Projects

Columbia River Treaty (CRT) Review – Columbia River Basin, OR, WA, ID, MT, British Columbia (2011-present)

Client: Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT)

John represents the CSKT in this Columbia basin-wide process. He is a leader on the Small Work Group (SWG) made up of senior staff for the 15 tribes’ coalition working to further tribal goals on the CRT. The SWG works on all aspects of CRT activities at the direction of tribal leaders. Prior to the completion of the CRT Sovereign Participation Process, he was the designated representative on the Sovereign Technical Team and the alternate on the Sovereign Review Team, which was the policy body for the Review. The Review developed a consensus regional recommendation on the future of the CRT, submitted to the U.S. Department of State in December 2013. CRT activities continue as the tribes push for quick decisions and actions to modernize the Treaty consistent with the regional recommendation.

Client: Cowlitz Indian Tribe

Beginning in 2015, the Cowlitz Indian Tribe contracted with Marsh Consulting LLC to assist with the Small Work Group (SWG) and related CRT activities.

Review of ESA Documents related to Portland Harbor Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) Process – Portland, OR (2011)

Client: Environmental Protection Agency

Functioning as a Senior Expert Reviewer, John provided comments to EPA on documents related to addressing Endangered Species Act (ESA) compliance on the Portland Harbor CERCLA Process. This work was done while he was employed at a regional consultant firm as the Director of the ESA Program.

Portland Harbor Restoration Plan Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement – Portland, OR (2010-2012)

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

John was the project manager for this effort to provide National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance for work to restore, rehabilitate, replace and acquire the equivalent of natural resources and associated services injured by the release of hazardous substances in the Portland Harbor under the Natural Resources Damage Assessment (NRDA) process.  This work was contracted through NOAA and addresses a Restoration Plan developed under the direction of the eight member Trustee Council made up of representatives of tribes and federal/state agencies. This type of Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) provides programmatic compliance so that specific project compliance is simplified and expedited.

Programmatic Agreement - Santiam-Albany Canal Operations, Maintenance, and Improvement Program – Willamette Basin, OR (2010-2011)

Client: City of Albany

John managed this work with the City of Albany to develop a programmatic agreement among the Corps of Engineers, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Oregon State Historic Preservation Office, Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community, Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, and the City of Albany. It addresses the operations, maintenance, and improvement program for the Santiam-Albany Canal.

Walterville Fish Return Channel Review – McKenzie River, OR (2009)

Client: Eugene Water & Electric Board and OBEC

John was the project manager and provided senior QA/QC for this project that evaluated erosion damage around an anadromous fish passage facility at a hydropower facility.

Newberg Dundee Bypass – Yamhill County, OR (2008-2010)

Client: Oregon Dept. of Transportation

John provided senior QA/QC for this project.

Columbia River Crossing Project – Vancouver, WA and Portland, OR (2008-2010)

WA Dept. of Transportation and OR Dept. of Transportation

The Interstate 5 (I-5) Columbia River Crossing (CRC) project was a multimodal project focused on improving safety, reducing congestion, and increasing mobility of motorists, freight traffic, transit riders, bicyclists, and pedestrians along a 5-mile section of the I-5 corridor connecting Vancouver, WA, and Portland, OR. John led the effort to assess fish losses and needed mitigation for the project as well as served as a senior advisor for ESA and other natural resources aspects of the project. This included use of Habitat Equivalency Analysis as one of the methods to determine losses. He also served as a facilitator for a multi-agency committee on this project.

