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Becky Long - MPA class of 2005

Becky Long



Becky grew up in Summit County where, despite the odds, her family has ranched at 8,500 ft. since the late 1800's. Growing up water was dinner table conversation, opening headgates, clearing ditches and disputes with neighbors over water rights were central to her upbringing. Among these issues she could not help but fixate on a major gap in Colorado water policies: the unequal treatment of environmental needs and traditional consumptive needs of water. Though legal mechanisms exist to level the playing field policies often are not tailored to acknowledge the role of and need for nonconsumptive river flows. While finishing her graduate degree with the SPA, Becky worked as an intern for the Colorado Environmental Coalition (internships work!), during this time she solidified her interest in joining her passion for the natural environment with strong public policy. In 2006 she joined the staff of CEC as the Water Caucus Coordinator and since that time has worked to bring diverse allies together to support policies that conserve, protect and restore our rivers. Her work now may not be as hands on as clearing ditches but with increasing demands and decreasing water supplies the issues are complex, challenging and an inspiring reason to keep coming to work!

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