Kowalski, Ted

Author Description

Ted Kowalski leads the Colorado River Program for the Walton Family Foundation. This Program has a long-term goal of ensuring sustainable water resources for the benefit of the environment and the communities that depend on a healthy Colorado River. Previously, Mr. Kowalski was the Chief of the Interstate, Federal and Water Information Section of the Colorado Water Conservation Board. The Colorado Water Conservation Board was established in 1937 to protect and develop Colorado’s water resources for the benefi t of present and future inhabitants of the State. Ted Kowalski managed this section, which is responsible for overseeing the Upper Colorado Endangered Fish, the San Juan River, and the Platte River Recovery Implementation Programs for the State of Colorado. He has also represented Colorado in a number of federal, interstate, and international negotiations related to the Colorado River. He has testifi ed before US Congress, before the Colorado General Assembly, and before a number of water courts and administrative bodies. He has also appeared on Rocky Mountain PBS-Colorado State of Mind, presented at dozens of water conferences and seminars, and written articles for the Denver Water Law Review, The Water Report, and the Colorado Water Law Benchbook. Before working for the Water Supply Protection Section, Ted Kowalski worked for the Stream and Lake Protection Section protecting Colorado’s instream fl ow water rights. Previously, he was employed by the Colorado Offi ce of the Attorney General, as an Assistant Attorney General in the Water Unit where he represented the State Engineer, the Colorado Water Conservation Board, the Division of Wildlife, and other State agencies. He graduated from the University of Colorado School of Law and obtained his undergraduate degree from Cornell University.

Authored Reports

Colorado River Management: Planning, Agreeing & Acting,Colorado River Drought Contingency Plans