Welcome to the Intermountain Section AWWA’s 2021 Annual Conference

Mike Styler

Retired, Past Director Utah Department of Natural Resources
Mike Styler recently retired as executive director of the Utah Department of Natural Resources after more than 14 years at the helm of an agency with 1,300-plus employees and seven divisions that include wildlife, water rights, state parks, forestry and fire, oil, gas and mining, and the geological survey. In addition to these seven divisions, the Department of Natural Resource administration oversees the Utah Watershed Restoration Initiative (WRI) and the Sensitive Species Mitigation program. During his tenure at DNR, Styler has chaired the Executive Water Task Force and has worked to restore healthy landscapes through the Utah Watershed Restoration Initiative. He has also increased department efficiency and encouraged inter-divisional partnerships.
Prior to his appointment, Styler served in the Utah House of Representatives where he was elected Assistant Majority Whip. He has also served on the Executive Appropriations Committee, Legislative Management Committee, Legislative Water Task Force (chair), and Natural Resources Appropriations Committee (chair).
Prior to his legislative service, he served for eight years as a Millard County Commissioner and president of the Utah Association of County Commissioners. He also served his farming community as president of the Deseret Irrigation Company.
Styler graduated from Brigham Young University in 1976 with a double major in Agricultural Economics and Business Education.