Mike A. Hamman

Mike Hamman has served as the Area Manager for the US Bureau of Reclamation since March, 2010. As manager of the Albuquerque Area Office, Hamman oversees 175 staff located in Albuquerque, Chama, Elephant Butte, Socorro and Alamogordo in New Mexico; Alamosa, Colorado; and El Paso, Texas. The office is one of the largest area offices in Reclamation with management responsibilities for nine major dams with a combined reservoir storage capacity of more than 3.5 million acre-feet. Those projects supply water to more than 439,000 acres of irrigated land and municipal and industrial water throughout the office's jurisdiction. The office also works closely with the states of Colorado, New Mexico and Texas as well as the Republic of Mexico and many of New Mexico’s pueblos and tribes.

This is Mike’s second assignment in Albuquerque, where he worked for the Area Office in the late 1980s and 1990s, including a period as the Resource Management Division Director. In that role, he had responsibilities for reservoir and river operations, planning, endangered species recovery coordination, and land and recreation management for ten Reclamation projects in southern Colorado and New Mexico.

His other experiences also include serving as a Regional Water Planner for the New Mexico Interstate Streams Commission where he worked closely with local governments and tribes. He later became the City of Santa Fe's first water utility director where he guided the transition from a private utility to a city run utility. In 1999, he left the city to work with the Jicarilla Apache Nation in assisting the Tribe with its water management and on-reservation development after they had settled their water rights claims. Upon his return to federal service in 2008 he became the Executive Director of the Trinity River Restoration Program that is a multi-agency collaborative salmon recovery project in northern California.

At age eight, Mike’s family came to Taos where he grew up. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from the University of New Mexico and is a registered Professional Engineer in the state. Mike and his wife Sally have raised four children and have deep roots in New Mexico.

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