Stephen J. Hirschey

Steve Hirschey has been a manager and policy analyst working on many aspects of water resource management across the state over a 33-year career. With the Washington State Department of Ecology, Steve developed and promulgated instream flow rules, and water right administration policies and rules. He spent time managing 22 staff implementing the Water Code and well drilling programs in Ecology’s Bellevue office, and also served as a senior analyst for water resources. With the King County’s Department of Natural Resource and Parks, Steve worked with local land use and water issues including water and land use planning, reclaimed water, asset management, utility wastewater management, and public water service issues. Steve also chaired the King County Utilities Technical Review Committee, tasked with reviewing local utility plans and making recommendations to the King County Council for plan approval. Steve received a B.S. in Natural Sciences from St. John’s University, and his M.S. in Environmental Studies from the Evergreen State College. Steve is married and the father of two children and enjoys snow skiing, hiking, and gardening.