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Power Manager Change at Grand Coulee Dam

Media Contact: Venetia Gempler, (208) 378-5020, 01/15/2014 09:47
Lynne Brougher,

For Release: January 15, 2014

GRAND COULEE, Wash. - The Bureau of Reclamation announced today that Kerry McCalman of Denver, Colo., has been named the interim Power Manager at Grand Coulee Dam beginning January 15, 2014.

McCalman is Reclamation's Senior Advisor for Hydropower and Electric Reliability Compliance Officer based in Denver. He replaces Mark Jenson who has been the Grand Coulee Power Manager since April 2011.

Jenson will remain at Grand Coulee Dam to lead the Project Management Group, which is directly involved in repairing, replacing, and upgrading power equipment throughout the facility.

"Mark's expertise and experience in leadership and engineering will serve him well in this new role and its unique set of challenges," said Lorri Lee, Reclamation's Pacific Northwest Regional Director. "The Project Management Group, under Mark's leadership, is essential to Grand Coulee Dam meeting its goals of being a safe, updated, world class hydropower and irrigation facility."

Recruitment for a new Grand Coulee Power Manager will begin immediately.

Grand Coulee Dam was completed in 1941 and serves as a multipurpose facility providing water for irrigation, hydroelectric power production, flood control, recreation, fish and wildlife.

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