Reclamation selects Jeff Rieker as Operations Manager for Central Valley Office in Sacramento

By on July 17, 2017

An 18-year veteran with the Bureau of Reclamation, Jeff Rieker, has been chosen as the new operations manager for Reclamation’s Central Valley Office (CVO). Rieker has most previously served as the deputy operations manager for the CVO.

In his new position Rieker will oversee the day-to-day water and power operations of Reclamation’s Central Valley Project (CVP), including its 20 dams and reservoirs, 11 powerplants and more than 500 miles of canals and aqueducts within California’s Central Valley. The CVP one of the largest water storage and transport systems in the world.

Rieker began his career with Reclamation in 1999 as a student and hydraulic engineer in Denver. He has served Reclamation as a hydrologic modeler, a river and reservoir operations forecaster, and has overseen a variety of water resource planning and management issues for Reclamation in both Carson City and Sacramento. He also served as the Region’s liaison and representative in the Commissioner’s Office in Washington D.C.

“Jeff has been doing an outstanding job for Reclamation for nearly 20 years,” said deputy director, Pablo Arroyave. “I have every confidence in him as our operations manager here, and I expect his continued success in overseeing one of the nation’s premier water conservation and delivery systems.”

Rieker maintains an impressive educational resume. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology. He earned a master’s degree in civil engineering with an emphasis in water resources planning and management from Colorado State University and a Ph.D. in the same subject also from Colorado State University. Rieker is also a Nevada-registered professional engineer.