Department of the Interior
Council Member: Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior
Council Designee: Anne Castle, Assistant Secretary for Water and Science, U.S. Department of the Interior
Anne Castle was confirmed as Assistant Secretary for Water and Science on June 19, 2009. In this capacity, Castle oversees water and science policy for the Department and has responsibility for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Geological Survey.
Castle spearheaded the Department of the Interior’s WaterSMART program, which provides federal leadership on the path toward sustainable water supplies. She was the driving force behind the 2010 Memorandum of Understanding among Interior, the Department of Energy, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers addressing the development of sustainable hydropower generation. She has been a champion of the National Land Imaging Program, the nation’s longest sequential moderate-resolution satellite imaging program provided by the Landsat series of satellites, now hosted by USGS. Castle also provides hands-on leadership on Colorado River issues and is the Secretary’s designee to, and Chair of, the Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Work Group.
Castle received a Bachelor of Science degree in applied mathematics, with honors, from the University of Colorado, College of Engineering, in 1973. Her J.D. in 1981 was also from the University of Colorado where she was Order of the Coif.
Council Designee: Michele Altemus, Chief of Staff, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, U.S. Department of the Interior