New BOR director appointed
Director to work with Family Farm Alliance
The Nov. 16
appointment by President Donald Trump of a new director of
the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has drawn exclamations from
the U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and praise
from Family Farm Alliance Executive Director Dan Keppen.
is the first woman to be appointed to the top BOR post,
which oversees the delivery of more than 31 million gallons
of water across the United States.
more than 142 days, I’m excited to welcome Brenda Burman to
lead the Bureau of Reclamation,” said U.S. Secretary of the
Interior Ryan Zinke, in a news release. “Brenda is a veteran
of the Bureau and her extensive experience on water projects
across the country will be an incredible asset for the
Department. After senseless and unprecedented hold-ups in
the Senate, we can finally move forward with key water
projects across the country.”
Klamath Falls resident and friend of Burman’s, praised the
“Brenda is a
proven leader and problem-solver in managing and protecting
our scarce water resources for the benefit of irrigated
agriculture, as well as for urban and environmental uses,”
said Dan Keppen, executive director of the Family Farm
Alliance. “She will bring a balanced and collaborative
approach to the conservation and management of our Western
responded to the appointment in a news release.
“I am deeply
honored for the opportunity to lead this organization,”
Burman said. “The employees of Reclamation are dedicated to
working through the most difficult water issues and managing
water in the West. I look forward to working with Secretary
Zinke, the Administration, and our many partners,
contractors, and customers to solve our most pressing water
forward to working constructively to solve Western water
challenges, as we’ve done in the past, with my friends at
the Family Farm Alliance,” Burman added.
as BOR’s deputy commissioner for external and
intergovernmental affairs and the deputy assistant secretary
during the second term of George W. Bush’s presidency from
2006 to 2008.
She served as
the director of water policy for Arizona’s Salt River
Project as well as the Metropolitan Water District of
worked for The Nature Conservancy and former U.S. Sen. Jon
Kyl, an Arizona Republican.
She earned her
Juris Doctor degree from the University of Arizona College
of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Kenyon College.
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