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As director of the CWCB, Eklund leads the state’s water policy and planning efforts and heads the development of the Colorado Water Plan. Prior to leading CWCB, Eklund was senior deputy legal counsel to Governor John Hickenlooper, where he focused on key legislative and legal matters, often pertaining to water and natural resources including state water rights, the reorganization of state wildfire responsibilities and groundwater concerns in the South Platte River Basin.