For most of the men and women reading this letter, water is what comes from the faucet; wastewater is what gets flushed down the toilet. To me it is much more than that!
For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Rick Sackbauer and my experiences in water and wastewater have spanned nearly two decades. That is why I am asking for your support this May 6 as I ask voters to return me to the Eagle River Water and Sanitation Board, director District 1.
My experience includes statewide, regional and local participation on water issues. That includes involvement with entities like the Vail Valley Consolidated Water District, the Eagle River Sanitation District, the Eagle Park Reservoir Board, the Northwest Colorado Council of Governments Water Quality and Quantity, participation on the Citizen Advisory Committee to the Denver Water Board, involvement in the Statewide Water Supply Initiative, the Colorado Basin Round Table and statewide experience working with the Colorado Foundation for Water Education.
Under my leadership on the Eagle River Water and Sanitation District Board, we have accomplished some great things, including the Black Lakes Expansions and Agreement on Summer Water with the CWCB, the Gore Creek Water Quality Improvement Plan, instigation of the Vail Golf Course irrigation system, the treated water component of the Ski and Snowboard Club Vail Golden Peak snowmaking system, the interconnection of Water Systems from East Vail to Edwards, and the snowmaking pumpback with Vail Resorts for municipal use.
I also have experience on the wastewater side of the equation. I am particularly proud of my work on the Wastewater Master Plan for the plants in Vail, Avon and Edwards and also the planning of the Wolcott Wastewater Facility.
If re-elected, I will bring expertise on the issues that face our community — important issues such as the eastern slope wanting Colorado River water when there is no surplus, the Department of the Interior wanting to federalize the Colorado River and the Environmental Protection Agency wanting to put even more stringent requirements on our wastewater facilities.
At the end of the day, it’s more than turning the faucet on and off. It’s more than flushing the toilet.
Water in our community has been and must remain apolitical. A major part of our community’s success is about water be it drinking, snowmaking, and/or recreation. If re-elected to the Eagle River Water and Sanitation Board, I promise to represent the interests of those that live and own property within the district. And I am always happy to discuss ideas, questions or concerns with anyone who wants to chat with me.
I believe that my experiences and participation in local, regional and statewide water and wastewater issues over the past two decades has given me valuable skills and that I can continue make a positive impact on the future operations of the Eagle River Water & Sanitation District.
I hope you agree.