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U.S. Bureau of Reclamation names chief for Sacramento office

May 6, 2008 Sacramento Bee, Bee Metro Staff

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has appointed Donald R. Glaser as the new mid-Pacific regional director, replacing Kirk Rodgers, who retired in August.

Glaser, 61, will take charge of the Sacramento regional office, which has a huge influence on water in California. It operates Folsom and Shasta dams as well as the Central Valley Project, a massive canal and pumping system that exports water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

Born in Long Beach, Glaser graduated from Santa Barbara High School and earned a bachelor's degree in business administration and economics from Eastern Montana University, now Montana State University at Billings. He worked for the Bureau of Reclamation for 20 years, starting in 1974, in several positions throughout the West and in Washington, D.C., including serving as assistant commissioner for resources management and deputy commissioner.

He has spent the past seven years managing nonprofits in the Denver area, including the Colorado Foundation for Water Education and the Douglas Land Conservancy, and was a senior manager and CEO of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

He also served as Colorado state director of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, and was executive director of the Presidential Commission on Western Water Policy.

Glaser rejoins the bureau as the agency is managing the $1.5 billion upgrade to Folsom Dam and is entwined in a host of environmental challenges confronting the Delta. He started work Monday and plans to move to Sacramento with his wife, Sandi, in the near future.

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