Papers of Harold G. Evans
Scope and Contents
The Papers of Harold G. Evans consists of documents dated 2001 to 2015. The collection pertains to Evans' service on water-related committees, mainly the South Platte Basin Roundtable. Other groups represented here are the Owens-Hoppe-Salazar South Platte Committee, SWSI (Statewide Water Supply Initiative), and Governor Ritter's South Platte River Task Force. The South Platte Basin Roundtable files include some documentation on other roundtables as well as the Interbasin Compact Committee and the Colorado Water Conservation Board. Evans frequently took copious notes on documents, leaving a record of his thoughts, in addition to formally written documents or presentations by him. Beyond the meetings themselves, the files document water conservation strategies, urban and agricultural water issues, groundwater challenges, and recreational and environmental concerns. Materials include correspondence, meeting minutes and notes, implementation plans, reports, clippings, and draft legislation.
- Evans, Harold G. (Person)
Restrictions on Access
There are no access restrictions on this collection. However, it is stored off-site, so advance notice is required. All "confidential" markings have been determined to be for administrative purposes, not attorney-client protection; therefore, these materials are open for access.
Restrictions on Use
Not all of the material in the collection is in the public domain. Researchers are responsible for addressing copyright issues.
Harold G. Evans is a civil engineer whose career as a general contractor led to his extensive involvement in South Platte Basin water issues. Evans served on a number of local and state water committees for more than twenty years, contributing his engineering, construction, and business expertise.
Evans, born in 1944, grew up in southwest Missouri. He earned his BS (1967) and MS (1968) degrees in civil engineering from the University of Missouri – Columbia. From 1971 through 1990, Evans held a number of positions at Hensel Phelps Construction Company in Greeley, Colorado, including superintendent, project manager, manager of corporate services, district manager, vice president, and executive vice president. He left the company in 1990 to start his own firm, the Evans Group, which focuses on commercial real estate development and construction management consulting services.
Amidst his professional career, Evans became quite involved in water resources issues. He has served on the Greeley Water and Sewer Board since 1997, including 20 years as chair. In 2003 he served on the Owens-Hoppe-Salazar South Platte Committee, which helped draft Senate Bill 73 dealing with agricultural groundwater well augmentation. Evans was involved with the planning effort SWSI (Statewide Water Supply Initiative) from 2004 to 2007 as a member of the Addressing the Gap, Conservation, and Alternative to Ag Dry-Up technical roundtables for SWSI Phase 2.
After the Colorado legislature established the Interbasin Compact Committee and basin roundtables in 2005, Evans dedicated ten years of service as the Weld County municipal representative to the South Platte Basin Roundtable from 2005 to 2015. This group worked with the Colorado Water Conservation Board on writing the first Colorado Water Plan. While a member of the roundtable, he served as chair and vice chair.
During Summer 2007, Evans was a member of Governor Bill Ritter's South Platte River Task Force, charged with making recommendations regarding groundwater well issues. In July 2010, Evans testified before the Subcommittee on Water and Power of the Committee on Natural Resources of the U.S. House of Representatives regarding municipal water resource planning. In 2020, Evans contributed a chapter to and served as publisher of Confluence: The Story of Greeley Water by Gregory J. Hobbs, Jr., and Michael Welsh.
Beyond water-related service, Evans also dedicated his time and expertise to community organizations, including the Greeley Rotary Club, United Way of Weld County, and as a director of the First National Bank of Colorado. Evans received a number of community awards, including Rotarian of the Year and being selected with his wife Carol as the 2011 grand marshals of the Greeley Stampede. Evans and his wife have a son, a daughter, and four grandchildren
6 linear feet (4 record cartons)
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A civil engineer, Harold G. Evans (b. 1944) served on many Colorado water-related committees, largely focused on policy and planning for Greeley Water and Sewer or the South Platte Basin. Evans' papers pertain to this service, largely on the South Platte Basin Roundtable. Beyond the meetings themselves, the files document water conservation strategies, urban and agricultural water issues, groundwater challenges, and recreational and environmental concerns. Materials include correspondence, meeting minutes and notes, implementation plans, reports, clippings, and draft legislation.
Materials in the collection were loosely grouped by organization and chronology upon arrival. This arrangement was refined during processing. Note that because of the overlapping nature of water issues and the extent of Evans' service, some files may be blended together.
The collection consists of 1 series in 4 boxes:
Series 1: Papers, 2001-2015 and undated
The Papers of Harold G. Evans was donated by him in November 2017 with one box added in March 2019.
Processing was completed in December 2022. Materials were removed from binders and inserted in acid-free folders, as were loose materials. Rubber bands and most paper clips and binder clips were removed. Adhesive labels were stapled onto folders. Unmarked publications, unmarked grant applications, duplicates beyond two copies, some self-stick notes, and a file on meeting logistics were removed. Three files related to the Greeley Water and Sewer Board were returned to the donor. Documents with confidential markings were either cleared or removed. Files were rearranged by organization and into rough chronological order.
Note: Title information supplied by the archivist is bracketed. Estimated pagination is preceded by an "e."
- Papers of Harold G. Evans
- Prepared by Patricia J. Rettig
- Copyright 2022
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