National Water Resources Association
It is with a heavy heart that we report the passing of former Congressman and NWRA member Ray Kogovsek. Ray passed away peacefully last night in Colorado. Ray was a longtime friend to western water users and to the National Water Resources Association. His contributions to NWRA were many and included providing great political insights during numerous NWRA Annual
Conventions as a regular contributor to the Inside Washington Panel.
Ray was born and raised in Pueblo, Colorado, a town he called home for his entire life. He served three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives and was on the House Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs (currently the Natural Resources Committee), the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Education and Labor Committee. He was a strong advocate for water users and Colorado's third congressional district during his time on Capitol Hill.
Ray's advocacy on behalf of water users continued after he left Congress. He founded Kogovsek and Associates with Christine Arbogast and they advocated for numerous water projects including the Animas La Plata Project, one of the last major water storage projects developed by the Bureau of Reclamation.
As Congressman Scott Tipton recently noted on the floor of the House of Representatives (see below), Ray was "a man of gentle wisdom". Ray and his wisdom will be missed, but his contributions to Colorado and the western water community will provide benefits for generations to come.
Please join me in sending your thoughts and prayers to Ray's wife, family and friends.
Former Congressman Ray Kogovsek at 2016 NWRA Annual Conference
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