Governor Little appoints new members to Idaho Water Resource Board and Oil & Gas Conservation Commission

Thursday April 8, 2021

Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today the appointment of Brian Olmstead and Dean Stevensen to the Idaho Water Resource Board as well as the appointment of Ray Hinchcliff to the Oil & Gas Conservation Commission.

“I want to thank the appointees for their willingness to step forward to serve the people of Idaho,” Governor Little said. “Their individual expertise will make them invaluable assets in their new roles.”

Olmstead is a Twin Falls resident and will retire from the Twin Falls Canal Company later this year after 21 years. He also served on the Idaho Water Users Board, Snake River Soil and Water Conservation District, the Upper Snake River Basin Advisory Group, Idaho Water Education Foundation, Goundwater/Surface Water Steering Committee, and the Comprehensive Aquifer Management Program Committee.

Stevensen is a Paul resident. He is the current chairman of the Magic Valley Groundwater District and Vice President of the Idaho Groundwater Appropriators. Previously, Stevensen served as President of the Minidoka County Grain Growers and as a board member of the Idaho Grain Producers.

Hinchcliff is a Driggs resident with thirty years of experience working in the petroleum industry managing and supporting arctic, offshore, and land operations and projects. He is a graduate of Weber State University and University of Wyoming with degrees in accounting a petroleum engineering.

Hinchcliff was appointed to the Oil & Gas Conservation Commission starting March 12, 2021.  Olmstead and Stevensen were appointed to the Idaho Water Resource Board April 1, 2021. Roger Chase and Albert Barker have also been reappointed to the Idaho Water Resource Board starting January 1, 2021.

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