Katie Ross

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Role: Engineering Manager, Denver Water

How are you connected to CSU Spur?

My role is the one that most people never think about, helping to plan and manage where the pipes that carry water will be buried — not just at the CSU Spur campus, but across the redeveloped National Western Center. It’s the role that makes sure we’ve used the right material that will last, in the right location. It gives people the ability to turn the faucet and get water.

When did you get involved with Spur and why is it important to you?

I got involved in February 2018 on the planning for the National Western Center. It’s a complicated site, with a lot of history and many different partners involved, including private developers, the city and CSU. And Denver Water is both a utility reviewing the redevelopment plan and a tenant and partner in the development of the Hydro building, which is just one of the 17 projects at the site in our plan review process.

We worked with other utility providers to get all the utilities needed to support the different activities at the site, from offices to events to our own water quality laboratory, and make sure everyone involved in the development knows what is happening.

What outcomes have you seen or do you expect from work at Spur?

The work we did to support the development of Spur and the entire National Western Center changed how Denver Water handles large, multiphase, master-planned projects. We were involved earlier in the redevelopment process, allowing us to work with the development teams rather than coming in after decisions had already been made.

And this is one of the first projects that took a One Water approach, considering the types of water appropriate for the overall development, including the use of recycled water (which wasn’t appropriate for this development), greywater, stormwater in addition to safe, clean drinking water.

What would you like others to know about Spur?

This kind of development, it’s not just a grocery store or an apartment building. When you have multiple phases, building types, partners and types of partners, it gets complicated. There are a lot of projects that will benefit from what we did planning the redevelopment of the National Western Center.

BIDTAH BECKER

Associate Attorney, Navajo Tribal Utility Authority

Ms. Becker has dedicated her career to the Navajo Nation and its natural resources.  She is currently serving as an Associate Attorney for the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority.  Prior to this position, she had the honor of serving as the Director of the Navajo Nation Division of Natural Resources from May 2013 to January 2019, as an appointee of President Begaye and Vice-President Nez, after serving eleven (11) years as an attorney for the Navajo Nation focusing on water rights and natural resources issues.  Continuing her deep interest and passion for water, she serves on the Leadership Team for the Water and Tribes Initiative in the Colorado River Basin, as a Commissioner on the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission, as an appointee of Governor Lujan Grisham, and on the Navajo Nation Water Rights Commission, as an appointee of Speaker Damon.  Ms. Becker is equally passionate about supporting artists and serves as a Trustee for the Institute of American Indian Arts and Culture (IAIA), as an appointee of President Obama.  Ms. Becker is a member of the Nation and lives on the Navajo Nation in Fort Defiance with her husband and two school age children.

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