Local Water Icon Kroeger Passes

A much beloved and well-respected local water icon, Frederick Kroeger, passed away on December 28th at age 97. According to the Durango Herald, the most visible parts of his legacy were Lake Nighthorse, Kroeger Hall and the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College, and the business he founded in 1967--Kroegers Ace Hardware. He served on the boards of the Durango Water Commission for more than 60 years; Southwest Water Conservation District for 55 years; First National Bank for 50 years; Colorado Water Conservation Board for 21 years; and La Plata Electric Association for 13 years.

Kroeger made numerous trips to Denver and Washington, D.C. to lobby state and federal agencies on behalf of the Animas-La Plata Project in Southwest Colorado. “He’s one of the great figures in Colorado water history,” said former Colorado Supreme Court Justice Greg Hobbs in the article. Fred will be sorely missed! For more information on Fred’s incredible life, visit the Durango Herald.