As director of the CWCB, James leads the state’s water policy and planning efforts and is heading up the development of the Colorado Water Plan. Prior to leading CWCB, James was senior deputy legal counsel to Governor John Hickenlooper, where he focused on key legislative and legal matters, often pertaining to water and natural resources including state water rights, the reorganization of state wildfire responsibilities and groundwater concerns in the South Platte River Basin.
While at the State Attorney General’s office from 2006 to 2010, Eklund provided legal expertise on many issues central to water policy and planning in Colorado. He represented the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, CWCB and the State Engineer’s Office in compact negotiations with other western states, the federal government and Mexico. He provided counsel related to compliance with the Endangered Species Act and water quality laws, and worked in several roles to protect state interests on the Colorado River. Eklund is a fifth-generation Coloradan from the Western Slope.
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