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Terry Fulp

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

Terry Fulp is the former regional director for the Bureau of Reclamation’s Lower Colorado River region, where he played a lead role in negotiating drought contingency plans, river operating guidelines and binational agreements with Mexico before retiring in October 2020.

During his 31-year career with Reclamation, Fulp’s responsibilities included implementation of the Interior Secretary’s watermaster functions in the Lower Basin, management of hydropower operations and maintenance of federal facilities including Hoover Dam, and implementation of the Lower Colorado River Multi-Species Conservation Program.

Fulp was instrumental in the negotiation and execution of several major Colorado River water policy initiatives, including guidelines for the coordinated operation of Lake Powell and Lake Mead, the Colorado River Drought Contingency Plans, and binational agreements (Minutes 319 and 323) pursuant to the 1944 treaty with Mexico.

The Lower Colorado Basin Region encompasses the last 700 miles of the Colorado River to the Mexican border and includes Southern California, Southern Nevada, and most of Arizona.

In 2018, Fulp received the Presidential Rank Award for meritorious Federal service.

Fulp holds a Ph.D. in Mathematical and Computer Sciences from the Colorado School of Mines, an M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado, an M.S. in Geophysics from Stanford University, and a B.S. in Earth Sciences from the University of Tulsa. In 2023 he was elected President of the Water Education Foundation.

Terry Fulp
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