SR 520 Bridge Replacement and HOV Project Draft EIS – King County, WA (2006-2011)

Client: WA State Dept. of Transportation

This $4+ billion program is replacing one of the floating bridges over Lake Washington in the Seattle, WA area. It includes a major tolling study, development of a site in Grays Harbor to construct pontoons for the bridge; replacement and rebuilding of 12 additional bridges, 7 miles of roadway and a multitude of interchanges; numerous watershed improvement mitigation projects, as well as replacement of the existing floating bridge. Regulatory compliance required for this program included NEPA, SEPA, ESA, Clean Water Act, NHPA, and applicable state and local permits. John served in several roles on the program over time including ESA Strategist, Deputy Environmental Program Manager, Manager for the Prime Contractor for a $30+ million contract, and Regulatory Compliance Strategist. He was one of eight consultant and WSDOT persons who served on the Senior Management Team for this program of over 130 staffers. John took a lead role on this project for consultation and coordination with eight affected tribes.

Natural Resources Master Services Agreement – Columbia Basinwide, OR, WA, ID, MT (2006-2010)

Client: Bonneville Power Administration

John was the project manager for this master services agreement. Services provided under the agreement included: NEPA compliance, ESA compliance, habitat restoration, watershed assessment, and wildlife, fish, and plant management and surveys.

Cherry Lane Bridge Replacement-- Nez Perce Tribe and Idaho Local Highway Technical Assistance Council, Idaho (2006-2008)

Client: Keller Associates, Inc.

John managed regulatory compliance services on a team that designed a new bridge over the Clearwater River upstream from Lewiston, Idaho. John managed work that included collection of information that was used in a matrix decision process to reduce the proposed alternatives from 12 down to three sites. John’s team prepared ESA, NEPA, and other compliance documents for the proposed bridge. He also acted as the tribal liaison for the project.

Tucannon River Milestone Assessment Phases 1 and 2 – Tucannon Basin, WA (2006)

Client: Columbia Conservation District

In the mid-1990s, the Natural Resources and Conservation Service surveyed and assessed in-stream habitat characteristics along a 40-mile stretch of the Tucannon River in an attempt to duplicate and build on a 1935 survey. During the first phase of this project, John managed surveying and assessing the same area using the same protocol followed by the NRCS, in order to monitor and assess the success of implementing the watershed management strategies developed in the 1997 Tucannon River Model Watershed Plan. John also managed the second phase of this project to compare the 2006 survey results to the earlier survey results. A draft and final report were produced that documented the methodology, results, and findings.

Facilitation Services for Portland Harbor Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) Process – Portland, OR (2006)

Environmental Protection Agency

In 2006, John was brought in to facilitate the Framework Technical and Management Meetings for the Portland Harbor CERCLA process. This group, composed of representatives of the EPA, DEQ, Lower Willamette Group, and tribal, federal, and state trustees, could not resolve several critical issues and was essentially at a standstill. John’s role was to work with all the parties to resolve this problem which he successfully did over a several month period.

Confederated Tribes of Umatilla Indian Reservation Tribal Reserved Water Rights – Umatilla River, OR (2005-2007)

Client: Stetson Engineers, Inc.

John managed the team that addressed the instream reserved water rights of the CTUIR in the Umatilla Basin. This work identified the instream flows required to maintain a healthy river ecosystem; as well as, the fish and other tribally important aquatic organisms that depend on this ecosystem for consideration of the tribal council and staff. Other members of the team addressed quantification of consumptive uses of reserved water rights of the tribes.

Bus Rapid Transit Pioneer Parkway – Eugene, OR (2005-2006)

Client: Lane Transit District

John provided senior advisory and review services that improved public transportation facilities in the Springfield-Eugene area. The environmental review he led resulted in compliance with ESA including a report of no effects on listed species finding for the project.

Critical Areas Ordinance – Cowlitz County, WA (2005)

Client: Cowlitz County

John was a senior technical advisor on this project to assist Cowlitz County in updating CAOs. ESA concerns were incorporated into the update as a central element. In addition, John led the effort to review the ESA recovery plan for Lower Columbia listed salmon for the County. The County needed to know what actions the recovery plan required of it and therefore potential liabilities and responsibilities. This review was completed in late 2005 and findings were discussed with County commissioners and staff. The County used the final report for negotiations with the Lower Columbia Fish Recovery Board, NMFS, USFWS, and others.

