Colorado Water Users Lead Negotiator

Dr. Jeris Danielson is a former Colorado State Engineer and current member of the Colorado Inter-basin Compact Committee (IBCC), a 27-member committee established by the Colorado Legislature to facilitate conversations between basins and to address statewide issues.


Dr. Danielson attended both the Colorado School of Mines and Colorado State University, where he received three degrees in civil engineering including a doctorate in civil engineering from the latter in 1964. Upon graduating, he entered the U.S. Army, serving ten years in both Europe, Vietnam, and at the University of California Lawrence Radiation Laboratory. Upon release from active duty, he worked as chief hydrologist for a private consulting firm in Denver, Colorado. He was later employed by the Colorado Division of Water Resources, holding the positions of chief of planning, assistant state engineer, and deputy state engineer.


He was appointed State Engineer by Governor Richard Lamm in 1979. He served as State Engineer and Director of the Division of Water Resources from 1979 to 1992. As State Engineer, he was responsible for the management and direction of the Division of Water Resources. Duties included supervision of all water rights administration in the state. He also served as Colorado’s Interstate Compact Commissioner on five interstate compacts and was the general manager of the Purgatoire River Water Conservancy District.


In 1992, Dr. Danielson left state employment to form Danielson and Associates, Inc., a water resource consulting firm specializing in expert testimony in water court cases, water rights evaluations, development of augmentation plans for the use of ground water, water rights appraisals, development of conjunctive use plans integrating surface and ground water rights, and other areas closely related to surface and groundwater development and utilization. The firm relocated from Denver to La Junta in 2000.