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Allen is elected chairman of state's Colorado River Board

May 10, 2002|STAFF REPORT

Lloyd Allen was elected chairman of the Colorado River Board of California yesterday at the regular meeting of the board in Monterey.

Allen serves as the Imperial Irrigation District representative on the CRB, appointed by then Gov. Pete Wilson. Allen has served for 14 years on the board.

Allen follows Virgil Jones as chairman. Jones died in April. The board passed a resolution recognizing Jones' service to the board and all the water interests of California. The resolution will be presented to his widow.

"The chairman has many responsibilities in addition to conducting the regular meetings," said Jerry Zimmerman, executive director of the CRB. "The chairman is California's representative at meetings of the Colorado River basin states."

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The CRB is the state agency that helped develop the California 4.4 plan to reduce the state's use of Colorado River water. The board also deals with issues of water quality, salinity and endangered species in the river.

Allen served as an Imperial Irrigation District director from 1982 through 1986. He was re-elected to the board in 1990, 1994, 1998 and this year. Allen served as board president in 1984, 1993 and 1998, and as board vice president in 1992 and 1997.

"I am proud to have this opportunity to serve and only sad it comes after losing such a good friend and dedicated water servant in Virgil Jones," said Allen. "Virgil will be sorely missed by the board, and California's water-industry knowledge has been greatly reduced."

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