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James Prairie is a Hydraulic Engineer with the Bureau of Reclamation’s Upper Colorado Region. James began as a graduate research assistant at CADSWES in 1998 and joined Reclamation in 2000. His research activities have included stochastic streamflow and salinity generation with an emphasis in nonparametric techniques, advanced decision making techniques, and coupling of paleo, observed, and projected streamflows based on global circulation models (GCM). His present work activities include, research and development of mid-term operational and long-term planning models for the Colorado River, hydrologic and salinity analysis, and maintaining datasets of historical and projected natural flow, salt concentration, upper basin consumptive use and projected demands within the Colorado River System. James holds a B.S. (1993) in Environmental Resources Engineering from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry as well as M.S. (2002) and Ph.D. (2006) in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado.