Mr. Shields has been Interstate Streams Engineer for the Wyoming State Engineer's Office since January 1984, and assists the State Engineer in matters involving Wyoming's water relationships with other states and the Federal Government. Those relations concern water use, administration and development of Wyoming's water resources. He earned Bachelor's and Masters Degrees in Agriculture Engineering from the University of Wyoming in 1981 and 1983, respectively. He is primarily involved with Colorado and Platte River Basin issues and activities in his work for the State Engineer.
As a "headwaters" state, Wyoming is vitally interested in and necessarily gets involved with many issues and water resource activities occurring downstream. Wyoming is party to seven of the 22 interstate river compacts that presently divide the waters of western rivers in the United States. Wyoming is also a party to two United State Supreme decrees governing water allocations. John acts as or assists Wyoming's State Engineer on a number of interstate work groups and committees. He is chairman of the Engineering Committee to the Upper Colorado River Commission and serves as the State of Wyoming's member on the Colorado River Operations Management Work Group and the Technical Work Group to the Glen Canyon Adaptive Management Program. He is Wyoming's representative on the Colorado River Basin Salinity Control Forum Work Group. He is also a member of the Resolutions and Membership Committees for the Colorado River Water Users Association. He is treasurer for the Wyoming Water Association.