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Welcome to the 2009 Briefing Series for Members of Congress and Staff

This year's theme is "USGS Climate Change Science: Exploring the Past, Observing the Present, Forecasting the Future"

Previous Congressional Briefings

Third in the 2009 series

Water Use: Every Drop Counts

Water is our single largest commodity, but we don’t account for our water resources as we do for other important commodities. How has our use of water across the United States changed in the past 50 years? Come learn what the USGS and its partners know—and don’t know—about the Nation’s use of water.

Date: October 30, 2009
Time: 10:00 a.m.

2261 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC


Department of the Interior logoAnne Castle
Assistant Secretary for Water and Science
Department of the Interior

USGS identifier Robert Hirsch
Research Hydrologist
U.S. Geological Survey

David Naftzger
Executive Director
Council of Great Lakes Governors

Western State Water Council logo Sue Lowry
Interstate Streams Administrator
Wyoming State Engineerís Office


Powerpoints: Water Use: Every Drop Counts 
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Speaker Biographies

Anne Castle is the Assistant Secretary for Water and Science in the Department of the Interior, where she oversees water and science policy and has responsibility for the Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Geological Survey. As a partner in the Denver, Colo., office of Holland & Hart LLP from 1981 to 2009, her practice included litigation and multi-party negotiations involving water issues, water related transactions, and advice on water policy and strategy. She was also elected to chair the firmís management committee and served in that position from 2001 to 2004. She has served on the South Platte River Basin Task Force; as chair and elected member of the Board of Directors, Genesee Water and Sanitation District; and as a member of the Colorado Ground Water Commission. She was listed in Best Lawyers in America for water law in 2007 and 2008. Ms. Castle holds a bachelorís in applied mathematics and a doctorate of law, both from the University of Colorado.

Robert M. Hirsch is a Research Hydrologist at the U.S. Geological Survey. In his current position, Dr. Hirsch focuses on methods for better documenting and understanding long-term changes in water quantity and quality in rivers. From 1994 through May 2008, he served as the Chief Hydrologist of the USGS. In this capacity, he was responsible for all USGS water science programs. He began his USGS career in 1976 and has conducted research on water supply, water quality, pollutant transport, and flood frequency analysis. Since 2003 he has served as the co-chair of the Subcommittee on Water Availability and Quality of the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources of the National Science and Technology Council. He has received numerous Federal and non-government honors and has twice been conferred the rank of Meritorious Senior Executive by the President of the United States. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and an active member of the American Geophysical Union and the American Water Resources Association. He holds a bachelorís in geology from Earlham College, a masterís in geology from the University of Washington, and a doctorate in geography and environmental engineering from The Johns Hopkins University.

David Naftzger is the Executive Director of the Council of Great Lakes Governors. Mr. Naftzger oversees six foreign trade offices promoting State exports, the regional biomass energy program, and the regional tourism partnership. He also facilitated the negotiation of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact and coordinates the Governorsí broader efforts to restore and protect the Great Lakes. Previously, he was the National Conference of State Legislaturesí director for agriculture and international trade in Washington, D.C. He holds a bachelorís degree in political science from DePauw University and a masterís degree in economics from the London School of Economics, and he studied at the University of Freiburg, Germany.

Sue Lowry is the Interstate Streams Administrator for the Wyoming State Engineerís Office. Ms. Lowry has held her current position since 2002; from 1995 to 2002, she served as the Director of Policy for the agency. This position involved work on regional and national policy issues, water planning, and water conservation topics, as well as budget and personnel issues. She began with the State Engineerís Office in 1988 as an Interstate Streams Engineer dealing with interstate issues in the Bear, Yellowstone, Snake, and Belle Fourche River basins of Wyoming. From 1981 to 1985, she worked for the Farm Credit System as an agricultural loan officer in Casper, Wyo., and Laramie, Wyo. She holds a bachelorís degree in agricultural economics and a masterís degree in range management, both from the University of Wyoming.

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