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Page 1 <br /> <br />Impacts on DWR’s Budget <br />What Challenges Lie Ahead <br /> <br />By <br />Dick Wolfe, M.S., P.E. <br />State Engineer, Director <br />Colorado Division of Water Resources <br /> <br />SEO Forum <br /> <br />Salida, Colorado <br />October 1, 2010 <br /> <br />Opening <br /> <br />Purpose of SEO Forum (7th year) <br /> Communication and education (mention new website) <br /> Listen-we need feedback on how we are doing and how we can serve you better <br />(mention new survey) <br /> <br />There are basically two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or <br />accept the responsibility for changing them. <br /> <br />Charles Darwin said “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most <br />intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” <br /> <br />We hope to demonstrate today ways we have been responsive to change. <br /> <br /> <br />Personnel <br /> <br />The Division initiated an agency-wide staffing plan in 2008, projecting the human capital <br />needs over a five year time period. <br /> <br />Staffing levels were assessed under major programs for the Division, including public <br />safety and water administration. <br /> <br />Significant trends and issues within the Division were analyzed by conducting a SWOT <br />Analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats). The SWOT Analysis <br />assisted the Division in projecting future changes in the organization, personnel needs, <br />and operating expenses over a five year time period. <br /> <br />The staffing plan identified a steady increase in personnel needs over a five year time <br />frame. Approximately 28 new full time employees have been identified as necessary to <br />hire in order to uphold the statutory responsibilities of the Division, keep pace with <br />advances in technology, and account for changing needs in water administration.