Mike Applegate   Mike Applegate
President, Northern Water Board of Directors
Larimer County
Term: Sept. 28, 1991—Sept. 28, 2019
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Mike Applegate
Mike Applegate
Larimer County
Term: Sept. 28, 1991
—Sept. 28, 2019
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Mike Applegate was appointed to the Northern Water and Municipal Subdistrict boards on Sept. 28, 1991. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Colorado State University. Applegate is the CEO, president and major shareholder in the Applegate Group, Inc., a consulting engineering firm specializing in water resource services in the Western United States. Applegate is a water resources engineer working on planning, water rights evaluation, river basin modeling and design.

He is a member of these professional organizations:

  • CSU Professional Learning Institute
  • CSU Morgan Library Water Tables Committee
  • CSU Civil Engineering Industrial Advisory Committee
  • American Council of Engineering Companies

 Applegate has served as:

  • A CSU advisory board member and guest lecturer on ethics to the College of Engineering since 2008
  • A member of a CSU organizing committee to raise funds for the Water Resources Archives since 2005
  • A CSU advisor to the Civil Engineering Department for strategic direction since 2004

He delivered the commencement address to the CSU Fall 2008 College of Engineering graduating class.

Applegate grew up on a ranch in the mountains west of Fort Collins and learned irrigation via manual labor. In 1972, he filed a water court application for the family ranch and decided to pursue a water resources engineering degree. Applegate has worked as a consulting engineer his entire 36-year career.

Applegate received the George Washington Award for Community Service in 2006 from the American Council of Engineering Companies. He was named Engineer of the Year by the Professional Engineers of Colorado in 1993.

Applegate’s hobbies include stained glass window design and construction, hunting and fishing and woodworking. He and his wife Chris live in Fort Collins and on the Stove Prairie, CO ranch where he grew up. They have two daughters, Samantha and Paige.


  William Fischer
Larimer County
Term: Sept. 28, 2016—Sept. 28, 2020
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Bill Fischer
Bill Fischer
Larimer County
Term: Sept. 28, 2016
—Sept. 28, 2020
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William "Bill" Fischer was appointed to the Northern Water and Municipal Subdistrict boards on Sept. 28, 2016. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Colorado State University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Puget Sound.

Fischer is a shareholder in the law firm of Fischer, Brown, Bartlett & Gunn, P.C., based in Fort Collins, and has practiced law since 1983. His practice emphasizes water and water rights matters. Fischer represents mutual ditch and reservoir companies, municipalities, water users associations, districts and individual water users in all facets of water law. He is a member of the Colorado, Larimer and American bar associations.

Fischer also has served on several boards related to natural resources, water rights and water quality issues in Northern Colorado, including the Water Quality Advisory Committee of the Larimer-Weld Council of Governments, the Natural Resources Advisory Board for the City of Fort Collins and the Fort Collins Water Board.

Sue Ellen Harrison   Sue Ellen Harrison
Boulder County
Term: Sept. 28, 2009—Sept. 28, 2018
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Sue Ellen Harrison
Sue Ellen Harrison
Boulder County
Term: Sept. 28, 2009
—Sept. 28, 2018
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Sue Ellen Harrison was appointed to the Northern Water and Municipal Subdistrict boards on Sept. 28, 2009. She has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Colorado School of Law.

Harrison has been an attorney for 35 years. She has advised boards, commissions and departments and participated in administrative proceedings with a focus on federal and state environmental issues, including water quality, drinking water, wetlands and public utilities regulation. Harrison has also worked for the City of Boulder Assistant City Attorney, the Colorado Water Quality Control Commission, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Legal Counsel, and the State of Colorado Office of the Attorney General.

For nine years, Harrison was a member of the Colorado Water Quality Control Commission. She was the chair of the commission for a year.

Harrison’s law firm, Sue Ellen Harrison PC in Boulder, specializes in:

  • National Environmental Policy Act issues
  • Public Utilities Commission regulation
  • Power purchase agreements (hydropower)
  • Water quality issues
  • Government contracts
  • Federal environmental permitting

Harrison enjoys travel, hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, reading and theater. She lives in Boulder. Harrison has a daughter, Brooke, and a son, Fenton.

