New Chief Appointed for Arizona Department of Water Resources

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has appointed Thomas Buschatzke as director of the Arizona Department of Water Resources.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has appointed Thomas Buschatzke as director of the Arizona Department of Water Resources. He has been the assistant director of the department's Water Planning Division since 2011, overseeing Colorado River management, active management areas, active management area planning and data management, assured and adequate water supply and recharge permitting, and statewide planning and tribal liaison functions, according to the announcement from the governor's office.

Buschatzke previously served as a water resources manager for the Phoenix city manager's office (2002-11); a hydrologist in the civil division for the city of Phoenix law department (1988-2002); and a water resources supervisor for the Department of Water Resources (1982-1988). He has served on the University of Arizona's Water Resources Research Center External Advisory Committee and the Water Sustainability Program External Advisory Committee; the American Water Resources Association; the American Water Works Association; and the Colorado River Water Users Association.

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