Another member of the Heineman Administration has stepped down.
Nebraska Department of Natural Resources Director, Brian Dunnigan, has resigned. Gov. Dave Heineman appointed Dunnigan to the position in 2008 after he had served in the department for more than 30 years.
“It has been a great privilege to serve the citizens of the state and I will miss all of the wonderful people that I have worked with across the state,” Dunnigan said in a prepared statement released by the department.
The Department of Natural Resources has broad water management authorities, including floodplain management, interstate water management, permitting, and dam safety.
Dunnigan’s resignation comes on the heels of a successful negotiation with Kansas and Colorado officials over use of the Republican River, a major source of contention among agricultural interests in the three states. Dunnigan served as chairman of the Republican River Compact.
Dunnigan has also been credited with navigating the state through the requirements of federal endangered species regulations in the Platte River Basin and with developing improved flood management policies.
Gov. Heineman ends his tenure as governor at the beginning of next year due to term limits.