Oregon Bridge Delivery Program – Salem, OR (2004-2008)

Client: Oregon Dept. of Transportation

John provided senior QA/QC for this project.

OTIA III Bridge Delivery Program – OR Statewide (2004-2006)

Client: Oregon Dept. of Transportation

John provided senior QA/QC for this project.

Walla Walla Subbasin Plan Revision – Walla Walla Subbasin, WA (2004-2005)

Client: Walla Walla Basin Watershed Council

John successfully managed the process of this subbasin plan to bring it into compliance with requested revisions by the Northwest Power and Planning Council’s Independent Science Advisory Board.

Harrison Bridge – Coeur d'Alene, ID (2004)

Client: Keller Associates, Inc.

John provided senior QA/QC for this project.

Marine Park Wetlands Assessment – Vancouver, WA (2004)

Client: City of Vancouver, WA

John managed this project that assessed the wetlands in the Vancouver Marine Park located along the Columbia River. The assessment was done to inventory the resources in the Marine Park for use in an educational program as well as to identify potential restoration opportunities.

Snake River Salmon Recovery Plan – Lower Snake Basin, Idaho (2003-2006)

Snake River Salmon Recovery Board

John was project manager for this multi-year effort to develop a recovery plan for ESA-listed salmon and bull trout species in the Lower Snake River region. The Snake River Salmon Recovery Board is made up of representatives of local counties, the Nez Perce Tribe, and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. The recovery plan is intended to be a living document that will change as needed over time. It addresses recovery actions related to hydropower, hatcheries, harvest and habitat; with an emphasis on local habitat improvements. The Asotin, Lower Snake, Tucannon, and Walla Walla sub-basins plans, produced under other contracts that were managed by John, form the basis of this regional recovery plan. The October 2005 version of the recovery plan was submitted by the Washington State Governor's Office to NMFS and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and was subsequently adopted as the recovery plan for lower Snake River listed species.

Montana Forested Trust Lands NEPA/MEPA HCP and EIS – Statewide, MT (2003-2005)

Client: Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation

The project team provided all services for production of a Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) and EIS. As HCP team leader, John’s services included: overall management of the HCP, ESA policy advice for the client, participation in public meetings, development, and review of outlines and draft documents, and facilitation of steering committee meetings. This project addressed forest management activities on nearly 1 million acres of state trust land in Montana. Up to 14 fish and wildlife species were considered for inclusion in the HCP.

Adult Hatchery Fish Outplanting Programmatic Biological Assessment (BA) – Columbia River Basin, OR, WA, ID (2003-2004)

Client: Bonneville Power Administration

John researched and wrote this BA. The purpose of the BA was to provide ESA compliance for allowing hatchery salmon to naturally spawn in specific streams of the Columbia Basin. This was intended to increase the productivity of naturally produced populations of salmon at a rate faster than without the hatchery supplementation. John worked with staff from BPA, USFWS, NMFS, Umatilla Tribe, Nez Perce Tribe, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

Cross Base Highway (SR 704) Corridor Study and EIS – Pierce County, WA (2003)

Client: Pierce County

The Cross Base Highway was built to provide much needed public transportation across a military base south of Seattle, Washington. The project manager role on this project was addressing regulatory compliance including NEPA and ESA. John provided senior policy advice for the client and project manager regarding compliance with the ESA for numerous listed species that occur in the huge project area. This included guidance on how to address the Washington ground squirrel which was a candidate species being considered for ESA listing over the term of the project. John also provided senior QA/QC for early drafts of the BA and managed the finalization of the BA.

Burnt Bridge Creek ESA Habitat Survey – Vancouver, WA (2003)

Client: City of Vancouver, WA

John was the principal-in-charge for and managed several City of Vancouver projects. This project surveyed the water quality and fish species use of Burnt Bridge Creek. This creek is an urban stream that flows through the city. Listed fish species have access to the creek from the Columbia River mainstem. The ESA manager for the City procured these services to determine what regulatory actions the City should take to comply with the ESA.

