Interstate, Federal & Water Information Section

Email  Brent Newman, Section Chief
Call 303-866-3441 x3228
Brent oversees all programmatic areas of the Interstate, Federal, and Water Information section, and is responsible for directing and coordinating the work of section staff members with legal, water resource or administrative coordination expertise. He is responsible for activities relating to the Colorado River Compact, Upper Colorado River Compact and Arkansas River Compact. He also supports the state's participation in the Colorado River Salinity Control Program and is a technical work group member. Brent manages projects and funding associated with section programming and provides section direction, input, and guidance on the implementation of Colorado's Water Plan.

Email Amy Ostdiek, Interstate & Federal Manager
Call 303-866-3441 x3220
Amy manages Colorado’s participation in several state and federal partnerships that involve programmatic, collaborative approaches to water management across state lines. She also helps lead CWCB’s input on federal agency planning processes, especially with regard to recognition of Colorado’s ability to maximize beneficial use of its compacted water, and Wild and Scenic River issues. Amy manages the Water Information team with a particular emphasis on opportunities for additional outreach on CDSS tools and long-term operations and maintenance objectives. She also oversees the Species Conservation Trust Fund, the Wild and Scenic Rivers Fund, and the Litigation Fund. Carlee participates in workgroups and committees for the following programs and organizations:
  • Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Program
  • Colorado River Basin Salinity Control Program
  • Upper Colorado River Wild and Scenic Stakeholder Group
  • Platte River Recovery Implementation Program
  • Western States Water Council
  • Colorado River Basin Fund MOA
Email  Brian Macpherson, Decision Support Systems Specialist
Call 303-866-3441 x3229 
Brian is the Project Coordinator for Colorado's Decision Support Systems (CDSS) in conjunction with the Division of Water Resources (DWR). He is responsible for implementing CDSS in all of the river basins within Colorado, including the design, specifications and project management. Other responsibilities include:
  • Serving as technical advisor and representative of Colorado on issues related to water resource modeling of statewide or interstate concern
  • Managing open source software transition of CDSS software tools (OpenCDSS)
  • Managing Arkansas River Basin DSS effort (ArkDSS)
Email  Jojo LaEndangered Species Policy Specialist 
Call 303-866-3441 x3233 
Jojo manages CWCB's participation in the Endangered Species Act recovery programs. She serves as CWCB's representative to the Platte River Recovery Implementation Program and the Upper Colorado Endangered Fish Recovery Program. She also serves as an alternate on the Upper Colorado Wild and Scenic Stakeholder Group and the San Juan River Basin Recovery Implementation Program. She serves on the following committees:
  • Platte River Recovery Implementation Program Governance Committee, Water Acquisition Committee, Technical Advisory Committee, Land Acquisition Committee, and Finance Committee
  • Upper Colorado Endangered Fish Recovery Program Management Committee and other sub-workgroups
  • San Juan River Basin Recovery Implementation Program Coordination Committee
  • Upper Colorado Wild and Scenic Stakeholder Group Monitoring Committee, Fishing Ad Hoc and other sub-workgroups as needed.
Email  Alex Funk, Agricultural Water Resources Specialist 
Call 303-866-3441 x3201 
Alex serves as the agency lead for the agricultural viability goals identified in Colorado’s Water Plan through regular coordination with the agricultural water community and other state and federal agencies which address agricultural water issues. Other responsibilities include:
  • Managing the Alternative Transfer Mechanisms (ATM) grant program and Colorado’s Water Plan agricultural grants program
  • Serving as Colorado's representative to the Lower Arkansas Water Quality Working Group
  • Assisting in the coordination of Colorado's participation in the Gunnison Selenium Management Program and Colorado River Basin Fund MOA program 
Email  Michelle Garrison, Water Resource Specialist 
Call 303-866-3441 x3213
Michelle is responsible for work on compact and endangered fish issues in the Colorado River basin (Yampa, White, Gunnison and Mainstem). Other areas of responsibility include:
  • Managing Gunnison River hydrology, including the Aspinall Unit Re-operations EIS and the Black Canyon of the Gunnison federal reserved water right
  • Overseeing coordinated reservoir operations
  • Managing of Green Mountain HUP pool
  • Supporting USFWS and CDOW flow recommendations for endangered/native fish

Email  Carolyn Kemp, Data & Technology Coordinator 
Call 303-866-3441 x3212
Carolyn is responsible for coordinating all spatial data efforts within the agency, as well as creating maps and providing spatial analysis. Other areas of responsibility include:
  • Providing CWCB and CDSS Website administration
  • Managing irrigated lands data 
  • Coordinating IT intake and management of technology-based agency projects
  • Facilitating data management
  • Representing the CWCB on department level technical committees

Email  Erik SkeieSpecial Projects Coordinator
Call 303-866-3441 x3260 
Erik provides specialized professional support related to water resource management issues involving the decision support systems and various interstate water issues. This includes the Bear Creek Lake Reallocation Project, Recreational In Channel Diversions, and high groundwater issues. Other areas of responsibility include:
  • Serving as the CWCB representative to the Groundwater Commission, South Platte Basin Roundtable Groundwater Technical Committee, and as backup on committees relating to the Platte River Recovery Implementation Program, Watershed and Wildfire Protection Group
  • Managing grant programs related to groundwater, future water storage, recreational uses, and agricultural efficiencies. 
  • Providing support and outreach regarding Colorado’s Decision Support System
  • Serving as “Court Jester” to the IFWI Section
Email   Andrew Rickert, Weather Modification Program Manager & Section Support
Call 303-866-3441 x3249 
Andrew runs the CWCB's Weather Modification Program; administering permits, grants, and scientific studies. He also assists in administrative duties for the Section, including the following:
  • Arkansas River Compact Administration reporting
  • Water Resource Information Center library management
  • Species Conservation Trust Fund reporting
IT Support

Email Priscilla Sisneros, OIT Desktop Support 
Call 303-866-3441 x3239 
This position is an OIT position and is the primary technology resource for the CWCB, and is responsible for desktop support and network connectivity for the entire agency. Other areas of responsibility include:
  • Researching emerging technologies to keep the CWCB current with new tools and techniques
  • Managing hardware and software resources