Board of Directors
Katherine Morris Chair
Katherine has worked as Grand County’s water quality specialist since July of 2007, providing technical expertise on water protection activities, and managing water quality monitoring programs. Katherine is a technical committee member with Learningby Doing and the Upper Colorado River Wild and Scenic group. She is also on the East Grand Water Quality Board, and has worked extensively on Grand Lake Clarity. Katherine graduated from Colorado School of Mines in 2005 with a master’s in Environmental Geochemistry, and earned her bachelor in English Literature at the Colorado College in 1989. Katherine is a fourth generation Colorado native and was a member of the Eskimo Ski Club, riding the ski train to Winter Park for several years in her childhood.
Kirk is currently the manager for the Winter Park Ranch Water and Sanitation District, and the Silver Creek Water and Sanitation District. Besides sitting on the Grand County Water Information Network Board as Vice President, he is also involved with several other water related Boards. Kirk is also the President of the Colorado River Headwaters Chapter of Trout Unlimited. TU is a water conservation organization. Other water organizations that Kirk sits on are the Northwest Council of Governments Quality Quantity Executive Committee and the Colorado River Basin Roundtable. Kirk has lived in the Fraser Valley since 1971 and has been involved with water issues since 1986 when he was elected to serve on the Fraser Sanitation District Board of Directors.
Amber has been employed with Climax Molybdenum since 2011, a subsidiary of Freeport McMoRan, Inc. As a Senior Environmental Engineer, Amber oversees environmental projects and compliance primarily at the Henderson Mill including areas such as water, waste, land, and air. She received her MS in Environmental Engineering in 2017 and her BS in Environmental Engineering in 2009, both from the Colorado School of Mines. Her undergraduate degree and Master’s degree both had a strong focus in water quality, chemistry, and treatment. Prior to her job with Climax Molybdenum, Amber worked for an environmental consulting company that focused on permitting and compliance for the oil and gas industry. Amber’s interest for water quality and the environment began when she joined River Watch early on through an extracurricular program at her high school. Amber is a Colorado Native and loves the outdoors. She spends her free time mountain biking or skiing.
Will is a local real estate broker and a fifth generation Colorado native. He was baptized in the headwaters of the Colorado River in Grand Lake. He would like the waters to be as clear as they were when his grandparents enjoyed this special interface with Rocky Mountain National Park.
Jen has worked as an Environmental Specialist for Northern Water’s Water Quality Department since 2008. Jen coordinates activities associated with all Northern’s Water Quality Monitoring Programs which includes planning, data analysis and managing a large and ever-growing volume of water quality data from sampling in the Colorado-Big Thompson system. Jen is involved with water quality issues in Grand County and participates in several related water quality groups including the Three Lakes Technical Advisory Group, Grand Lake Adaptive Management Committee and Learning By Doing’s Technical and Monitoring Committees. Jen also participates in various State workgroups related to water quality regulations. She holds a degree in Watershed Science from CSU. Jen is a Colorado native and currently lives in Loveland with her husband, daughter and two dogs. She is an avid gardener and loves the lost art of canning food from her garden. She also enjoys hiking, cooking, and spending time with her family.
Bruce Hutchins has lived in Grand County since 1977. He is the Manager of Grand County Water and Sanitation District No.1, where he has been employed since 1984. Bruce serves as the Chairman of Grand County Mutual Ditch and Reservoir Company, Vice Chairman of East Grand Water Quality Board, Manager of Clinton Water Users of Fraser River Valley, Community Representative for Grand County at the Colorado River Basin Roundtable and member of the North West Colorado Council of Governments Quantity and Quality Committee. He is also a member of the Colorado Water Congress, Colorado Watershed Assembly, Colorado Rural Water Association, Colorado Waste Water Utility Council, Rocky Mountain Water Environment Association, Water Environment Federation, American Water Works Association, Club 20, American Backflow Prevention Association, Grand County Water Information Network and The Special District Association of Colorado.
Jess has worked as an Environmental Scientist for Denver Water since 2015. An ecologist by training, Jess is passionate about wetlands and river ecosystems. Jess currently oversees Denver Water’s river restoration and noxious weed management efforts on the East and West Slope. She also manages Denver Water’s environmental mitigation and enhancement projects in compliance with Clean Water Act/Section 404, NEPA, Endangered Species Act, and FERC hydropower permits. Jess has been highly involved in Grand County’s Learning By Doing Cooperative Effort, where she represents Denver Water on the Management and Monitoring Committees. Jess is a member of the Society of Wetland Scientists, Rocky Mountain Chapter. Jess holds a Master’s degree in Biology from California State University, Sacramento. Jess is proud to call Colorado home, and in her spare time enjoys gardening, hiking, and skiing.
Doug currently is the Operator in Charge and Chief Operator for the Town of Granby, SSA and the Granby/Silver Creek Water & Wastewater Authority. He has an Associate’s degree in Pre-Professional Forestry from Paul Smith’s College of Forestry located in the Adirondacks of New York State. In addition, Doug has the following professional certifications: Level A Water, Level B Wastewater, Level 4 Distribution, and Level 4 Collection. He has been a board member since 2008 of the East Grand Water Quality Board. Doug has been a resident of Grand County since 1988 and is an avid western whitewater boater when the water is available.
Michael is a Senior Water Resources Specialist for the Colorado River District.