Jeff Broberg is a Rochester-area professional geologist and consultant focused on natural resource, energy, water and land-use issues of the Upper Mississippi Valley. A Minneapolis native, Jeff and his wife Erica moved to Lafayette, Louisiana where he worked as a petroleum geologist specializing in deep and high pressure/high temperature petroleum prospects before coming back to Minnesota.
Jeff and Erica have lived on their farm in Elba Township since 1986 when Jeff worked as a project superintendent installing landfill gas systems. In 1990, Jeff joined McGhie & Betts, Inc. in Rochester to start and direct McGhie & Betts Environmental Services, Inc., where he has worked as a consultant for land use and earth sciences. For the last five years, Jeff has consulted on the feasibility and environmental impacts of utility-scale wind and solar energy projects and commercial geothermal installations. Jeff sold his interest in McGhie & Betts in 2013 to WSB & Associates, Inc., a Minnesota-based engineering and environmental consulting firm where he continues his work.
Jeff has been a leader and frequent contributor on natural resource and land-use issues in southeastern Minnesota for 25 years. He commits his free time to trout fishing, canoeing the Bluffland Rivers and Mississippi backwaters, and to nonprofit organizations including the Cascade Meadows Wetlands and Environmental Science Center, the Minnesota Trout Association, and the National Trout Center in Preston, and is a founding director of the Minnesota Well Owners Association. Jeff is serving his third term as a Minnesota House of Representatives citizen appointee to the Minnesota Legislative-Citizens Commission on Minnesota Resources, which oversees Minnesota’s Environmental Trust Fund and recommends projects to the legislature. Jeff received his degree in earth science from the University of Minnesota in 1977.