Ehat Retires

After 34 years of public service, Rick Ehat, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Program Manager for the Navajo San Juan Settlement Implementation Project in Arizona and New Mexico, retired at the end of December. In this capacity he oversaw: the design and planning of a $995 million potable water supply project; eight agreements; and interactions with 14 entities, including two Native American Tribes.  His work will be passed on to Reclamation's Pat Page as the Project Manager. Previously, he served for seven years as the Project Construction Engineer and Manager on the Animas-La Plata (ALP) Project in Durango. This was a $500 million project that included: a 5.2 million cubic yard embankment dam, pipelines, pumping plant, roads, and storage tanks; reporting to nine organizations, including three Tribes; and managed over 80 employees.

As Rick stated, “I have been so blessed to be provided the opportunities to work with such talented people and diverse organizations under challenging circumstances to achieve such meaningful and long lasting results. I hope people remember there are five ways to do everything, some times you just have to pick one and ‘get er done.’” Thank you for the legacy of a beautiful reservoir, Rick, best wishes, and happy semi-retirement (he is planning to consult)!  He can be contacted at [email protected]