General Riley will start with a short background of Federal water policy development with its concomitant challenges, including how the US Army managed to have such a large role in managing our nation’s water resources. General Riley will then bring everyone up to date on three of the more progressive directions in which US national policy makers have been moving over the past several years to improve their management of water resources: integrated water resources management, flood risk management, and adaptation to climate change. He will then be open to questions on those and other aspects of Federal water resources policy and management.
US Army Maj. General (Ret.) Don Riley is presently the Senior VP for Dawson & Associates. General Riley was the Deputy Commanding General & Deputy Chief of Engineers for the US Army Corps of Engineers, which made him second in command of an organization of 37,000 people with a budget of $40 billion a year. General Riley is an engineer, and a graduate of West Point (B. Sc.), the University of California, Berkeley (M. Sc.), and the US Army School of Advanced Military Studies (MMAS). In his 37 years with the Corps, General Riley managed work personally in the US and abroad – he led the Army Corps’ Hurricane Katrina response and recovery operations and he ensured sufficient basing, equipment, and movement of troops in Afghanistan, including consideration of a long-term water management strategy for Afghanistan.