Hayden celebrates 55 years with State of Nebraska

Tom Hayden began his career with the State of Nebraska Department of Roads right out of high school in 1962, and only a couple of years later accepted a position with the Department of Natural Resources (Department of Water Resources at the time) in Bridgeport. At the Department, Tom was responsible for measuring stream flows across Western Nebraska in the Platte and Niobrara Rivers. In addition to measuring streamflow, Tom was also responsible for administering the waters of the state and settling complaints between irrigators. On more than one occasion this also meant stopping fist-fights between irrigators.

In 1990 Tom took over the leadership of the Bridgeport Field Office. Over the years, Tom has cultivated lasting relationships across irrigation districts managers and staff, representatives from Colorado and Wyoming, individual irrigators, and our federal counterparts tasked with water management.

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