Walla Walla Basin Habitat Conservation Plan – Walla Walla Basin, WA and OR (2002-2007)

Client: EES-HDR Engineering

John led efforts to develop a unique bi-state HCP that would address activities related to water quality and quantity, including streamside riparian areas, for the entire Walla Walla River Basin. The HCP focused on listed summer steelhead and bull trout, but was intended to also benefit other listed and non-listed fish and wildlife species. This multi-year effort involved all affected interests in the watershed, including federal, state, local, and tribal governments; irrigation districts; private landowners; and watershed and environmental groups. Project coordination required consistency with other efforts, such as listed species recovery, regional subbasin planning, the Clean Water Act, and watershed planning.

Lower Columbia Subbasin Plan – Lower Columbia Basin, OR and WA (2002-2005)

Client: Lower Columbia River Estuary Partnership

John served as the senior technical advisor for development of this subbasin plan. The geographical area addressed included the mainstem of the Columbia River from Bonneville Dam to the mouth of the river estuary and several minor tributaries on the Oregon side of the river. The plan was a building block for the habitat portion of the recovery plan for ESA-listed species in the Lower Columbia River Basin. This locally developed plan provided a watershed vision, biological objectives, and strategies for selected fish and wildlife species. The biological objectives identified a desired future condition for the environmental health of the watershed. These were fully justified based on a technical assessment, identifying existing environmental conditions and limiting factors to a healthy watershed. Subbasin plan strategies delineated what approach to use to reach the objectives. Specific projects were identified to implement the strategies in funding processes such as the Washington Governors Salmon Recovery Funding Board, Northwest Power and Conservation Council’s Fish and Wildlife Program; as well as, other federal, state, and local programs. The plan also included a monitoring and evaluation approach for determining progress toward meeting the biological objectives. The development of the subbasin plan was overseen by the Lower Columbia River Estuary Partnership on the Oregon side of the river and the Lower Columbia Fish Recovery Board on the Washington side of the river.

Asotin Creek, Lower Snake Mainstem River, Tucannon, and Walla Walla Subbasin Plans – Lower Snake River, WA (2002-2005)

Clients: Asotin County, Pomeroy and Columbia Conservation Districts, and Walla Walla County

John managed the development of subbasin plans in the Asotin Creek, Lower Snake Mainstem River, Tucannon River, and Walla Walla subbasins located in southwestern Washington. These plans were intended to provide the building blocks for the habitat portion of recovery plans for the ESA-listed species in these subbasins. These locally developed plans provided a watershed vision, biological objectives, and strategies for selected focal fish and wildlife species. The biological objectives identified a desired future condition for the environmental health of the watershed. These were fully justified based on a technical assessment, identified existing environmental conditions, and limited factors to a healthy watershed. Subbasin plan strategies delineated what approach will be used to reach the objectives. Specific projects were identified to implement the strategies in funding processes such as the Washington Governor's Salmon Recovery Funding Board, Northwest Power and Conservation Council’s Fish and Wildlife Program, as well as other federal, state, and local programs. Each plan also included a monitoring and evaluation approach for determining progress toward meeting the biological objectives. The processes to develop the subbasin plans were overseen by lead entities including local governments, watershed councils, and tribes, and included extensive public and stakeholder involvement.

ODOT Bridge Replacement Strategy – Statewide, OR (2002-2004)

Client: Oregon Dept. of Transportation

John worked with ODOT to develop a comprehensive mitigation/conservation strategy (CMCS) that used an “ecoprovince priorities” approach to address regional ecological goals. The CMCS program included establishment of mitigation banks to accommodate mitigation needs for ODOT’s Bridge Delivery Program as well as future ODOT transportation projects. John provided senior QA/QC and assisted on coordination between ODOT and NMFS for this project.

