Reclamation Selects New Manager for Bend Field Office

Media Contact: Annette Ross, (208) 378-5322
Dawn Wiedmeier, (509) 575-5848 ext. 255

For Release: June 13, 2013

BEND, Ore. - The Bureau of Reclamation has selected Douglas DeFlitch to serve as the Bend Field Office Manager in Bend, Ore., where he will oversee the management and operation of Reclamation facilities in central and western Oregon.

DeFlitch's new assignment includes four Reclamation projects including the Crooked River, Deschutes, Rogue River and Tualatin Projects. Some of the major programs he will be involved in include the Rogue River Project Biological Opinion implementation, the development of the Deschutes Habitat Conservation Plan, and Scoggins Safety of Dams issues.

"Douglas' wealth of experience in water management and leadership will be a tremendous asset to this office," said Dawn Wiedmeier, Deputy Area Manager for Columbia-Cascades Area Office. "We look forward to having him join our team."

Prior to accepting the position, DeFlitch served as a Supervisory Hydrologist for Reclamation at the South Central California Area Office. He has been with Reclamation since 2006. Before his federal career, he was a Water Resources Specialist for the Friant Water Users Authority and Geologist for ENSR Corporation in Pittsburgh, PA.

DeFlitch holds both a bachelor's and a master's degree in Geology from the University of Pittsburgh and California State University, respectively. He is a recent graduate of the USDA Graduate School Executive Leadership Program. Douglas will begin his new position in Bend on June 17.

The Bend Field Office is located in central Oregon and is one of four field offices under the Columbia-Cascades Area Office headquartered in Yakima, Wash.

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