ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA. After more than 50 years of government service, Mr. Ted Hillyer has retired from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Mr. Hillyer’s service with USACE found him working in the Jacksonville District, at Headquarters (HQ) and with the Institute for Water Resources (IWR).
Mr. Hillyer served for 20 years in various capacities at HQ, including as the Chief of the Eastern Regional Planning Branch. During that time, Mr. Hillyer was also deeply involved in USACE’s municipal and industrial (M&I) water supply program, including his responsibility for the M&I water supply database. As part of his involvement in this program, Mr. Hillyer would provide oversight as well as introduce and consider ways in which District involvement in the program could be made easier.
Mr. Hillyer also spent time at IWR where he spearheaded a number of projects and reports that are published on the IWR website. IWR report 96-PS-4 "Water Supply Handbook on Water Supply Planning and Resource Management" is among one of Mr. Hillyer’s more notable projects. This handbook is still widely used throughout the USACE water supply community.
Another major effort was IWR Report 96-PS-1 " Shore Protection and Beach Erosion Control Study: Final Report: An Analysis of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Shore Protection Program." Mr. Hillyer led this team effort, which was recognized with the IWR Team of the Year award.
During Mr. Hillyer’s latter years at IWR, he became the Headquarters Water Supply Business Line Manager. His primary responsibility while serving in this role was to develop the yearly water supply budget and support this budget to the Directorate of Civil Works, the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) and the Office of Management and Budget.
While in this role, Mr. Hillyer also developed a water supply community CDL website, initiated a water supply workshop that is held every two years, and took the initiative to develop yearly updates to the water supply database. These updates appear as IWR reports on the IWR website.
Prior to Mr. Hillyer leaving IWR in February, he was working on the Irrigation Water Supply Database, which is an accompanying item to the M&I water supply database. This work led to the subsequent IWR Report 2013-R-01, “2012 Irrigation Water Supply Database,” now available to the public. Since leaving IWR, Mr. Hillyer, who is also a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, has become a private consultant working on water resources related issues.