 2002 drought—its severity and what it says about our vulnerability to future droughts  . . . growth, legal developments, drought, floods and the use of water in the everyday lives of Coloradans are some of the very public and personal themes we will explore in every issue."

-by Justice Greg Hobbs

Read more about Representative Diane Hoppe and Senator Lewis Entz.


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