His colleagues at the River District said they will miss his attention to detail and immense knowledge of the intricacies of the Upper Colorado Endangered Fish Recovery Program and reservoir operations.
“After working with Ray for more than 25 years, it is impossible to fully appreciate the huge legacy he leaves behind, but if I had only one word to use, it would be ‘dedication,’” said Deputy Chief Engineer Dave Kanzer. “Ray has demonstrated a unique dedication to identifying and creatively solving problems that face the Colorado River District.” Tenney will wrap up his work with the District in December. He said it has been a privilege to have the opportunity to serve the people of Western Colorado, and he has enjoyed it all – but especially the people.
“The River District has been a place where ideas came to be cultivated and crafted into successful solutions to problems that most people didn’t even know existed – because they were solved,” he said. “That was very stimulating.”
Once he retires, Tenney plans to hit the snow and the water with his wife: skiing as often as he can, rafting, spending time at local hot springs and learning how to fish. Once it is more practical, he also wants to travel the United States and abroad, seeing family, spending some time on his bike, eating great food and drinking fine wine.