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Page 1 of 3 <br /> <br />SEO Forum 2010 - “Biographies of our speakers” <br /> <br />Steve Witte <br />The Division Engineer for Division 2, which includes the Arkansas River Basin within Colorado. Steve’s <br />responsibilities include distribution and regulation of the waters within natural streams of the basin <br />according the priority allocation system and the terms of the Arkansas River Compact. <br />The Colorado Division of Water Resources has employed Steve since graduation from the Colorado <br />School of Mines in 1978. Steve has served as a staff engineer in the Water Supply Branch of the State <br />Engineer’s Office, as Assistant Division Engineer in Water Division 3 (Rio Grande), as Division Engineer in <br />Water Division 6 (Yampa, White, and North Platte) and as Division Engineer in Water Division 2 since <br />1988. <br />Dick Wolfe <br />Dick Wolfe was appointed the State Engineer and Director of the Colorado Division of Water Resources on <br />November 26, 2007. As State Engineer, Dick is responsible for the direction and management of the <br />Colorado Division of Water Resources, which has a staff of 252 full-time employees and an annual budget of <br />approximately $27 million. The Division is responsible for distribution and administration of water in <br />accordance with statutes and interstate compacts; the implementation of a statewide dam safety program; <br />the permitting of the use of ground water and construction of wells; the collection and dissemination of <br />data on water use and stream flow; and conducting various studies concerning water resources and the <br />availability of water supplies. The State Engineer is Colorado's commissioner on five interstate compacts <br />and is responsible for assuring compliance with these compacts. The State Engineer is also the Executive <br />Director of the Colorado Ground Water Commission and is the Secretary of the Board of Examiners for <br />Water Well and Pump Installation Contractors. <br />Mr. Wolfe’s education experience includes a B.S. and M.S. in Agricultural Engineering from Colorado State <br />University in 1983 and 1986 respectively. He is an Advisory Board Member of the Department of Civil and <br />Environmental Engineering at Colorado State University. Mr. Wolfe is a registered professional engineer <br />in Colorado and authored several articles in various publications, including "Water Administration: State <br />Engineer's Office" in the Colorado Water Law Bench Book. Dick led the South Platte Task Force in <br />examining water issues in the Northeast Colorado Basin and made recommendations on possible <br />solutions to the challenges facing the state's water users. <br />Dick is a native of Colorado and was raised on a farm in Weld County. Dick also served on the Fort <br />Lupton City Council and was the mayor of Fort Lupton from 1995 to 1997. Dick was a partner with <br />Spronk Water Engineers for seven years specializing in water resources on various water right issues in <br />Colorado, Kansas, Arizona, and New Mexico. Dick has been with the Division since 1993. <br />