Jaralyn Beek Named Deputy Regional Director of Reclamation's Great Plains Region

Media Contact: Mark Andersen, 406-247-7610

For Release: August 18, 2003

The Bureau of Reclamation’s Great Plains Regional Director Maryanne Bach announced today that Jaralyn (Jari) Beek has been named Deputy Regional Director. She starts her new position in Billings, Mont., on August 18.

"We are very pleased to have someone with Jari’s broad experience at various levels of the Reclamation organization assume this key position," Bach said.

As Deputy Regional Director, Ms. Beek will assist the Regional Director in guiding the work of the region. She will work closely with public and private institutions and individuals who have an interest in water and resources management activities in the nine-state Great Plains Region. She will assist the Regional Director in supervising the region’s six area managers and will oversee the equal employment opportunity and public affairs functions, as well as the staff handling legislative and congressional affairs, and significant policy issues within the Region.

Ms. Beek has been Manager of the Resource Services Group in the Regional Office in Billings since November 2000. In that position she oversaw environmental, land and resource issues in support of the operation of the region's facilities. Prior to her Billings position, she was Deputy Manager of the Nebraska-Kansas Area in Grand Island, Neb.

Ms. Beek received a bachelor's degree from Western State College, Gunnison, Colorado, and a master's in public administration with an emphasis in environmental law and policy at University of Colorado, Denver. Her first 3½ years of federal service was with the Veterans Administration. She then worked for the Bureau of Mines, Bureau of Land Management, and Minerals Management Service before joining the Bureau of Reclamation at its Denver Office.

Reclamation's Great Plains Region includes all or parts of nine states extending from the Canadian border adjoining Montana and North Dakota to the southern tip of Texas. The region manages 80 storage dams and reservoirs, 63 diversion dams, and 21 powerplants, and administers more than 1,000 water service and repayment contracts. The region's facilities provide water to irrigate over two million acres of farmland and to meet the culinary water needs of over two million people. The region's powerplants generate over three billion kilowatt hours of electricity each year, enough to meet the power needs of about a quarter million households.

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