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New natural resources official has water rights, projects experience

New natural resources official has water rights, projects experience


Jeff Fassett has been named director of the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources, Gov. Pete Ricketts announced Thursday. 

Now, Fassett works for HDR Engineering Inc. as director of its water rights strategic program and has been involved with water supply, water rights and water resources development projects across several states.

He has a water rights and water resources engineering practice in Wyoming and Colorado for municipal, state government, energy, mining and private landowner clients. 

Fassett has also run his own engineering consulting firm in Cheyenne, Wyoming, that specialized in water rights, water resources engineering and water policy matters. He's a former Wyoming state engineer and chief water resource official. 

He also was a representative for settlement negotiations in the Nebraska v. Wyoming equitable apportionment litigation and led the negotiation and implementation of the Platte River Cooperative Agreement.

“I look forward to applying the knowledge gained from past experiences in this new capacity,” Fassett said in a news release. “Nebraska shares some similarities to the state of Wyoming, and I look forward to building a strategy for the department and the state of Nebraska.” 

Ricketts said Fassett's broad skills will help the department set a strategy that properly balances the many interests in the state's natural resources.

Fassett holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of Wyoming. He is a registered professional engineer in Wyoming and Colorado.

He starts the new job Aug. 3 at a salary of $145,000.



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