Southwestern Water Conservation District has announced the confirmation of its new executive director, Frank Kugel.
Kugel was the general manager of the Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District for almost 13 years, and is a registered professional engineer with a civil engineering degree from the University of Colorado-Denver. Kugel was involved in construction engineering in the Denver area before joining the Colorado Division of Water Resources as a dam safety engineer.
Kugel served in the Denver and Durango offices of DWR before moving to Montrose where he ultimately became Division Four Engineer for the Gunnison, San Miguel and Lower Dolores River basins. Kugel joined the UGRWCD upon leaving DWR in 2006. He was a member of the Gunnison Basin Roundtable since its inception and chair of its Basin Implementation Planning Subcommittee.