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Former TWDB Deputy Administrator Bill Mullican new advisor for HPWD


William F. (Bill) Mullican III of Austin has been named advisor for groundwater issues for the High Plains Underground Water Conservation District in Lubbock. Mullican is retiring March 3 from the Texas Water Development Board, where he served as Deputy Executive Administrator for Water Science and Conservation.

"The High Plains Water District Board is pleased to have Bill Mullican as an advisor as they work to set desired future conditions for the Ogallala, Dockum, and High Plains Edwards-Trinity aquifers within the district. Also, his expertise in state water planning will be invaluable in regional water planning efforts as well as the upcoming revision of the High Plains Water District's management plan," said Manager Jim Conkwright.

"I am very excited for the opportunity to work with the High Plains Underground Water Conservation District No. 1 on the many important water issues confronting the region. Some of my earliest memories are working with my grandfather on his farm near Canyon, Texas, where it seemed like all we did, 24 hours a day, was move irrigation pipe from one area of the farm to another. Throughout my professional career, I have always considered increasing our understanding of the Ogallala Aquifer as one of my highest priorities. I know that working with the High Plains Underground Water Conservation District will be an exciting and rewarding opportunity to continue on this path," Mullican said.

A Canyon native, Mullican received his Bachelor of Science degree in Broadfield Science-Education in 1978 and his Master of Science in Geology in 1981 from Texas Tech University. He is also a licensed Professional Geoscientist in Texas.

After 14 years with the University Of Texas Bureau Of Economic Geology, he joined the Texas Water Development Board staff as Director of Water Resources Planning. In this position, he was responsible for preparation of the 2002 Texas State Water Plan and for direction of scientific/technical assistance for groundwater and surface water resources.

Mullican was promoted to Deputy Executive Administrator for Planning in 2002. His responsibilities were expanded to also include preparation of the 2007 State Water Plan, water data monitoring, as well as environmental and research programs at the TWDB.

In 2008, Mullican was named Deputy Executive Administrator for Water Science and Conservation.

Throughout his career, Mullican has provided invited testimony to the U.S. Congress, the Texas Legislature, and has authored/coauthored more than 135 scientific books, articles, and reports. In addition, he directed efforts to produce the 2002 and 2007 Texas State Water Plans.

He was nominated by the Dallas Morning News as a finalist for 2007 Texan of the Year for his water planning efforts on both the state and federal level.

Other honors include appointment to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology; appointment by Gov. Rick Perry to the Rehabilitation Council of Texas; and recipient of the Commander's Award for Public Service (2009) from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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