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  • New Director for the Division of Water Resources
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    Published - 10/10/13 - 03:29 PM | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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    (SALT LAKE CITY, Utah) - The Utah Department Of Natural Resources (DNR) is pleased to announce the selection of Eric Millis as the new director for the Division of Water Resources (DWRe). He replaces Dennis Strong, who is retiring at the end of October. Millis was selected from a field of 28 candidates from five states.

    Starting as a water resource engineer in 1988, Eric worked his way up to the River Basin Planning Section Chief, Assistant Director, and most recently Deputy Director. He has served as Deputy Director of the division since 2006.

    “We were fortunate to find the perfect person for the job, right here at DNR,” said Mike Styler, DNR Executive Director. “There were several very good candidates, but Eric has the best combination of skills as we face pressing water issues in the future.”

    Those issues include the implementation of water education and conservation programs; the defense of Utah’s rights to develop and use its entitlements to interstate streams; water planning activities including identifying future water needs; providing technical and financial assistance to encourage the highest beneficial uses of water; the maintenance of accurate and current water supply and land use data for the hydrologic basins in Utah; and, the promotion of cloud seeding operations.

    “It is very humbling to be selected for this position,” said Millis. “I definitely have big shoes to fill, but am very thankful to have worked side-by-side with Dennis. He has shaped who I am professionally, and the wisdom he has imparted to me over the years will definitely play a role as I face difficult water decisions for Utah.”

    “I’m very pleased that Eric has been selected,” said Strong. “He is a very wise and thoughtful person who will carefully lead the state’s decisions on water. This precious commodity will become increasingly important as we continue to grow as a state. Eric will make prudent choices as they pertain to our growth and the environment.”

    Eric majored in civil engineering and obtained his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science Degrees from Brigham Young University. His emphasis was on water resource development, water systems, ground water and soils engineering. During his tenure, Eric has directed and oversaw the management of the Board of Water Resources projects, including the funding programs and oversight of preconstruction work on the Lake Powell Pipeline and Bear River Development projects. He has also been involved with the day-to-day operation of the office, budgeting, personnel, requests for information, presentations, and has represented the Division in the absence of the director.

    Millis will work closely with the Board of Water Resources, which is the policy making body for the division. The Board and the division administer the Revolving Construction Fund that has assisted almost 1,400 water projects throughout the state. The total value of the projects is more than $2 billion.

    There are 45 full time staff members in the division which plans, conserves, develops and protects Utah’s water resources.

    Eric lives in Bountiful with his wife, Lynn. They have five children.

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