University of Texas, Austin, and his M.S. and his Ph.D. degrees in geosciences from the University of Arizona.


Gordon W. “Jeff” Fassett, P.E., is the National Director for Water Resources at HDR Engineering, Inc. and is based in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Prior to joining HDR in 2006, he was president of Fassett Consulting LLC, where he specialized in water rights, water resources engineering, and water management and policy matters in the western states. Prior to opening his firm in 2000, Mr. Fassett served as the State Engineer of Wyoming from 1987 to 2000. In that post, he directed all policy, technical, and administrative issues of the cabinet-level state government agency responsible for the appropriation, beneficial use, and general supervision and regulation of all waters in the state. In addition, Mr. Fassett was Wyoming’s representative for all of the shared interstate rivers and worked on a variety of river, reservoir, and environmental water management issues, including those within the Colorado River basin. Mr. Fassett received his B.S. degree in civil engineering from the University of Wyoming.


Luis A. Garcia is a professor of civil engineering at Colorado State University, where he specializes in the fields of irrigation and drainage, decision support systems for water resources decision making, and computer modeling and geographic information systems applications. Dr. Garcia has worked on these issues in many locales across the U.S. West, as well as in several foreign countries, including Egypt, India, and Italy. Dr. Garcia received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in civil engineering from Texas A&M University, and his Ph.D. degree in civil engineering from the University of Colorado.


Donald C. Jackson is a professor of history at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. Dr. Jackson’s areas of professional interest are in western U.S. water development and history, and the engineering and political aspects of large dam construction and operations. Dr. Jackson’s books on these topics include Big Dams of the New Deal Era: A Confluence of Engineering and Politics, co-authored with David P. Billington (2006), Building the Ultimate Dam: John S. Eastwood and the Control of Water in the West (1995), and Great American Bridges and Dams (1988). Dr. Jackson has served as a fellow at the Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and as a fellow at The Huntington Library in San Marino, California. Dr. Jackson received



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