July 18, 2018

AAWRE recently appointed Jim Barton, P.E., D.WRE, M.ASCE to the AAWRE Board of Trustees as an At-Large Trustee. Jim, who currently serves as Chair of the AAWRE Marketing Committee, was appointed to fulfill the remaining two years left vacant by Phil Turnipseed. Phil resigned from the Board in late May, due to family circumstances. Jim's current term will expire at end of September 2020.

Mr. Barton has over 35 years of water resources engineering experience working for many different federal agencies in different locations across the U.S.  He is currently working as a water resources consultant.  Prior to retiring in 2015, he served as the Chief of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Columbia Basin Water Management Division in Portland, Oregon.  In this position he managed all aspects of water resources engineering for the Columbia River system, and represented the U.S. on the Columbia River Treaty Operating Committee.   Prior to this, he held various other similar positions with the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.

Jim is a licensed professional engineer and is one of the founding Diplomates of AAWRE, achieving the D.WRE Board Certification in 2006. He has served as Chair of the AAWRE Marketing Committee since 2016.  He has received multiple awards, including a Meritorious Service Award, a Bronze De Fleury Medal, two Superior Civilian Service Awards, and numerous other awards and citations during his career.  Mr. Barton holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Utah, a master’s  degree in business administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, a master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Air Force Air War College, and a master’s degree in project management from the Florida Institute of Technology.

Jim stated the following on his recent appointment to the AAWRE Board:

"With challenges such as aging infrastructure, climate change, and competing demands for our limited water resources, effective water resource management is vital to the success of all nations. AAWRE is uniquely positioned to bring the expertise of the best water resources professionals to bear in collaboratively solving some of our most critical water resource challenges and ensuring that members of our important profession are well prepared for future challenges.

I have over 35 years of professional experience and have effectively led many different organizations involved in complex water resource issues. I am excited about the opportunity to serve on the AAWRE Board of Trustees and helping to advance the Academy to even higher levels of success."

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