On Sunday, Colorado lost one of its great water leaders, former U.S. Representative Ray Kogovsek.
Floyd Ciruli, the Pueblo native who went on to establish Ciruli Associates, one of the best-known polling firms in the West, worked with Kogovsek in his early days in Congress. He said Kogovsek was a natural "networker" but found himself fighting President Jimmy Carter's efforts to cut all water projects out of the federal budget.
"That's when Ray became this ardent defender of natural resources. There he was, trying to explain to Carter why water projects were so vital in the West," Ciruli laughed. "We joked to ourselves that they must have had too much water in Georgia. Ray was the perfect congressman for Pueblo." (Pueblo Chieftain, 5-1-17)Read Pueblo Chieftain: Kogovsek's death shocks political world