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Anderson directs programs for Corps of Engineers’ Northwest Division

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers named Witt Anderson programs director for its Northwestern Division, headquartered in Portland, Ore. Anderson directs a nearly $3 billion annual program of water resource projects, military construction, and environmental restoration activities throughout the Columbia and Missouri river basins.

A large part of the civil works mission is earmarked for maintaining and operating Corps projects for hydroelectric, navigation, and flood damage reduction purposes; disaster response; and enhancing fish and wildlife activities in 12 states.

Anderson previously served as chief of planning, environmental resources, and fish policy for the Northwestern Division. In that job, he focused on regional salmon recovery programs. Anderson also represented the division in regional forums dealing with water resource planning and endangered species concerns.

Plutonic Power board appoints new leadership

The board of directors of British Columbia-based Plutonic Power Corp. announce changes to the company’s executive management team.

Donald McInnes is vice chairman and chief executive officer. McInnes founded Plutonic Power and had previously served as its president. In his new role, he will oversee the overall organization and work to maintain government, financial, community and First Nations relationships.

Bruce Ripley is the new president and chief operating officer. Ripley previously served as executive vice president of operations. He is responsible for managing daily operations.

Grig Cook, who previously served as chief operating officer, is now president of the Toba Montrose General Partnership. Cook is managing the technical requirements and coordination of the 196-MW East Toba River/Montrose Creek project, which is under construction.

Smith-Galvin joins Brookfield Power

Julie Smith-Galvin joins Brookfield Power as director of communications and community relations for U.S. operations.

Galvin comes to Brookfield Power from Enel North America Inc., where she was director of corporate affairs. Her office is in Marlborough, Mass.

In addition to the new job, Galvin is a newly elected member of the board of the National Hydropower Association. She previously served on the board in an advisory capacity and as chair of the association’s Public Affairs Committee.

Brookfield Power, headquartered in Canada, includes the power generating and marketing operations of Brookfield Asset Management Inc.

Steele retires from San Diego water authority


Ken Steele
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Ken Steele retired from the San Diego County Water Authority (SDCWA) after 15 years. He most recently served as engineering manager for the water authority. In this position, he was responsible for project management and capital improvements.

Steele joined SDCWA in 1992 as principal civil engineer, responsible for engineering feasibility studies, environmental analyses and permitting, and financial studies for the water authority’s Emergency Storage Program. The Emergency Storage Program is a system of reservoirs, pipelines, and pumping stations configured to provide water to San Diego and the surrounding area in the event of a shortage of imported water supplies. The program includes the construction of the San Vicente and Olivenhain dams and the 40-MW Olivenhain-Hodges pumped-storage project.

Steele also represented SDCWA on a large water conservation project, still in progress, involving lining more than 50 miles of canals with concrete. The effort is expected to recapture about 94,000 acre-feet of water per year currently lost to seepage.

Steele continues working with SDCWA in his retirement, serving as a senior program advisor and agency representative on the canal lining projects, and as the water authority’s representative for an interagency project review and coordination panel for the raising of the San Vincente Dam.

Engineering manager Jerry Reed has taken on Steele’s duties related to the Emergency Storage Program, and acting principal engineer Kathy Schuler assumes his duties in the canal lining project.

Ayres Associates names Smith vice president, promotes Mishra to manage Sacramento Office

Engineering consulting firm Ayres Associates named Thomas W. Smith vice president of water resources in California and promoted engineer Su Mishra, naming him manager of its Sacramento office. He replaces Smith in that position.

Smith’s new responsibilities include directing the firm’s California water resources activities.

Mishra joined Ayres Associates as a water resources engineer in 2005. He has 16 years experience in hydrology and hydraulics, including a stint as a water resources engineer for the California Department of Water Resources.


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