New Public Affairs Officer Selected at Grand Coulee Dam

Media Contact: John Redding, (208) 378-5212
David Murillo, (509) 633-9501

For Release: December 20, 2007

The Bureau of Reclamation hired Lynne Brougher as the new Public Affairs Officer for the Grand Coulee Project in north-central Wash. Brougher replaces Craig Sprankle who recently retired from federal service, according to David Murillo, Grand Coulee Dam Power Plant Manager.

Brougher comes to Reclamation after a 20-year career with the National Park Service. She most recently worked for Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area as the Chief of Resource Education where she supervised education and information programs and worked with community groups such as the Coulee Corridor and Ice Age Floods Institute.

"We are very fortunate to have Lynne join our team at Grand Coulee" Murillo said. "Her experience in public information and grassroots coordination activities will be a great asset to our communications effort."

"Each place in which I've worked has been a new learning experience for me," Brougher said. "I am excited to serve at Grand Coulee Dam and assist with needs at Hungry Horse Dam in Montana".

She is a native of Michigan and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geology. She and her husband, Craig, have two children and reside in Wilbur, Wash.

Grand Coulee Dam was completed in 1942 and today serves as a multipurpose facility providing water for irrigation, recreation, fish and wildlife, hydroelectric power production, and flood control. Its visitor center, completely renovated in 2006, serves more than 300,000 visitors each year.

Hungry Horse Dam, located on the South Fork of the Flathead River about 9 miles southwest of Columbia Falls, Mont., was completed in 1953. It serves a major source of hydroelectric power for the Pacific Northwest and a popular tourist destination offering a visitor center and recreation.

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