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Colorado’s NRCS Welcomes New Snow Survey and Water Forecasting Supervisor

Snow Helicopter

Contact: Petra Barnes
NRCS State Public Information Officer
Office Number: 720-544-2808
Fax Number: 720-544-2965
E-Mail:
Petra.Barnes@co.usda.gov

Click here to listen to the Brian Domonkos interview with Inside the Barn radio

Brian Domonkos returns to the Rocky Mountain State

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Colorado is pleased to announce the selection of Brian Domonkos as the new Snow Survey and Water Forecasting Supervisor.  Domonkos’ arrival is a welcome one as the appointment for the position has been highly anticipated.  Domonkos comes to Colorado from Montana and will assume his new role on May 5th, 2014.

“My first trip to Colorado occurred during the March 2003 snowstorm that left 74 inches of snow on Berthoud Pass, coincidentally the exact location of our snow science course” shares Domonkos.  “From there I knew snow was my number one passion.  So to have been able to build my career around it in addition to enjoying it recreationally while in Colorado is extremely energizing.”

Domonkos spent much of his youth in Maryland, he even attended the University of Maryland, College Park, where he received a degree in civil engineering and a citation in meteorology.  As an undergrad, Domonkos started working with NRCS’ Snow Survey Program in Montana in the summer of 2003 as a seasonal Hydrotech.  Upon obtaining his degree he was offered a full time position on Montana’s snow survey team where he began his professional career as a Hydrologist. 

After a few years, additional opportunities presented themselves and in 2009 he spent two years as a Hydrologist in the Colorado Data Collection Office (DCO).  “Back then the move provided increased opportunity to learn more about the snow survey program especially considering data collection offices cover numerous states,” further states Domonkos.  “While working in the mountains of Colorado, Southern Wyoming, New Mexico & Arizona it became obvious that the Colorado Snow Survey DCO resides amongst some of the most advanced hydrometeorological and water management communities in the world, from snow science to agriculture.  Returning to Colorado to work with everyone across the board is an opportunity which I look forward to and for which I am deeply grateful.”

NRCS is still seeking cooperators to help measure manual snow survey courses, and Domonkos is eager to work with those within the current network as well as those entities who wish to form future partnerships.  Anyone or any entity interested in assisting with manual snow course data collection should contact Mage Hultstrand at Mage.Hultstrand@co.usda.gov or by calling 720-544-2855.   As NRCS confirms interested cooperators, training and equipment will be provided and stakeholders will be regularly updated.

Domonkos brings not only his wife with him to Colorado, but he also brings his enthusiasm and love of nature.  He’s a backcountry skier, backpacker and has recently discovered fly fishing. His hobbies coupled with his expertise and passion for snow and water makes him a welcomed addition to the state.

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