DNR Names Water Quality Bureau Chief
Posted: 10/06/2011
DES MOINES – Shelli Grapp has been named as the new chief of the Water Quality Bureau for the Iowa DNR.

Grapp, who currently serves as the supervisor of the Water Supply Operations section within the Water Quality Bureau, will assume her new duties on Oct. 14. She has a bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University as well as holding certifications in drinking water treatment and in drinking water distribution.

Grapp succeeds Charles “Chuck” Corell who was named as administrator of the Conservation and Recreation Division for the DNR in June.

“Shelli brings a great deal of experience to the position of Water Quality Bureau Chief, particularly in working with the public. She exemplifies our philosophy of ‘coaching for compliance’ to protect Iowa’s natural resources,” said Bill Ehm, administrator of the DNR’s Environmental Services Division.

During her more than 20-year career in environmental programs, Grapp has also spent 12 years working in DNR field offices in Spencer and Manchester. She also served six years as the administrative affairs manager for the Cedar Rapids Water Department where she coordinated management activities related to regulatory compliance, public information, human resources and security activities.

“I look forward to this new opportunity with the DNR and working toward the important goal of improving water quality in Iowa. My emphasis will be on building the partnerships and a culture of continuous improvement needed to achieve our water quality goals,” said Grapp.

The Water Quality Bureau has 85 employees with an annual budget of approximately $16 million.