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Donald M. Anderson

Water and Environmental Resources
US Bureau of Reclamation
Denver Federal Center, Box 25007 (84-55000), Denver, Colorado 80225 USA
(303)445-3636, (w)(303)777-7633 (h)
dmanderson -- at -- usbr.gov



Water and Environmental Program Analyst
US Bureau of Reclamation
Denver Federal Center
Box 25007 (84-55000)
Denver, Colorado 80225 USA
November 2009 to Present

Provide policy and technical support to the USBR Commissionerís Office in the review of a wide range of issues affecting USBR water management in the 17 western states, among them:

Regional Hydrologist
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS)
134 Union Boulevard, Lakewood, Colorado 80228-1807
December 2000 - November 2009

I provided key hydrologic and planning support for a variety of Ecological Services activities in the eight-state Mountain-Prairie Region, primarily activities related to USFWS participation in the cooperative three-state (Colorado, Nebraska, and Wyoming) Platte River Recovery Program. My Platte River Program-related activities included:

Associate Scientist
Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)
Campus Box 216, Boulder, Colorado 80309
May 1997 - June 1998, and February 1999 - December 2000

Involved in a wide range of hydrological/climatological research and research support activities with the CIRES research institute, including:

Wright Water Engineers, Inc.
2490 West 26th Avenue, Suite 100A, Denver, Colorado 80211
June 1998 - February 1999

As a staff hydrologist and GIS specialist, I took on a wide variety of hydrologic consulting assignments in Colorado, including:

Senior GIS/RS Specialist
Information Systems Solutions International, Inc. (ISSI)
999 Eighteenth Street, Suite 1250 STW, Denver, Colorado 80202
September 1996 - May 1997

Responsible for coordinating the activities of a four-person GIS and remote sensing contract team, including project tracking, client coordination, and staff hiring. Implemented a variety of GIS support activities for EPA Region 8 using Arc/Info, ArcView, and ERDAS, including:

Hydrologist and GIS Specialist
National Operational Hydrologic Remote Sensing Center, National Weather Service
1735 Lake Drive West, Chanhassen, Minnesota 55317
August 1994 - September 1996

As a physical scientist with the National Weather Service (NWS) Office of Hydrology, I was involved in a variety of activities to support NWS river forecast centers across the United States, including:

Land Use Hydrology Researcher and Modeler
Department of Earth Resources, Colorado State University, Fort Collins
August 1992 - August 1994


Cuba Water Resources Management Workshop (2007)

Coordinated an interactive Spanish-language workshop with Cuban hydrologists and biologists on water management strategies to benefit the biologically-rich coastal resources of the extensive Gran Humedal del Norte de Ciego de Ávila conservation reserve, a RAMSAR-designated ‘wetland of international importance’. Secured $18,000 in grants to implement additional follow-up hydrologic modeling of the coastal watershed area.

Ecuador Water Resources Training and Project Evaluations (2004)

As team leader for an International Technical Assistance Program team (U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. Agency for International Development), coordinated on-site technical assistance and training to various Ecuadorian organizations, including the Ministry of the Environment and several non-governmental entities, addressing potential impacts of water-related development activities (e.g., dams, diversions, changes in land use, and extractive uses of water) on the physical, hydrological, and biological environment.

Choluteca River Watershed Management Project, Honduras (1982-1984)

Coordinated soil conservation, reforestation, agro-forestry and "appropriate technology" projects to protect the rural headwaters of the watershed serving the capital city of Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Provided training to rural farmers and farming cooperatives in the buffer zone surrounding La Tigra National Park cloud forest (and also in drier regions of southern Honduras) addressing soil conservation and reforestation principles and practices.

Lacamas Lake Watershed Management Project, Clark County, Washington (1987-89) Inventoried stream corridor conditions, land use practices, and landowner interests in the 41,000-acre Lacamas Lake drainage basin to identify and prioritize nonpoint water pollution cleanup opportunities in the watershed. Using inventory data, worked with local communities to develop detailed lake restoration strategies, now being implemented in the basin with the support of the City of Camas, Clark County, and the Washington State Department of Ecology.

Ground Water Protection Plan Development, Clark County, Washington (1988-89)

Developed data collection plans, data management procedures, and public outreach activities to evaluate and establish measures to protect the ground water resources of Clark County. Employed PC Arc/Info to map, manage, analyze and report on geologic, hydrologic, and land use data for the 500-square-mile study area. Coordinated project oversight by nine local jurisdictions and other public and private organizations participating in the $1.5 million effort. Received USGS training on the conceptual design of the MODFLOW ground water model, and worked with USGS to coordinate ground water investigations in Clark County.






Anderson, D.M., and M.R. Rodney. 2006. Characterization of hydrologic conditions to support Platte River species recovery efforts. Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 42(5):1391-1403

Stroup, D., M. Rodney and D. Anderson. 2002. Draft Flow Characterizations for the Platte River Basin in Colorado, Wyoming, and Nebraska. Platte River Recovery Program EIS Office, Lakewood, Colorado. 21 pp. plus appendices.

MacDonald, L.H., R.W. Sampson, and D.M. Anderson. 2001. Road surface runoff and erosion at the plot and segment scales, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 26(3): 251-272.

Berg, W.K, D.M. Anderson and J.J. Bates. 2000. Satellite observations of a Pacific moisture surge associated with flash flooding in Las Vegas, Geophysical Research Letters, 27: 2553-2556.

Anderson, D.M. and MacDonald, L.H. 1998. Modeling road surface sediment production using a vector geographic information system. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 23(1):95-107.

MacDonald, L.H., D.M. Anderson and W.E. Dietrich. 1997. Paradise threatened: land use and erosion on St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. Environmental Management, 21(6):851-863.

Anderson, D.M. May1996. GIS and snow monitoring at the National Weather Service. GIS World, Fort Collins , Colorado, pp. 40-43.

Hartman, R.K., A.A. Rost and D.M. Anderson. 1996. Spatial distribution of snow water equivalent observations in mountainous terrain. Third International Conference/Workshop on Integrating GIS and Environmental Modeling, National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis, Santa Fe, New Mexico, January 23, 1996. CD-ROM.

Anderson, D.M. 1994. Guidelines for Sediment Control Practices in the Insular Caribbean. Caribbean Environment Progress Technical Report No. 32, United Nations Environment Programme, Kingston, Jamaica. 63 pp. Available on-line at (http://cep.unep.org/information-services/cep-technical-reports/)

Anderson, D.M. 1994. Analysis and Modeling of Erosion Hazards and Sediment Delivery on St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. Technical Report NPS/NRWRD/NRTR-94/34, National Park Service Water Resources Division, Fort Collins, Colorado. 153 pp.