David R. Tuthill, Jr., Ph.D., P.E.


Dave Tuthill has worked in the field of water resources throughout his adulthood.

During the period from January 1, 2007 through June 30, 2009, he served as Director of the Idaho Department of Water Resources (IDWR). In this capacity he was a member of the Cabinet of Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter, charged with the responsibility for planning and administration of water resources in the State of Idaho. The agency consisted of about 200 employees with an annual budget of about $25M.

Prior to that he spent 31 years working through the ranks in a variety of increasingly responsible positions for the agency, in both the State Office and the Western Regional Office. These assignments provided direct and applied experience in most of IDWR’s regulatory and water right programs.

Dave was an active member of the U.S. Army Reserve. He retired in June 2004 as a Colonel, Corps of Engineers, United States Army Reserve, with 30 years of Commissioned Service.

Upon his retirement from the Idaho Department of Water Resources, Dave founded Idaho Water Engineering, LLC.