Best Available Science & Critical Areas – Vancouver, WA (2002-2003)

Client: City of Vancouver, WA

John was the principal-in-charge for and managed several City of Vancouver projects. This project identified, analyzed, and updated Critical Areas Ordnances to ensure compliance with the ESA and thereby reduce the City’s risks associated with the ordinances. This incorporated ESA concerns for several fish species that were listed in the 1990s.

Battle Ground Visioning and Updates of the Comprehensive and Transportation Plans – Battle Ground, WA (2002)

Client: City of Battle Ground

This project provided the City of Battle Ground with services that resulted in updating comprehensive and transportation plans. John worked on efforts to incorporate ESA concerns into these plans including a public workshop with the city council addressing ESA.

Fish Proposal Review – Columbia River Basin, OR, WA, ID, MT (2001-2002)

Client: Bonneville Power Administration

Bonneville Power Administration annually funds $130 to $170 million of the projects implemented under the Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program. This program addresses losses of fish and wildlife in the Columbia River Basin caused by the development and operation of the hydropower system. John reviewed submitted proposals for policy implications related to Bonneville interests; as well as, consistency with the Fish and Wildlife Program. He prepared and presented reports to Bonneville staff that included his finding and recommendations regarding the proposals submitted for funding.

ESA Services – Statewide, OR (2001-2002)

Client: Oregon Association of County Engineers and Surveyors (OACES)

The OACES procured John's services to lead an effort to develop road maintenance guidelines to be adopted by individual counties to provide compliance with the ESA. This effort included development of a multi-page form that counties can fill out and submit to the National Marine Fisheries Service for application of coverage under Section 4(d) of the ESA. Several counties submitted applications for this ESA coverage for road maintenance activities. John worked cooperatively with NMFS to develop an addendum to the salmon 4(d) rule addressing BMPs for application of dust palliatives on gravel roads.

Channel Improvement Reconsultation – Lower Columbia River, OR & WA (2001-2002)

Client: Port of Portland

John was the project manager for this year-long, over $1.2 million ESA compliance project. His team prepared a revised Biological Assessment (BA) for the Corps of Engineers funded by a consortium of six ports, led by the Port of Portland, for the deepening of the Columbia River navigation channel. This channel extends from the mouth of the Columbia to the Portland/Vancouver metropolitan area, over 100 miles. The previous BA had been found inadequate in litigation. National and regional experts on fisheries, wildlife, river ecology, hydrology, toxicology, dredging, and modeling comprised the consultant team who addressed this very controversial project. The over 600-page revised BA was subsequently upheld in a series of legal challenges.

Idaho Falls Hydro, Low Impact Certification – Idaho Falls, ID (2001)

Client: Bonneville Power Administration

John managed this project funded by BPA to procure "Low Impact Certification" of the Idaho Falls Hydropower Project. This certification allows electric power from hydropower projects to be sold at a lower rate. Certification required a demonstration that the project has caused and continues to cause low to no impacts to the natural environment and related resources. The Low Impact Hydropower Institute, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to reducing the impacts of hydropower generation, was the certifying organization.

Critical Areas Ordinance – Camas, WA (2001)

Client: City of Camas

This project provided the City of Camas with services that resulted in updating critical areas ordinances. John worked on efforts to incorporate ESA concerns into these ordinances including a public workshop addressing ESA concerns.

ESA Services On-Call Contract – Statewide, OR (2000-2004)

Client: Oregon Dept. of Transportation (ODOT)

John managed this on-call contract to provide ESA services to ODOT. Numerous biological assessments addressing potential effects of transportation projects on listed fish, wildlife, and plants were completed under this contract.

Final Water Restoration Plant Upgrade – Grants Pass, OR (2000-2003)

Client: City of Grants Pass

John provided senior QA/QC and project management services for the BA needed for this water treatment plant expansion and new outfall into the Rogue River, a river that supports ESA listed salmon.

ESA On-Call Contract – Vancouver, WA (2000-2003)

Client: City of Vancouver, WA

John managed this on-call services contract for a regional consulting firm. Services provided under this contract included biological assessments, updating critical area ordinances, habitat surveys, and policy advising.

Columbia Basin Fish/Wildlife Tribal Assistance – Columbia River Basin, OR, WA, ID (2000-2002)

Client: Columbia River Intertribal Fish Commission

Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission provides policy and technical advisory services to its member tribes – Nez Perce, Umatilla, Warm Springs, and Yakama. John has managed several contracts with CRITFC to assist in addressing policy and planning issues related to the Northwest Power and Conservation Council’s Fish and Wildlife Program, watershed planning activities and issues, and other Columbia River Basin fish activities and issues.

Salmon Recovery Workshops – Salem, Portland, OR, Seattle, WA (2000-2001)

Client: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)

This project assisted NMFS in organizing and implementing a series of workshops for state and local jurisdictions and other interested parties in western Oregon and Washington. These workshops addressed the newly adopted 4(d) rule addressing listed salmon. The final 4(d) rule set forth thirteen programs or activities, termed limits, under which the ESA prohibition on take does not apply. These limits address road maintenance, park maintenance, habitat improvement, research activities, fish passage, land development, and forest management. John was the project manager for this project and worked as an extension of NMFS staff.

Salem Hospital Replacement – Salem, OR (2000)

Client: Hammes Company

The projects was an ESA audit for the replacement of the major regional hospital in Salem, Oregon. The new hospital resulted in substantial new impervious surface and was located next to a stream that provided habitat for listed fish species. John managed this project that analyzed the federal, state, and local regulations that needed to be addressed as well as mitigation actions that could be taken to address potential adverse effects on listed species. The audit recommendations resulted in several construction and design changes that brought the project into compliance with the ESA.

Expert Review – Columbia River Basin, OR, WA, ID, MT (2000)

Client: Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF)

John served as an independent, expert reviewer for the BEF watershed grant process. This foundation provides grants for watershed improvement projects; as well as, for development of renewable energy technologies.

ESA Training Workshop – Washington County, OR (2000)

Client: Washington County, OR

This project provided ESA training for Washington County Public Works office staff and road crews. John led the planning and facilitation of the training workshop including develop of a document summarizing ESA questions and answers addressed at the workshop.

Trans-Lake Washington EIS Scoping – Lake Washington, WA (1999-2001)

Client: WA State Dept. of Transportation

John’s role was to provide ESA policy and scientific advice. This included participation in a scoping committee and review of draft documents. The scoping process analyzed several alternatives for enhancing transportation across Lake Washington as the existing bridges across the lake were not currently adequate to provide easy access to the fast growing metropolitan area east of the city.

On-Call Environmental Services – Snohomish County, WA (1999-2001)

Client: Snohomish County

John provided ESA training to Snohomish County staff under this on-call services contract.

Umatilla Hatchery Supplementation Master Plan – Umatilla Basin, OR (1999-2000)

Client: Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR)

John managed efforts to update the master plan for the Umatilla Tribal Chinook salmon supplementation program. This included: development of a format and draft/final versions of the plan to meet the needs of the tribe, Bonneville Power Administration, and Northwest Power and Conservation Council, integration of monitoring/evaluation and genetic risk assessment sections into the plan, and attending/facilitating meetings needed to develop and gain approval of the plan.

Snohomish Watershed Chinook Salmon Recovery Plan – Snohomish Basin, WA (1999-2000)

Client: Snohomish County

John managed this project that provided policy and scientific services related to development of a Chinook salmon recovery plan for the Snohomish Watershed in Washington State. John worked with a steering committee to identify alternative regulatory approaches that could be implemented by local jurisdictions, including tribes, counties, and cities to support salmon recovery. The alternatives were designed to deal with ecological problems in the context of social and economic considerations.

