Great Plains Regional Director Mike Black has announced that Jeff Rieker will succeed Signe Snortland as Eastern Colorado Area Office manager, effective September 15, 2019.
Rieker previously was operations manager for the Central Valley Operations Office, where he oversaw the day-to-day water and power operations of Reclamation’s Central Valley Project (CVP), one of the largest water storage and transport systems in the world. The CVP is comprised of 20 dams and reservoirs, 11 power plants and more than 500 miles of canals and aqueducts within California’s Central Valley.
“Jeff brings a history of technical ability and collaboration with regional, local and international parties on a variety of issues that will benefit Reclamation and the numerous stakeholders,” said Black. “Jeff is a great asset to our leadership team and I am confident he will serve the people of Colorado well.”
Rieker joined Reclamation in 1999 as a student hydraulic engineer in Reclamation’s Technical Service Center. He has served in a variety of positions, including special studies division manager for the Lahontan Basin Area Office, special assistant for the Mid-Pacific’s Office of the Regional Director, and the Mid-Pacific Region’s liaison officer in Washington, D.C.
Rieker holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology and master’s and PhD degrees in civil engineering with an emphasis in water resources planning and management from Colorado State University.
Reclamation is the largest wholesale water supplier in the U.S. and the nation’s second largest producer of hydroelectric power. Its facilities also provide substantial flood control, recreation, and fish and wildlife benefits.