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Water official to retire

Water quality manager and engineer Jay Pitkin will retire Monday after 30 years of service in state government.

For the past 20 years, Pitkin has served as chairman of the Jordanelle/Deer Creek Technical Advisory Committee, which works to improve the water quality of Deer Creek and preserve the water quality of Jordanelle. Pitkin has served as the president of the Water Environment Association of Utah.

Many of the changes in engineering and water-quality improvement methods during the past 30 years can be attributed to Pitkin, said Don Ostler, director of the Utah Division of Water Quality.

Pitkin earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering in 1967 and a master's degree in environmental engineering in 1968 from Utah State University.

"When I started working as an environmental engineer, I noticed that environmental issues weren't high on people's priority list," Pitkin said. "Today, there is far more interest, far more awareness and far more public involvement."