Tribute to Mike Gibsonby Representative Scott R. Tipton
Posted on 2016-01-12
in the house of representatives
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Mr. TIPTON. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in honor of Mr. Mike Gibson.
Mr. Gibson served as the manager of the San Luis Valley Water
Conservancy District, and recently retired after serving 14 years to
the area. He is a standout citizen, demonstrated by his hard work and
dedication to his former job, and was recently named Water Manager of
the Year by the Colorado Division of Water Resources, Division 3 of the
Rio Grande Basin. This is the second time he received this award in
seven years. Mr. Gibson's ability to effectively manage water
reinforces his commitment to excellent service to the people of
The Colorado Division of Water presents this award to a person involved in water management within the Rio Grande Basin who has shown outstanding effort in the management of their water, and demonstrated leadership in the larger water issues facing the basin. Water is a scarce resource in Colorado and the effective management of it is a top priority. Mr. Gibson has consistently demonstrated his ability to manage water and, as a result, has earned multiple Manager of the Year awards, respect from his colleagues, and the gratitude of the Southern Colorado communities which he serves.
Mr. Gibson's passion for water related issues was reflected not only by his work at the San Luis Valley Water Conservation District, but also by his leadership on other organizations, including the Rio Grande Basin Roundtable, Rio Grande Natural Area Commission, and his past duties as president of the Colorado Water Congress. His willingness to collaborate and volunteer speaks to his dedication not only to protecting the basin's water resources but to educating its citizens as well.
Mr. Speaker, Mike Gibson truly deserves the admiration he has received from the Colorado water community over the years. His services were immensely important for the communities in the San Luis Valley, and he is among the very best of the water managers in the Third Congressional District of Colorado. Mr. Gibson's work has been invaluable over the last several years. I applaud him for his outstanding accolades and his successful career, and I wish him well in his retirement.