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BOR manager changing jobs
Pablo Arroyave will now be the assistant regional director
for technical services
By DD BIXBY, Herald and News 8/3/08
The Bureau of Reclamation’s Klamath Basin area manager has been
named the BOR’s new assistant regional director for technical
Pablo Arroyave will leave Klamath Falls this month and begin his
new position in Sacramento Aug. 31. Current BOR deputy area
manager, Christine Karas, will serve as interim manager until a
permanent replacement is named.
As the regional director, Arroyave will oversee management
projects in the northern two-thirds of California, most of Western
Nevada and Southern Oregon.
Arroyave wrote in an e-mail to the Herald and News that his new
position would still involve him in issues related to the Klamath
Project, specifically endangered species consultation and the
proposed Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement.
In the new position, Arroyave will supervise technical offices and
programs, lead special studies and investigations, serve on
policy-setting committees and represent the regional director at
meetings, conferences and public appearances.
Arroyave moved to the Klamath Basin in 2006 to manage the Klamath
Project that serves 240,000 acres of farmland.
One of the challenges Arroyave said he faced was trying to
increase water certainty while maintaining and improving the
project “as it was designed a hundred years ago.”
Early in 2008, the Klamath Basin Area Office received its first
nonjeopardy federal biological opinion on Upper Klamath Lake for
endangered suckers. The first biological opinions were issued in
the 1980s and had previously considered project operations to
jeopardize sucker existence in the lake.
Arroyave counts the non-jeopardy biological opinion as one of the
most rewarding experiences during his time as area manager, as did
watching the Chiloquin Dam removal stay on schedule.
Arroyave has worked for the federal government for 15 years and
came to the Klamath Basin from Carson City, Nev., where he was the
deputy area manager for the Lahontan Basin Area Office.
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