Don Magnuson   Don Magnuson
Weld County
Term: Sept. 28, 2004—Sept. 28, 2020
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Don Magnuson
Don Magnuson
Weld County
Term: Sept. 28, 2004
—Sept. 28, 2020
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Don Magnuson was appointed to the Northern Water and Municipal Subdistrict boards on Sept. 28, 2004. He attended Biola University and Colorado State University.

Magnuson worked for Cache la Poudre Management Company for more than 25 years as a water technician and office manager before becoming superintendent. He managed several canal systems in the Cache la Poudre River basin. He owns a ranching operation and has owned a commercial feeding business. Magnuson also has been the General Manager of the Montezuma Valley Irrigation Company in Cortez, CO.

Magnuson’s interest in water began when he was a boy listening to his father and uncles discuss water issues. His father built spreader dams and Magnuson tried to follow his example.

Magnuson spends his spare time pursuing agricultural interests. He and his wife Jeanette live in Eaton. They have two daughters, Regina and Kimberly.

Brad Stromberger   Brad Stromberger
Logan County
Term: Sept. 28, 2010—Sept. 28, 2018
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Brad Stromberger
Brad Stromberger
Logan County
Term: Sept. 28, 2010
—Sept. 28, 2018
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Brad Stromberger was appointed to the Northern Water and Municipal Subdistrict boards on Sept. 28, 2010. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in animal science from Colorado State University.

Stromberger and his family own and operate a 3,000-acre irrigated farm near Iliff, CO. They grow corn, kidney beans, alfalfa and wheat. The farm has been in Stromberger’s family since 1969.

Stromberger is one of founding directors of the Lower Logan Well Users and its current president. Logan Well Users augments approximately 140 groundwater wells.

Stromberger also helped establish the District 64 Reservoir Company, which acquired 100 percent of Ovid Reservoir’s assets.

Stromberger is the vice president of the Lower South Platte Water Conservancy District board.

He is on the parish council for St. Catherine’s Church of Siena.

Stromberger enjoys doing 4-H projects with his family. He and his wife Jonna live in Iliff and have three daughters: Brooke, Alli and Bailey.

Brad Stromberger   Dale Trowbridge
Weld County
Term: Aug. 15, 2014—Sept. 28, 2019
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Dale Trowbridge
Weld County
Term: Aug. 15, 2014
—Sept. 28, 2019
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Dale Trowbridge was appointed to the Northern Water and Municipal Subdistrict boards on Aug. 15, 2014. Trowbridge is the general manager of the New Cache La Poudre Irrigating Company and its subsidiaries. He has 20 years of experience managing irrigation and reservoir facilities and has been a farmer and cattle feeder in the region for many years.
 
He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Management from Colorado State University in 1981.
 
Trowbridge was involved in Cache La Poudre’s construction of the Cornish Plains Reservoir northeast of Greeley in 2005. The project provided an additional 3,000 acre-feet of water storage and increased the efficiency of the canal system.
 
Trowbridge has worked with many water providers and municipalities, including:

  • Northern Integrated Supply Project participants
  • Northern Water
  • City of Greeley
  • City of Fort Collins
  • Central Colorado Water Conservancy District
  • Greeley-Loveland Irrigating Company
  • Water Supply and Storage Company
  • North Weld County Water District
  • North Poudre Irrigating Company
  • Larimer and Weld Irrigation Company

Trowbridge developed the augmentation plan for the Lower Poudre Augmentation Company. The 10-year effort has enabled farmers to continue to pump water for irrigation.
 
He is a steering committee member of the Poudre Runs Through It group. This basin-wide study/action group is seeking ways for agricultural, urban and environmental interests to make the Poudre River the world’s best example of a healthy, working river.
 
Trowbridge’s civic and water organization experience includes:

  • Cache La Poudre Water Users Association, director
  • Ditch and Reservoir company Alliance, current member and past director
  • American Ground Water Trust, aquifer management
  • Weld County Underground Water Users Association, director
  • Preston Ranch Ministries (housing for adoptive families), board president

In 2013, Trowbridge received the Conservationist of the Year award from the West Greeley Soil Conservation District.
 
Trowbridge enjoys going to Colorado Rockies games with his family as well as gardening and traveling. He and his wife Marsha live on a 215-acre farm east of Eaton that has been in Marsha’s family since the 1930s. They have three children: Cory, Nathan and Marissa.