According to the Grand County Gazette, former Grand County Manager Lurline Underbrink Curran died on Memorial Day, leaving behind a legacy that included being a key architect of what became known as the Colorado River Cooperative Agreement. Curran spent decades keeping vigil over the headwaters of the Colorado River and was able to negotiate critical deals involving water agencies such as the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District and Denver Water, among others.
Grand County is home to the headwaters of the Colorado River and over the past century has seen vast quantities of the river’s native flows diverted to the Front Range. Curran is credited with helping restore some flows and developing new operating regimes that help reduce harm to the river and to the county’s economy.
Read more about her life here.