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Stan Murphy retires as GM of RRWCD PDF Print E-mail
Written by Holyoke Enterprise   

After serving 6.5 years as the first general manager for the Republican River Water Conservation District (RRWCD), which the Colorado State Legislature created in 2004 to assist the state in meeting the requirements of the Republican River Compact between Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska, Stan Murphy retired from that position June 30.

During his time with the district, Murphy and his staff implemented various federal well retirement programs to convert irrigated land to dryland and permanently retire the wells to assist the State of Colorado to get into compliance.

More than 30,000 irrigated acres have been enrolled in these programs to reduce consumptive use and increase stream flow for future compact benefit.

Another project that Murphy has worked on is the $71 million Compact Compliance Pipeline to deliver ground water from a network of wells northeast of Wray to the North Fork tributary of the Republican River near the Colorado/Nebraska state line to help satisfy compact requirements.

A general contractor for that pipeline project will be designated at the RRWCD Board meeting on July 14 in Holyoke, with plans to deliver water from that pipeline in fall 2012.

Deb Daniel was hired to replace Murphy and has spent the last six weeks undergoing intensive training with him in that area.

Murphy and his wife, Vicki, have lived in Burlington the past 33 years and do plan to remain there in retirement.