Montgomery Chair of CWCB

April Montgomery is the newest chair of the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB). Montgomery, a longtime San Miguel County resident, was elected to the position in March. She will serve one term and has served on the board since 2009. April also served as the San Miguel County representative on the Southwestern Water Conservation District board for more than 12 years before becoming the representative for the Southwest Basin Roundtable on the CWCB. Though the chair position will only last for one year, Montgomery’s board position is a three-year term, and she said there are many water issues that need to be addressed. The CWCB is made up of 15 members from across the state representing different basins. Along with working on Colorado-specific water projects, the board works with other western states and federal agencies on water issues. Montgomery said a number of issues will be facing the board this year, including water distribution across the state and developing a draft Colorado Water Plan—part of the state’s effort to create its first-ever comprehensive water strategy. Montgomery works as Programs Director for the Telluride Foundation. She has a bachelor’s degree in government from the University of Virginia, her law degree from the University of Virginia, and is currently a member of the Colorado Bar Association.