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Technical Workshop Speakers and Presenters

The speakers, presenters, and moderators for the Future of Our Salmon Conference and the preliminary technical workshop have been carefully selected to represent a full range of expertise from federal, tribal, state, and local governments; academia; and elected officials. The many issues that face floodplain functions and management are vast and cross political borders. A successful plan to address these issues will require all these groups to collaborate, pool resources, and share research. The variety of presenters that has been assembled will provide a broad spectrum of ideas, perspectives, and focuses that is necessary to formulate such a comprehensive plan.

Robert Austin

Fish and Wildlife Program Director, Upper Snake River Tribes Foundation

Video Presentation: Burns Paiute Tribal Ceremonial Salmon Fishery on the Masher River, Day One
Video Presentation: Duck Valley Shoshone Paiute Tribal Ceremonial Salmon Fishery on the East Fork Owyhee River, Nevada, Day Two

Bob Austin currently serves as Fish and Wildlife Program Director at the Upper Snake River Tribes Foundation. Bob has experience working on a great variety of fish and wildlife, and natural resource policy issues. His career began as a researcher in the Everglades National Park, then for ten years worked with the US Fish and Wildlife Service in its inland and anadromous hatchery programs in various locations in the western US including the Spearfish Fisheries Center in South Dakota, Lahontan hatchery in Nevada, and Dworshak hatchery complex in Idaho. The majority of his public service, over 20 years, was at Bonneville Power Administration, with his last role prior to federal retirement as Deputy Director of the Fish and Wildlife Program. Bob’s education experience includes a BS in Biology from King’s College, PA, and a MS in Fishery Biology from Central Michigan University, as well as extensive coursework in Public Administration at Lewis and Clark College, Portland. He is a 2008 graduate of the Pacific Leadership Program and an active participant in the ongoing 2011 Ford Leadership Institute Program in Oregon.

William K. Barquin

Attorney General, Kootenai Tribes of Idaho

Panel Moderator: Policy Law: Challenges and Opportunities, Day Three

Mr. Barquin is Eastern Shoshone and Oglala Lakota and was raised on his father’s ranch on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming. He earned his B.A. and J.D. degrees from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. He has been a member of the Oregon bar since 1998 and the Idaho bar since 2005.

Mr. Barquin is the Attorney General of the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho and oversees all legal aspects of Tribal operations. Mr. Barquin’s work concentrates on negotiated problem solving on behalf of the Tribe in a variety of contexts. That work includes ongoing representation of the Kootenai Tribal Fish and Wildlife Department regarding the interrelationships of the Northwest Power Act, Endangered Species Act, National Historic Preservation Act and other legal authorities in the protection of Kootenai natural resource utilization.

Prior to joining the Kootenai Tribe staff, Mr. Barquin represented tribal governments as a member of two separate firms. He was the principal negotiator for one tribal client in a complex problem solving effort involving tribal, state, federal and private parties to cleanup decades of pollution in Portland Harbor. He also worked extensively with tribal social services, including enforcement of the Indian Child Welfare Act in state courts and child protection and family reunification in tribal courts.

Mr. Barquin works primarily out of the Kootenai Tribe’s Portland Office.

David Batker

Executive Director, Earth Economics

Presentation: Restoring Ecosystem Function and Value in the Columbia River Basin, Day One

David Batker is a renowned expert in Ecological Economics and an acclaimed speaker, leader, educator, and advocate. Dave co-founded Earth Economics to improve investment locally and globally to secure ecological health, sustainable economies, and prosperity. His work has been quoted in over 300 newspaper, radio, and television stories. His projects span over 40 countries and 35 US states. David’s path-breaking studies show natural systems’ value for providing food, water, flood risk reduction, climate stabilization, recreation, and other benefits. Being from Tacoma, much of his work has surrounded water quality issues, salmon populations, and land management choices throughout the Puget Sound and Washington State. His pragmatic work has been used to establish the value of watersheds for providing water, by FEMA to estimate the value of floodplains for flood risk reduction, and to establish funding mechanisms for maintaining natural capital. David is working with the Earth Economics team on a practical web-based tool to establish consistent values for nature’s benefits and new funding mechanisms for conservation.

Tim Beechie

Supervisory Research Fish Biologist, NOAA

Floodplains, Fish Habitat, and Climate Change Resilience, Day Two

Tim Beechie leads the Ecosystem Processes Research Team in the Watershed Program at NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle. He has researched landscape and human influences on fish populations for more than three decades, beginning with studies of fish populations in West African lakes in the mid-1980s. His current research interests include influences of valley and river channel morphology on salmon habitats and populations, formation and evolution of floodplain habitats, guidance for adapting river restoration plans for climate change, and developing process-based restoration strategies. Tim holds a bachelor’s degree in geology, a master’s degree in fisheries, and a PhD in forest hydrology, all from the University of Washington in Seattle.

Jeremy Benson

Specialist Engineer, BC Hydro Generation Resource Management

Presentation: Reservoir Operations and Flood Risk Management in British Columbia, Day One

Jeremy Benson is a Specialist Engineer in Generation Resource Management at BC Hydro and is the Secretary to the Canadian Entity for the Columbia River Treaty. BC Hydro is a Provincial Crown corporation in British Columbia, Canada with a mandate to generate, purchase, distribute and sell electricity. The Generation Resource Management division is responsible for planning the operation of 30 hydroelectric and two thermal generating stations to meet electric load obligations within the province while respecting the multitude of operating constraints on the various river systems. Jeremy manages several coordination agreements with other utilities in the region to maximize the benefits arising from operating the river and electrical systems. Jeremy has a Masters of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering and is a Professional Engineer with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of B.C.

Dan Bottom

NOAA (retired); member, Columbia River Estuary Expert Regional Technical Group; courtesy faculty, Oregon State University

Presentation: Climate Change and Estuarine Rearing Opportunities for Juvenile Salmon, Day Two

Dan Bottom has served as a fishery research biologist and project leader in state and federal government for 38 years, including 22 years with the ODFW Research Section in Corvallis and 16 years with NOAAs Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Newport, Oregon. He retired from federal service at the end of 2015. At NOAA Dan led an interdisciplinary research team investigating the ecology and life histories of juvenile Chinook salmon in the Columbia River estuary. He continues serving as a member of the Expert Regional Technical Group for the Columbia River estuary and as Courtesy Faculty at Oregon State University.

Norman Buccola

Hydrologist, US Geological Survey

Presentation: Monitoring Off-Channel Water Quality in the Willamette River, Oregon, Day Two

Since 2009, Norman has worked with the U.S. Geological Survey to study the complicated issues around salmon recovery, dam operations, and water temperature in the Willamette basin, Oregon. He specializes in using models to better understand potential current and future temperature dynamics of lakes and rivers.

Oriana Chegwidden

Research Scientist/Graduate Student, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Washington

Presentation: Hydrological Effects of Climate Change in the Columbia River Basin, Day Two

Oriana Chegwidden is a research scientist in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Washington. As a member of the Computational Hydrology group since 2013, she has been investigating the impacts of climate change on the hydrology of the Pacific Northwest. She is also a PhD student within the same program. She graduated from Haverford College in 2011 with a B.S. in chemistry.

Catherine Corbett

Chief Scientist, Lower Columbia Estuary Project

Panel: Overview of Key Issues from the Workshop and Recommendations for the October Conference, Day Three

Catherine Corbett has served as the Chief Scientist for the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership since 2008. She leads the Science Team and manages the habitat restoration, research and monitoring programs. She led an effort to establish voluntary numeric habitat coverage targets for the lower Columbia River. She facilitates the Science Work Group and biennial Columbia River Estuary Conferences and coordinates monitoring and restoration activities with numerous partners in the lower Columbia River. Catherine had been the Senior Scientist for the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program in southwest Florida for eight years where she led the development of published numeric water quality targets using an optical model, seagrass depth targets and seagrass light requirements and managed an interagency water quality monitoring network. Prior to that Catherine was a wildlife biologist in a national park in Morocco’s Middle Atlas Mountains. She has published multiple manuscripts on seagrass and water quality in southwest Florida. Catherine holds an M.A. in International Development and Natural Resource Management from Clark University, Massachusetts and a B.S. in Zoology and a Physical Geography Minor from Miami University, Ohio.

Tim Corey

Graphic Facilitator

Timothy Corey continues to break new ground using methodologies that touch multiple senses. He attentively listens, internalizes the information at hand, reads between the lines, and graphically communicates a vision. The end result is the ability to offer intuitive insight that his clients find uncanny while helping individuals and organizations create more responsive strategies for communication and support.

With an international reputation, Tim has provided his creative and innovative approach to facilitation to over 1200 teams. He’s provided organizational development services for over 140 companies both for-profit and non-profit organizations, including community groups, governmental organizations, schools and forward-thinking companies.

Tim has been working as a graphic facilitator for the Coast Salish Gatherings and the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission gatherings for several years . He captures the discussions in images, words and colors on large sheets of paper. His work tells a powerful story of the gatherings. He is currently working with Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and The Aleut Pribilof Island Association, helping them strengthen their service delivery to Alaska Natives and Aleut people.

He is also a facilitator/executive coach through the Center for Leadership Formation at Seattle University. Offering his coaching support to mid level and senior level leaders working in Seattle area companies.

Carolyn Fitzgerald

P.E., Hydrology and Hydraulics Branch Chief, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District

Presentation: Overview of Reservoir Operations and Flood Risk Management by the Army Corps of Engineers, Day One

Carolyn is the Chief of the Hydrology and Hydraulics Branch at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District, where she leads a group of over 30 engineers, scientists, and technicians in providing water management and hydrologic/hydraulic expertise on a variety of USACE Civil Works projects.

Carolyn Fitzgerald is a registered Civil Engineer in the state of Washington. She holds a BS degree from UCLA and a MS degree from the University of Washington, both in Civil and Environmental Engineering. She has 20 years of career experience with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, with a technical background in water resources engineering. Carolyn is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Michael Folsom, PhD

retired Geography professor, Eastern Washington University

Presentation: Ancient Bends and Reaches of the Great River, Day One

Michael Folsom received his bachelor’s of science from Portland State University in 1967 and earned his master’s degree in stream systems from Michigan State University in 1969 and his PhD in glacial landforms and soils also from MSU in 1971. He was part of the Geography faculty at Eastern Washington University from 1970 through 2016. Dr. Folsom’s decades of work is evidenced by his extensive body of publications, presentations, and museum education work.

Joel Freudenthal

Senior Natural Resource Specialist, Yakima County Public Services Water Resources Division

Presentation: Principles for Development and Design of Integrated Floodplain Restoration: Broadening Support and Implementing Projects on the Naches and Yakima Rivers, Day One

Michael Folsom received his bachelor’s of science from Portland State University in 1967 and earned his master’s degree in stream systems from Michigan State University in 1969 and his PhD in glacial landforms and soils also from MSU in 1971. He was part of the Geography faculty at Eastern Washington University from 1970 through 2016. Dr. Folsom’s decades of work is evidenced by his extensive body of publications, presentations, and museum education work.

Evelyn Galloway

Fish and Wildlife Program Manager, Shoshone Bannock Tribes

Presentation: Yankee Fork Salmon River Dredge Tailings Restoration Project, Day Two

Evelyn Galloway works for the Shoshone Bannock Tribes, Fort Hall, Idaho, as the program manager of the Yankee Fork Restoration Project. Evelyn began working for the Tribes in 1998 as a technician, while earning her BA degree in biology, with a minor in outdoor education at Idaho State University. Once earning her degree, she began working as a manager for the Yankee Fork Restoration Project in 2007; attended various trainings learning more about fluvial geomorphology, assessment and monitoring, habitat restoration and natural channel design. Evelyn has worked up in the Salmon River Basin for two decades and enjoys the outdoor activities throughout the winter and summer months. Working with a Yankee Fork team, the Tribes have been successful in completing the first implementation project in 2012 with Pond Series 3; 2013 restoring Pond Series 2; completing Preacher’s Cove area in 2014 and 2015 began the phase one of a reconnecting the historic confluence of West Fork and the Yankee Fork.

Michael Garrity

Columbia Basin Mitigation Manager, Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife

Panel Discussion: Policy and Law: Challenges and Opportunities, Day Three

Michael Garrity is Columbia Basin Mitigation Manager for the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife where he works on water policy, habitat restoration, and dam management. Prior to joining WDFW in May of this year, Michael was Puget Sound-Columbia Basin director for American Rivers and a law clerk for the Washington State Court of Appeals. Michael holds a J.D. with an environmental law specialization from UC Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall) and a B.A. in History from the University of Washington.

Christine Golightly

Policy Analyst, Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission

Panel Discussion: Federal Policies for Floodplain Development, Day One

Christine Golightly is a Policy Analyst with the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, where she has worked for over 16 years. During this time, she has worked extensively on issues that integrate policy and fisheries science, including federal land management policy and application of the Endangered Species Act to the operation of the Columbia River Federal Power System. She has a B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Arizona and a J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School with a Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law.

Bill Green

Director, Canadian Columbia River Intertribal Fisheries Commission

Panel Discussion: Socio-economic Impacts of Floodplain Development, Day One

Bill Green has been the director of the Canadian Columbia River Intertribal Fisheries Commission (CCRIFC) since 1994. He was worked on fisheries and aquatic ecosystem stewardship throughout his career in Papua New Guinea, with the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council on the west coast of Vancouver Island, and elsewhere in BC. Salmon restoration, learning from the Ktunaxa and other First Nations, and working to reduce the impacts of hydro dams and mines are key things that make Bill want to come to work every day, in addition to working with the great CCRIFC team.

Dr. Stan Gregory

Emeritus Professor and Distinguished Professor of Fisheries, Department of Fisheries & Wildlife, Oregon State University

Panel Discussion: Influence of Floodplain Processes on Cold Water Habitats, Day Two

Dr. Stan Gregory has been a faculty member in the Oregon State University Department of Fisheries & Wildlife since 1981 and has been a leader of the Stream Team at Oregon State for more than three decades. He has studied streams, rivers, and lakes in the Pacific Northwest, and has been leading studies of the Willamette River for the last 20 years. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in the study of limnology and freshwater ecology at OSU for more than 30 years. His fields of expertise include stream ecosystems, landscape perspectives for stream ecosystems, influence of human activities on ecosystem structure and function, and development of restoration perspectives and practices that are consistent with natural stream processes. His research with David Hulse produced a book titled “Willamette Basin Atlas: Trajectories of Environmental and Ecological Change” in 2002 and a special issue in Ecological Applications in 2004. He was co-chair and member of the Independent Multidisciplinary Science Team for the state of Oregon and currently serves on the Independent Scientific Advisory Board for the Northwest Power and Conservation Council.

Tony Grover

Fish and Wildlife Division Director, Northwest Power and Conservation Council

Panel Moderator: Overview of Key Issues from the Workshop and Recommendations for the October Conference, Day Three

Tony’s contact with Columbia Basin hydropower and fish related issues became his primary interest in 1997 when he was serving as Regional Director for Washington Department of Ecology in Spokane. As the Columbia River lead for the agency’s executive management team, Grover covered a range of issues such as Total Dissolved Gas management and Canadian transboundary relationships, the EIS done by the COE on the four snake river dams, negotiations with the Bureau of Reclamation on development of water supplies in the Columbia Basin, the 2001 drought mitigation program, and of course the 2000 BiOp.

In 2002 Grover joined the Washington office of the Northwest Power and Conservation Council to oversee the subbasin planning effort for Washington. In early 2005 Tony began to cover BiOp remand negotiations representing Council members on Washington’s BiOp remand negotiation team. He continued in that role and as a policy advisor to the Washington Council members until being selected for the position of director of Fish and Wildlife at the Council’s central office.

Greg Haller

Conservation Director, Pacific Rivers Council

Presentation: Economic Valuation of the Columbia River Basin, Day One

Greg has over 15 years experience working in collaborative processes focused on complex river basin and land management issues, including the development of the Nez Perce water rights settlement, hydropower operations in the Columbia River Basin, relicensing of the Hells Canyon Complex, the development of Total Maximum Daily Loads and other provisions of the Clean Water Act and forest planning. He is currently the Conservation Director for the Pacific Rivers Council. Greg has a law degree from the University of Idaho College of Law, with emphases in Native American law and Environmental law, and a Master’s degree in environmental management and natural resource economics from Cornell University. A native of Ithaca, New York, Greg grew up surrounded by streams, waterfalls and lakes and developed his passion for river conservation through fly-fishing these waters with his father.

Susan Ireland

Fish and Wildlife Department Director, Kootenai Tribe of Idaho

Presentation: Kootenai River Habitat Restoration Program: A Tribal Approach to Large-Scale Ecosystem-Based River Restoration, Day Two

Ms. Ireland received her undergraduate degree from University of Idaho and her M.S. in Fish and Wildlife Management from Montana State University. She has had the honor of working for the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho since 1996 as their Fish and Wildlife Department Director. She is involved in the restoration of the endangered Kootenai River white sturgeon, burbot, and other native fish and wildlife populations and their habitats in the Kootenai drainage, a transboundary system that crosses international, state and provincial borders with multiple jurisdictions.

http://www.restoringthekootenai.org/

Gary James

Fisheries Program Manager, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

Presentation: Understanding and Restoring Natural Floodplain Function, Day One

Gary James was the first fish biologist hired by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation in 1982. He has managed the CTUIR Fisheries Program for the last 33 years when the program grew from one to about 65 FTE. Gary oversees all aspects of the tribe’s Fisheries Program including coordination with tribal policy, co-managers, funding agencies and the public in planning, implementation, and monitoring of the tribe’s water/fish projects throughout NE Oregon and SE Washington. Projects support a “River Vision” which describes healthy floodplain conditions necessary to protect, restore and enhance tribal First Foods for the perpetual cultural, economic, and sovereign benefit of CTUIR. Projects include instream flow restoration, fish passage, floodplain habitat enhancement, hatchery actions, lamprey and freshwater mussel research and restoration, fish harvest management, and monitoring and evaluation of all the above to determine project success. Gary received a BS Degree in Fisheries from Oregon State University in 1979.

Jay Johnshon

Senior Policy Advisor, Okanagan Nation Alliance

Panel: Policy and Law: Challenges and Opportunities, Day Three

Jay Johnson is the Chief Negotiator and Senior Policy Advisor to the Chiefs’ Executive Council of the Okanagan Nation Alliance (ONA), a southern interior tribal council in BC operating on 69,000km2 of territory that includes the Okanagan, Similkameen valleys, the West Kootenays and under the Colville Confederated Tribes lands in northern Washington state. Jay has worked to represent and advance indigenous title and rights interests for over fifteen years and has led a variety of natural resource and energy sector negotiations and governance files, including the Columbia River Treaty negotiations, on behalf of the Okanagan Nation. He is the Provincial First Nations Leadership Council`s provincial coordinator of the BC First Nations Gaming Committee, has been a special advisor to three BC cabinet ministers and has worked on international development projects in Jordan, Egypt, Mexico and the Caribbean. He holds an MA in International Political Economy from Dalhousie and is a PhD Candidate at the University of Alberta. He has taught political science and indigenous governance at the University of Alberta, Athabasca University and the University of Victoria where he, his wife and two sons currently live.

Nicole Kapell

Environment and Archaeological Stewardship Manager, Ktunaxa Nation Council

Presentation: From Lake to River and River to Lake: Ktunaxa Use of Kootenay River Floodplain, Day One

Nicole grew up in southeast Saskatchewan and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Trent University in Ontario in 2005, majoring in Anthropology. She is currently enrolled in a Master of Arts program in Environment and Management at Royal Roads University. Nicole has worked as an archaeological consultant for the past thirteen years in Belize, Central America, Northern British Columbia and Alberta, and now works in the Ktunaxa Territory in southeast BC. Nicole began working for the Ktunaxa Nation in early 2008 and coordinates KNC engagement in major environmental projects within Ktunaxa Territory. Nicole also oversees KNC archaeology programs and coordinates use and occupancy and cultural values interviews and mapping, to help support Ktunaxa title and rights strategies.

Tom Karier

Washington Member, Northwest Power and Conservation Council

Keynote: Regional Perspective on Floodplain Investments for Fish and Wildlife, Monday Evening Welcome Reception

Tom Karier was first appointed to the Council in 1998 and has served terms as the Council Chair and Chair of the Power Committee. He has also been a board member for the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance and co-chair of both the Northwest Energy Efficiency Leadership and the Northwest Wind Integration Forum.
Prior to working with the Council, Karier was an associate dean at Eastern Washington University from 1995 to 1998 and professor of economics before 1995. During this time he also served as a Research Associate for the Jerome Levy Economics Institute in Annandale, New York. He is the author of three books, Intellectual Capital (Cambridge University Press), Great Experiments in American Economic Policy (Praeger), Beyond Competition (M.E. Sharpe), a dozen journal articles, and many more reports and Op/Ed articles.

Karier earned a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley with a major field in energy and natural resource economics. His bachelor’s degree is in both physics and economics from the University of Illinois.

Steve Klein

Research Forester, Office of Research and Development, Environmental Protection Agency

Presentation: Building a Strong Tribal Partnership with the Nooksack Indian Tribe for Climate Resilience and Salmon Recovery in the South Fork Nooksack River, WA, Day Two

Steve Klein is a Research Forester with the U.S. EPA Office of Research and Development (ORD) in Corvallis, OR. His current research focus is Climate Change Adaptation, Water, Forests and Natural Resource Planning. Steve has a B.A. in Forest Management from Mississippi State University (1978), completed post-graduate studies at the Silvicultural Institute; Oregon State University – University of Washington (1984) and holds a certificate in Strategic Planning; American Management Association (1990). He worked for the U.S. Forest Service from 1979 to 1986 on the Umpqua and Winema National Forests in Oregon. Steve has also worked for EPA in various technical and management positions including, Superfund Washington D.C., ORD Washington D.C. and ORD Newport, OR. He is an active member of the Society of American Foresters (SAF) and the American Society of Adaptation Professionals (ASAP).

Michael Lambert

Fisheries Habitat Program Supervisor, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

Poster Presenter

Michael has 22 years of experience in project and program level natural resource management both in habitat enhancement restoration and protection and research, monitoring and evaluation relative to anadromous and resident fish life history and habitat use. As the CTUIR Fisheries Habitat Program Supervisor, he is responsible for developing strategy and direction for the CTUIR Fisheries Habitat Program in the development, implementation, and administration of protection and restoration activities that benefit floodplain processes and function, and associated native aquatic communities as per CTUIR’s First Foods Mission Statement and Umatilla River Vision across the CTUIR Ceded lands in Northeast Oregon and Southeast Washington.

Michael earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology (Focus Area: Ecology) from Western Oregon State University, Monmouth, Oregon. He also earned a River Restoration Professional Certificate from Portland State University.

Paul Lumley

Executive Director, Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission

Workshop Moderator

Paul Lumley is the Executive Director for the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) and a citizen of the Yakama Nation, which is located in central Washington State. Mr. Lumley worked at CRITFC from 1987-2004 under several capacities. He returned to CRITFC after 5 years in Washington DC to begin his tenure as executive director on July 1, 2009. Mr. Lumley has an extensive history working with Northwest Tribes on salmon issues, particularly in the Columbia River Basin. Paul Lumley received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Western Washington University in 1986.

Guillaume Mauger

Research Scientist, Climate Impacts Group, University of Washington

Presentation: Predicted Climate Change Impacts, Day One
Presentation: Climate Change, Sea Level Rise and Flooding in the Lower Snohomish River Basin, Day Two

Guillaume Mauger is a research scientist working at the Climate Impacts Group at the University of Washington, Seattle. Specializing in Climate Science, his work focuses on assessing and responding to the impacts of climate change on flooding and stormwater. Guillaume has worked on projects that assess hydrologic changes across disparate Northwest watersheds, collaborated with floodplain managers to integrate climate change into their work, and is in the beginning stages of research quantifying climate change impacts on stormwater. In addition to his research, Guillaume serves as a resource to stakeholders that are interested in obtaining and understanding the numerous climate and hydrologic projections that are now available.

Mary Mellema

Supervisory Hydrologist, River and Reservoir Operations, PN Regional Office, Bureau of Reclamation

Presentation: Grand Coulee and Lake Roosevelt Operations, Day One

Mary Mellema has worked for the Bureau of Reclamation Pacific Northwest Regional Office River and Reservoir Operations group since 2001. Her tasks include daily operations and water management for Reclamation reservoirs across the Pacific Northwest. She also coordinates operations for Reclamation reservoirs that are part of the Federal Columbia River Power System. Before coming to Reclamation she worked as a forecast hydrologist for the National Weather Service in Boise, Idaho; Portland, Oregon; and Minneapolis, Minnesota. She has an M.S. and B.S. in Soil Science from the University of Minnesota.

D.R. Michel

Executive Director, Upper Columbia United Tribes

Welcome and Introduction of Tribal, First Nation, and Intertribal Organization Conference Hosts, Day One

D.R. Michel has been the Executive Director for the Upper Columbia United Tribes for eight years. He is a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, and served eight years on the Tribal Business Council, and as Chairman of the Natural Resources Committee. His background is primarily in forestry – including many years managing forest fire suppression. The Upper Columbia United Tribes is a coalition of five Tribes: the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, the Colville Confederated Tribes, the Kalispel Tribe, the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho, and the Spokane Tribe of Indians. As Executive Director, D.R. applies his broad experience and knowledge to advise policy matters and decisions for the protection, preservation, and enhancement of Tribal Rights, Sovereignty, Culture, Fish, Water, Wildlife, Habitat and other interests of common concern for the benefit of all people in the Columbia River Basin. He provides justification and validation on a myriad of issues – including forestry, water quality and water supply, cultural and natural resources, river and reservoir management, developing and maintaining regional partnerships, and administrative functions. D.R. served as the Sovereign Review Team delegate for the UCUT on the 2014/2024 Columbia River Treaty Review; and is an active and effective member of the Coalition of Columbia Basin Tribes.

Kristian Mickelson

P.E., CRT H&H Technical Lead, Water Management, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District

Corps of Engineers Climate Change Studies in the Columbia River Basin, Day One

Kristian Mickelson, P.E., has worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Seattle District Water Management section since 2009. His duties have included both real-time reservoir management and longer term planning studies within the Columbia Basin. Since 2011 his work has mostly focused on the Columbia River Treaty studies, including leading the Corps climate change team for studies in the Columbia Basin. For the last two years he has led all the Corps hydrology, hydraulics and reservoir modeling studies for the Columbia River Treaty work.

Kristian received his Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington and earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Oregon State University. Kristian previously served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bolivia, developing basic sanitation projects with local government officials.

Robert J. Naiman

Emeritus Professor, School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences, University of Washington

Presentation: Importance of Floodplain Foodwebs for Sustaining Riverine Fisheries, Day One

Career highlights include being a research scientist and director of the Matamek Research Program of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, director of the Center for Streamside Studies at the University of Washington, a visiting scientist on numerous occasions with the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (Toulouse, France), and a professor at the Centre of Excellence in Natural Resource Management at the University of Western Australia for several years. My research addresses the structure and dynamics of riverine ecosystems – including riparian vegetation, and the role of large animals in influencing ecosystem dynamics. The research activities laid the foundation for ~10 books on aquatic ecology and watershed management and produced 230+ journal articles. I am an ISI Highly Cited Researcher. In 2008 I was awarded the title of Doctor Honoris Causa by the Université Paul Sabatier, in 2012 I received the Eminent Scientist award from the Ecological Society of America and in 2013 I presented the E. Baldi memorial lecture to the International Society of Limnology. Until recently I chaired the Independent Scientific Advisory Board for the restoration and management of the Columbia River (USA).

Scott O’Daniel

Research Geographer, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

Presentation: Hyporheic Restoration of the Meacham Creek Floodplain, Day Two

Scott combines field studies with spatial modeling to better understand and manage aquatic habitats. He has degrees from Washington State University and the University of California at Santa Barbara. He has worked for private companies and the USFS Region 10, for the past 19 years he has worked for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

Richard Paisley

Director, Global Transboundary International Waters Governance Initiative

Panel: Policy and Law: Challenges and Opportunities, Day Three
Panel: Overview of Key Issues from the Workshop and Recommendations for the October Conference, Day Three

Richard Kyle Paisley is Director of the Global Transboundary International Waters Governance Research Initiative at the University of British Columbia, IAR, in Vancouver, Canada. He is also (part time) Advisor on Natural Resources / Wealth Sharing for the United Nations Department of Political Affairs (DPA) Standby Team of Senior Mediation Advisors.

Richard’s academic background includes graduate degrees in natural resources management, law and international law from the University of Washington, Pepperdine University School of Law and London School of Economics & Political Science.

His current research, teaching, graduate supervision and advisory interests include domestic and international water and energy law, negotiations, international business transactions and environmental conflict resolution.

Richard has directed a wide range of conferences, capacity building exercises, negotiations and applied research projects, and been an advisor, trainer and special counsel on these subjects to a wide range of governments, international institutions, non governmental organization; the private sector and aboriginal groups.

He has worked widely throughout Africa, Asia and the Americas and published extensively in the scholarly academic literature. Richard is an avid downhill and cross country skier, cycler, backpacker and kayaker.

Rudy Salakory

Aquatic Habitat Program Manager, Cowlitz Indian Tribe

Presentation: Wallooskee-Youngs Confluence Tidal Floodplain Reconnection Project, Day Two

Rudy Salary is the Aquatic Habitat Program Manager for the Cowlitz Indian Tribe. He graduated from Washington State University, where he received his BS in Biology and did postgraduate work on competition and facilitation between colonizing species in primary succession on Mt St Helens. Over the last eight years, Rudy has developed an Aquatic Habitat Restoration program which focusses on restoring habitat forming processes throughout Southwest Washington and Northwest Oregon. This program has developed, funded, and implemented 27 projects that restore floodplain connectivity and habitat for salmonids and other species central to the Cowlitz People.

Derek Sandison

Director, Washington State Department of Agriculture

Presentation: Floodplains and Agriculture, Day Three

Derek I. Sandison was appointed director of the Washington State Department of Agriculture by Gov. Jay Inslee in June 2015.

Sandison, a lifelong Washington resident, has worked in both the public and private sectors for more than 40 years. Before his current appointment, Sandison served as director of the Office of Columbia River within the state Department of Ecology. There, he was responsible for projects to develop water supplies vital for the state’s agricultural community. Previously, he led Ecology’s Central Region, an area composed of seven counties stretching from Canada to Washington’s southern border.

Other career experience includes 14 years as senior vice president of a Northwest consulting firm and 12 years in local government.

As state agriculture director, Sandison supports and promotes Washington’s rich and diverse agricultural industry both nationally and internationally.

Sandison has a master’s of science in natural resource management and a bachelor’s degree in biological science, both from Central Washington University. He has received many awards throughout his career, including the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s John W. Keys III Award for building partnerships and strengthening relationships and the Washington Governor’s Leadership in Management Award.

John Sirois (say’ ay’)

Committee Coordinator, Upper Columbia United Tribes

Presentation: Cultural Perspective on Challenges, Opportunities and Outcomes, Day Three

Mr. Sirois is an enrolled member of the Okanagan and Wenatchi Bands of the Colville Confederated Tribes. Mr. Sirois served a majority of his professional career working within the Colville Tribes’ government in cultural revitalization, economic development, renewable energy project development, policy development, and governance as former Council Chairman and Council Member. Mr. Sirois now serves Upper Columbia United Tribes as the Committee Coordinator to facilitate issues through an intertribal committee process to respond to many fish, wildlife and natural resources issues. Key committees’ efforts are to investigate and spearhead the reintroduction of salmon above Chief Joseph and Grand Coulee Dams on the Columbia River and Climate change affects to all of the committees’ efforts. Mr. Sirois approaches the betterment of our natural resources and committee work through the lens of cultural teachings and applied science. Mr. Sirois seeks to build a better future for the lands animals and all people for generations to come.

John Shurts

General Counsel, Northwest Power and Conservation Council

Presentation: Overview of the Columbia River Basin: History, geology, and hydrosystem, Day One

John Shurts is the General Counsel for the Northwest Power and Conservation Council in Portland, Oregon, an interstate agency formed by the states of Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. The Council develops a regional electrical power plan for the Pacific Northwest and a fish and wildlife protection and mitigation program for the Columbia River Basin, programs implemented largely by agencies of the federal government.