Artificial Production Review and Evaluation – Columbia River Basin, OR, WA, ID (1996-2002)

Client: Northwest Power Planning Council

John oversaw development and completion of the regional Artificial Production Review Report, which was submitted to Congress late in 1999. After submission of the report to Congress, John provided advice and assistance on this project regarding fish production and watershed issues... He was also involved in implementing recommendations in the report related to development of performance standards and initiation of Columbia Basin-wide watershed-based subbasin planning.

Procedure and Criteria for Watershed Project Selection – Columbia Basinwide, OR, WA, ID, MT (1991)

Client: Northwest Power Planning Council

John chaired an effort that resulted in a procedure and criteria for selection of watershed projects for funding under the Councils Fish and Wildlife Program. Watershed projects; as defined under the program included: habitat assessment, on-the-ground work, monitoring and evaluation, coordination, and education. Between $15 and $20 million is expended annually on these types of program activities.

Pacific Northwest Salmon Summit – Columbia Basinwide, OR, WA, ID (1990-1991)

Client: Northwest Power Planning Council

In 1990 with the impending listing of numerous salmon species under the ESA, Senator Mark Hatfield called a regional salmon summit. His hope was to develop a consensus regional solution to salmon recovery.  John served as staff lead for development of the Fish Habitat Management Plan that resulted from the summit. This plan identified actions the federal land management agencies agreed to implement to address salmon recovery.

Model/Focus Watershed Program – Columbia River Basinwide, OR, WA, ID, MT (1988-1999)

Client: Northwest Power Planning Council

John was responsible for developing the concept for and managing this watershed-based program. The program provided funds to designated watersheds for development of watershed approaches; as well as, funds for on-the-ground projects. Subbasins in the model watershed program included: the Grand Ronde in Oregon, the Upper Salmon (including the Lemhi, South Fork of the Salmon, and Pahsimeroi rivers) in Idaho, and the Tucannon, Wenaha, and Asotin in Washington. Focus watersheds included: the Okanogan in Washington, the McKenzie in Oregon, the Clearwater in Idaho, and the Flathead in Montana.

System Planning Project – Columbia River Basin, OR, WA, ID (1988-1990)

Client: Northwest Power Planning Council

John managed a successful Council effort to develop the 31 salmon and steelhead subbasin plans and the associated Columbia Basin Integrated System Plan. He was involved in contracts with all fish and wildlife management tribal, federal, and state entities in the basin (over 50 FTEs). The budget for this project was over $6 million. The project required extensive public processes.

Resident Fish Substitutions – Columbia Basinwide, OR, WA, ID, MT (1985-1999)

Client: Northwest Power Planning Council

John was responsible for developing concepts and policy for resident fish substitution policy. This program provided mitigation to resident fish species for anadromous fish losses in areas blocked to migration such as above Chief Joseph Dam on the Columbia River in eastern Washington and Hells Canyon Dam on the Snake River in Idaho.

NEPA and other Environmental Regulation Compliance – Columbia Basinwide, OR, WA, ID, MT (1985-1999)

Client: Northwest Power Planning Council

As manager of habitat and production at the Council, John participated in development of numerous projects requiring compliance with environmental regulations. This included programmatic EISs for hatcheries and for watersheds for which the Bonneville Power Administration was the action agency. It also included: numerous EISs, EAs, and FONZIs for individual hatchery, habitat, and other projects.

Losses and Goals Project – Columbia River Basin, OR, WA, ID, MT (1985-1987)

Client: Northwest Power Planning Council

John managed a Council effort to determine the debt of the Columbia Basin hydropower system for losses of salmon and steelhead. He served as staff lead for the Council team addressing this issue. He was also chair of the Losses and Goals Advisory Committee and managed the contractor team working on the project. This included writing portions of and editing all of two major reports as well as frequent public presentations. He was responsible for public and internal process leading to adoption of results.


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