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Biography of
Lower Colorado Regional Director
Terry Fulp

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Terrance (Terry) Fulp, Ph.D., was appointed Regional Director of the Bureau of Reclamation’s Lower Colorado Region in September 2012.

Headquartered in Boulder City, Nevada, the Lower Colorado Region is responsible for the operation of Reclamation’s water and power facilities on the last 688 miles of the Colorado River, from Lee’s Ferry in northern Arizona to the Mexican border. Fulp, a Reclamation employee since 1989, oversees programs that implement the Secretary of the Interior’s water master functions on the lower Colorado River, including water delivery, accounting, and contracting, and hydropower operations. Fulp also oversees implementation of the Lower Colorado River Multi-Species Conservation Program, a multi-agency effort to conserve and work towards the recovery of endangered species and protect and maintain wildlife habitat on the lower Colorado River.

Fulp is actively involved in Colorado River operations and management issues, working closely with other federal and state agencies and various stakeholders on issues related to management and use of the river. Prior to his appointment as Regional Director, he served as Deputy Regional Director for the Region. His previous experience also includes serving as Area Manager of the Boulder Canyon Operations Office where he managed and administered the successful Basin-wide effort to develop additional operational guidelines for Lake Powell and Lake Mead, thereby minimizing the effects of long-term drought in the Southwest.

Fulp was the principal investigator for the Department of the Interior’s Watershed and River Systems Management Program, a research program to develop decision support tools for watershed management. With the cooperation of the Tennessee Valley Authority, the effort resulted in the development of RiverWareTM, a sophisticated river operations modeling framework that is now used by several water management agencies – including Reclamation, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and the Corps of Engineers – to plan and schedule the operations of river basin facilities to meet multiple objectives.

Fulp holds a Ph.D. in Mathematical and Computer Sciences from the Colorado School of Mines, a M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado, a M.S. in Geophysics from Stanford University, and a B.S. in Earth Sciences from the University of Tulsa.

Fulp has received numerous awards during his career, including the Superior Service Award, one of the Department of the Interior’s highest for career employees. Fulp was also awarded the Virgil M. Kauffman Gold Medal from the Society of Exploration Geophysicists for his outstanding contribution to the advancement of geophysical exploration.

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