by Dalton Carver
Colorado River District Board of Directors appointed the first woman officer in its 82-year history at its quarterly meeting in January. Marti Whitmore, Ouray County resident and veteran in water law, will serve as vice president for two years and have an opportunity to become president in 2021.
Whitmore, who represents Ouray County on the CRD board, has 41 years of experience in the practice of water, environmental permitting and compliance, public lands and natural resources law.
In 1978, she began her law career in a Denver-based firm representing the Denver Water Board, Coors and other clients. It was a good introduction to water, she said, and how important and necessary it is for Colorado. Whitmore grew up in Iowa, and water was never an issue, as it was provided by the Mississippi River.
After relocating to Colorado, she realized...