Clifford I. Barrett, director of the Bureau of Reclamation's Upper Colorado Region since 1981, announced Friday that he will retire after 36 years of federal service and assume the position of executive director of the Colorado River Energy Distributors Association.

His retirement will be effective Feb. 25. After that he will open and head a new CREDA office in Salt Lake City.Reclamation projects Barrett supervises as regional director are scattered across an area from Idaho to the Mexico border. The bureau's major activity in Utah is the $2.2 billion Central Utah Project.

During his tenure as regional director, Barrett saw both record appropriations to the CUP and restrictions from Congress on the way CUP funds were spent. Barrett has seen the completion of several major CUP features and has had to deal with remedial repairs to major features like Fontenelle Dam in Wyoming, Navajo Dam in New Mexico and Upper Stillwater Dam and the Jordan Aqueduct in Utah.

He also spent 51/2 months as acting commissioner of reclamation in 1985 between the administrations of Robert N. Broadbent and now-director C. Dale Duvall.

Barrett began his career with reclamation as an engineer in the design and construction office in Denver. He held positions in Sacramento and Washington, D.C., prior to his current assignment. He was assistant commissioner for Planning and Operations while in Washington.

Aside from his work with reclamation, Barrett is also a retired U.S. Army Reserve lieutenant colonel. While in military service, he taught at the Command and General Staff College near Washington.