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Jennifer Verleger, P.E.

Title: Assistant Attorney General, South Dakota Attorney General’s Office

Contact: (701) 328-3537; Jennifer.Verleger@state.sd.us

NWSA Involvement: Secretary

Bio:

 

Jen is an assistant attorney general for the State of South Dakota, representing the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources (DANR).  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 was an assistant attorney general for the State of North Dakota for 14 years before transitioning to her current position with the South Dakota Attorney General’s office.  Her main responsibilities include providing general counsel and litigation services to the Office of Water.  She is a licensed attorney in South Dakota, 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: The Missouri River provides water supply directly or indirectly to 550,000 South Dakota residents.

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

Total Storage Volume:

  • 23.1 MAF (Lake Oahe/Oahe Dam)

  • 1.8 MAF (Lake Sharpe/Big Bend Dam)

  • 5.4 MAF (Lake Francis Case/Fort Randall Dam)

  • 0.49 MAF (Lewis and Clark Lake/Gavins Point Dam)

Key Issues/Challenges: Access to natural flows of river going through reservoirs.  Only 98 miles of the 483 miles of Missouri River through South Dakota are not covered with a Corps reservoir.

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