(Washington, D.C.) - The Family Farm Alliance today applauded the U.S. Senate for confirming Brenda Burman as the first woman Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation.
"Brenda Burman is going to be an incredible Commissioner," said Alliance President Patrick O'Toole (WYOMING). "She will bring unsurpassed knowledge, experience and dedication to the job of leading Reclamation."
From 2006 to 2008, Ms. Burman served as Reclamation’s Deputy Commissioner for External and Intergovernmental Affairs and the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Water and Science at Interior during the George W. Bush Administration.
"Brenda is a proven leader and problem-solver in managing and protecting our scarce water resources for the benefit of irrigated agriculture, as well as for urban and environmental uses," said Alliance executive director Dan Keppen. "She will bring a balanced and collaborative approach to the conservation and management of our Western water resources.
Ms. Burman (pictured, left, at her confirmation hearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee earlier this year), told the Family Farm Alliance earlier today that she's ready to report.
"I'm looking forward to working constructively to solve Western water challenges, as we've done in the past, with my friends at the Family Farm Alliance," she said.