As part of his work, Shurts regularly briefs delegations and study tours from different parts of the world on Columbia River energy, water, fish and wildlife, and international Columbia River Treaty issues, both law and policy. Recent writings on the Columbia include a long introduction to the Columbia River Treaty, “Rethinking the Columbia River Treaty,” for the book of collected essays The Columbia River Treaty Revisited (2012). Shurts is also an adjunct professor at the University of Portland and has been the same at other universities in Oregon, teaching courses in environmental and natural resources policy, water resources law and policy, energy law, and environmental history. Shurts has a law degree from Lewis and Clark Law School and also a Ph.D. degree in American History from the University of Oregon, with a book on the origin and development of Indian reserved water rights, Indian Reserved Water Rights: The Winters Doctrine in its Social and Legal Context, 1880s-1930s (2000). He speaks and consults separately on Indian water rights and river matters in areas outside the Columbia basin, most recently as an adviser to the Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council.

Wilbur Slockish, Jr

Klickitat Chief, Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation; CRITFC Commissioner

Presentation: Cultural Perspective of Floodplains and Climate Change, Day Two

Wilbur Slockish, Jr is the river chief of the Klickitat Tribe, one of the bands that make up the Yakama Nation. He grew up along the Columbia River, fishing there his whole life. He is actively involved in the traditional customs and ceremonies of his tribe and speaks as a voice for not only his people, but for the resources upon which their culture is based.

Scott D. Van Hoff

Natural Hazards Program Specialist, Mitigation/Floodplain Management Division, FEMA Region X

Panel: Policies for Floodplain Development, Day One

Scott has worked as a Floodplain Management/NFIP Specialist for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) since January 2014. Scott currently works as a Senior Specialist for Endangered Species Act compliance. His responsibilities include providing technical assistance, training, and program oversight to local and state government, and providing general assistance and outreach to the general public related to the National Flood Insurance Program and compliance with the Endangered Species Act.

Scott previously worked 7 years at US Geological Survey as a Geospatial Liaison for the National Geospatial Program. His role was to Coordinate geospatial data collection and distribution activities among all levels of government to create cost savings and provide data to The National Map. This was done though establishing partnerships with regional and state-level agencies, Tribes, scientific committees, and other organizations and institutions that support NSDI objectives. Prior to that, Scott worked over 10 years at Idaho Department of Water Resources where he served as the State Coordinator for the National Flood Insurance Program, A Hydrogeologist, and a Well Construction/Water Rights Examiner.

Scott earned a BS Geology from Washington State University and completed 2 years of graduate study in Hydrology, Geology, and Chemistry at Idaho State University. Scott was born in Washington State and currently resides on Camano Island where he enjoys boating, fishing, and boat building hobbies.

Christina Wang

Biologist, Columbia River Fish & Wildlife Conservation Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Panel: Policies for Floodplain Development, Day One

Christina has been a fish biologist with the USFWS since 2003. She joined the Columbia River Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office as a lamprey field biologist. Christina served as the leader of the non-salmonid program which focused on the biology and conservation of Pacific and western brook lamprey as well as native freshwater mussels. Currently she coordinates the Pacific Lamprey Conservation Initiative, the Pacific Lamprey Fish Habitat Partnership and is chair of the Pacific Lamprey Technical Workgroup. Christina also studies climate change vulnerability of Pacific Lamprey throughout its U.S. range. Christina received a B.A. in Biology from Drake University and an M.S. in Marine Biology from California State University Long Beach.

Jerry White

Spokane Riverkeeper

Panel: Federal Policies for Floodplain Development, Day One

Jerry White was raised in the Pacific NW, fishing for trout and salmon from an early age. Growing up in Cheney, WA, he went on to study Archaeology at Western Washington University, worked in Cultural Resources Management for the USFS and the BLM before teaching history and English for 13 years. Jerry has lived on the Spokane River since the early 1990s doing river advocacy and volunteer work. Continuing to be value wild salmon, he became a staffer for Save Our Wild Salmon in the protection of wild salmon stocks in the Snake River Basin in 2008. Currently, he is the Spokane Riverkeeper, a member of the international Waterkeeper Alliance, and works on law, policy and advocacy in order to keep the Spokane River fishable and swimmable.

Howie Wright

Program Manager, Okanagan Nation Alliance Fisheries Department

Presentation: Okanagan River Restoration Initiative, Day Two

Howie Wright is the Program Manager at the Okanagan Nation Alliance Fisheries Department and provides policy/ program oversight and direction of the fisheries program. He has a Masters of Science in Resource Management and Environmental Studies program with the Institute for Resources and Environmental Studies at the University of British Columbia and is a member of the Canadian Okanagan Basin Technical Working Group. He is involved in project and contract management, staff oversight, participation in transboundary technical sessions and liaises between First Nations, Provincial and Federal fish agencies.

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