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Jennifer Verleger, P.E.

Title: Assistant Attorney General

Contact: (701) 328-3537; jverleger@nd.gov

NWSA Involvement: Board of Directors

Bio:

 

Jen is an assistant attorney general for the State of North Dakota, representing the North Dakota State Water Commission (SWC) and Department of Water Resources (DWR).  Jen started her career as a civil engineer after graduating with a B.S. from Cornell University and an M.S. from Carnegie-Mellon University.  After working as an engineering consultant in various capacities doing both environmental work and civil site design, and while obtaining an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan, Jen attended law school at Michigan State University.  After graduating, Jen moved to North Dakota and has been at her current position ever since.  Her main responsibilities include providing general counsel and litigation services to the SWC and DWR.  Jen has represented the state on water issues in the U.S. Supreme Court, federal appellate courts, North Dakota Supreme Court, state and federal district courts, and Office of Administrative Hearings in areas including interstate rivers, federalism, water rights, water appropriation, drainage, and sovereign lands.  She is a licensed attorney in North Dakota, Michigan, and Florida (inactive), and a licensed professional engineer in North Dakota and Michigan.

Organizational

Overview:

Organization Type: State.

Water Supply: Missouri River reservoirs.

Population Served: Unknown (but 3.7 MAF of 5.0 MAF total statewide appropriation is from the Missouri River).

Water Users: Water Supply, Flood Control, Irrigation, Hydropower, Navigation, Recreation, Fish and Wildlife, Water Quality.

Total Storage Volume: 23.8 MAF (Lake Sakakawea/Garrison Dam); 23.1 MAF (Lake Oahe/Oahe Dam).

Key Issues/Challenges: Access to natural flows of river going through reservoirs.

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