Dick Wolfe was appointed State Engineer and Director of the Colorado Division of Water Resources on November 26, 2007. As State Engineer, Mr. Wolfe is responsible for the direction and management of the Colorado Division of Water Resources, which has a staff of 297 employees and an annual budget of approximately $23 million. The Division is responsible for distribution and administration of water in accordance with statutes and interstate compacts; the implementation of a statewide dam safety program; the permitting of the use of ground water and construction of wells; the collection and dissemination of data on water use and streamflow; and conducting various studies concerning water resources and the availability of water supplies. The State Engineer is Colorado's commissioner on five interstate compacts and is responsible for assuring compliance with these compacts. The State Engineer is also the Executive Director of the Colorado Ground Water Commission and is the Secretary of the Board of Examiners for Water Well and Pump Installation Contractors.
Mr. Wolfe’s education experience includes a B.S. and M.S. in Agricultural Engineering from Colorado State University in 1983 and 1986, respectively. He is an Advisory Board Member of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Colorado State University. Mr. Wolfe is a registered professional engineer in Colorado and authored several articles in various publications, including "Water Administration: State Engineer's Office" in the Colorado Water Law Bench Book. He led the South Platte Task Force in examining water issues in the Northeast Colorado Basin and made recommendations on possible solutions to the challenges facing the state's water users.
Mr. Wolfe is a native of Colorado and was raised on a farm in Weld County. He also served on the Fort Lupton City Council and was the mayor of Fort Lupton from 1995 to 1997. He was a partner with Spronk Water Engineers for seven years specializing in water resources on various water right issues in Colorado, Kansas, Arizona, and New Mexico. He has been with the Division since 1993.
Colorado Division of Water Resources
1313 Sherman St, Suite 818
Denver, CO 80203
Office: EDO's Office