Donald Neudeck
Donald Neudeck

Donald H. Neudeck


Special Recognition Award

The following is the text found on the Special Recognition Award presented to Donald H. Neudeck, (Retired), California Department of Water Resources, at the 2010 California Extreme Precipitation Symposium held at the University of California, Davis on June 23, 2010.

Special Recognition Award

Presented To

Donald H. Neudeck

This award is presented to you in recognition of a lifetime of service in flood management in California. For over 30 years (prior to your retirement in 1988) you guided the Department of Water Resources in its flood warning and flood fighting activities. Your foresight and enthusiasm helped establish the Flood Operations Center where your voice was considered by the media and the public as the authoritative source of information during major flood events in California, especially the Central Valley and the coastal regions. You worked closely with the National Weather Service, U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, reservoir operators, and first emergency responders during major floods, such as the 1986 flood, to reduce flood risk and protect lives and property.

You were also a major contributor to the development of the California Data Exchange Center (CDEC), a data bank for sharing real-time flood, hydrologic, and related information. Both CDEC and the Flood Operations Center capabilities have continued to grow over the years since you retired, but the people of this State are indebted to you for your vision and initial support of these important programs. We are pleased to honor you today for your years of service to all of us.

June 23, 2010

California Extreme Precipitation Symposium

At the Event

Professional Background

I started my career with the Department of Water Resources in 1954. Working as a Junior Civil Engineer in Water Quality and participating in the Salt Routing Studies for the Bay Area Barrier Plan.

By 1956, I was promoted to Chief of Levee Inspection for the State of California, Department of Water Resources. Some of my responsibilities included:

In the year 1970, I became Chief of Flood Operations for the State of California Department of Water Resources. My duties included:


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