Steve Anders is a Supervisory Hydrologic Technician with the USGS Colorado Water Science Center in Western Colorado. He leads a diverse team of technicians that provide water information to federal, state, and local agencies and the general public.
Steve began his federal career with the US Bureau of Reclamation in 1990. Working in the Instrumentation Branch of two separate Safety of Dams projects (Lake Pleasant, AZ & Roosevelt, AZ), Steve discovered his interest in technology and the natural sciences. He began working for the US Geological Survey, Tacoma, WA field office in 1994 as a hydrologic technician. While in the Tacoma field office, Steve operated and maintained streamgages, computed discharge records, and assisted with sediment projects related to the eventual removal of the Elwha dam in support of the Elwha River Ecosystem and Fisheries Restoration Act. Since 1996, Steve has been working for the USGS in Western Colorado. Working as a field hydrologic technician, Lead hydrologic technician, Surface Water Specialist for the Colorado Water Science Center Data Program, and Data Section Chief for the Western Colorado office, he has enjoyed every stage of his career. In his current role, he oversees the operation of the Western Colorado Data Program which includes approximately 150 streamgage stations, 80 discrete water quality sampling sites, 50 continuous water quality data collection sites, and a multitude of precipitation and reservoir monitoring locations. Playing his role in providing quality data for a dynamic group of approximately 50 cooperators, hundreds of stakeholders, and thousands of recreational data users is very rewarding.