First Regular Session

Sixty-second General Assembly

LLS NO. M99­0798.01 Pam Cybyske





WHEREAS, By the Will of Divine Providence, Daries Charles "Chuck" Lile, the former Director of the Colorado Water Conservation Board, departed this life on February 8, 1999, at the age of fifty­four; and

WHEREAS, Chuck Lile served the State of Colorado faithfully for thirty­one years in the area of water resources; and

WHEREAS, Chuck Lile, a registered professional engineer, began his water resources career in July of 1967 in the Office of the State Engineer where he worked for twenty­five years; and

WHEREAS, Chuck Lile was the division engineer of Water District 7 in Durango for fourteen of his twenty­five years with the Office of the State Engineer, where he was instrumental in negotiating the Indian Reserved Water Rights settlement; and

WHEREAS, Chuck Lile was made the Director of the Colorado Water Conservation Board in 1992 where his insight and leadership skills greatly benefitted the Colorado Water Conservation Board and, consequently, the State of Colorado; and

WHEREAS, Chuck Lile, during his tenure as the Director of the Colorado Water Conservation Board, improved and brought new vitality to the Colorado Water Conservation Board loan program by creating several new accounts within the Colorado Water Conservation Board Construction Fund, such as the fish and wildlife resources account, the emergency infrastructure repair account, and the Horse Creek basin augmentation account; and

WHEREAS, Chuck Lile, in response to the Kansas lawsuit against Colorado claiming failure to deliver water to the state line as required by the Arkansas River Compact, helped organize and co­chaired the Arkansas River Coordinating Committee; and

WHEREAS, Chuck Lile served on several state and interstate organizations including the Arkansas River Compact Administration, the Upper Colorado River Compact Commission as alternate commissioner, the Western States Water Council, the Colorado River Salinity Control Forum, and the Colorado Groundwater Commission; and

WHEREAS, Chuck Lile concluded his official career in July of 1998 after serving nearly six years as the Director of the Colorado Water Conservation Board; and

WHEREAS, Chuck Lile was also very involved in community projects, including such organizations as the rotary club, running clubs, school boards, church groups, and youth sports, all of which demonstrated his deep and abiding affection for Colorado and its people; and

WHEREAS, Chuck Lile spent his entire professional career working for water users in the State of Colorado and now his memory deserves their gratitude and deep appreciation for his skill, insight, and leadership; now, therefore,

Be It Resolved by the Senate of the Sixty­second General Assembly of the State of Colorado, the House of Representatives concurring herein:

That, in the death of Daries Charles "Chuck" Lile, the people of the State of Colorado have lost a devoted public servant and an outstanding citizen and that we, the members of the sixty­second general assembly, pay tribute to Chuck Lile for his years of dedicated public service and do hereby extend our deep and heartfelt sympathy to the members of his family.

Be It Further Resolved, That copies of this memorial be sent to Chuck Lile's wife, Leesa Lile, his sons Chip Lile and Chris Lile, his daughter Carrie Lile, all of Durango, Colorado, and his mother Merle Lile, of Pueblo, Colorado.