Aspen official picked to lead Ruedi water group

Staff reports

April Long, who has worked for the city of Aspen’s stormwater manager for 10 years, has been named the only finalist for the Ruedi Water and Power Authority’s executive director, the power authority announced Wednesday.

Long, who also manages the city’s Clean Rivers Program, will continue in those roles at reduced hours while taking on the 30-40 hours per month typically required by the Ruedi Water and Power position, according to a news release from the RWAPA.

She will replace Mark Fuller, who announced in February he is leaving after 37 years with the agency. Fuller is expected to stay on with the authority for the next two to three months to help with the transition, according to the news release.

Once her hire is official, Long’s duties will include overseeing the boat inspection program at Ruedi Reservoir, updating and implementation of the Roaring Fork Watershed Plan and strategic planning for future RWAPA projects and policies.

Formed in 1981, the RWAPA is a quasi-governmental body made up of elected officials from Aspen, Snowmass Village, Basalt, Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, Eagle County and Pitkin County.