At American Rivers, our slogan is Rivers Connect Us, to one another and to nature. But recently, as I paddled with a small group of friends in canoes 80 miles down the Rio Grande through Big Bend National Park, where the river forms the border between… Read more »
Bob Irvin has been President and CEO of American Rivers since July 2011. As President, Bob leads American Rivers in its mission to protect and restore our nation’s rivers. He is responsible for management of the strategic, programmatic, and financial operations of American Rivers.
Before becoming President of American Rivers, Bob was Senior Vice President for Conservation Programs at Defenders of Wildlife.
Bob has also served as Director of U.S. Conservation for World Wildlife Fund; Vice President for Marine Wildlife Conservation and General Counsel for the Center for Marine Conservation; Senior Counsel for Fish and Wildlife on the Majority Staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works; Counsel and Director of the Fisheries and Wildlife Division, National Wildlife Federation; Trial Attorney in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice; and was in private legal practice in Portland, Oregon.
Bob is an expert in biodiversity conservation, wildlife law, and the Endangered Species Act. He has written and lectured extensively on biodiversity conservation issues. He is the co-editor, with Donald C. Baur, of the American Bar Association’s deskbook on the Endangered Species Act, ESA: Law, Policy, and Perspectives (2nd ed. 2011). He co-authored, with Michael J. Bean, the chapter on the Endangered Species Act and marine species in Ocean and Coastal Law and Policy (American Bar Association 2008). He was a member of the IUCN’s Red List Criteria Review Working Group which revised the standards for listing threatened species globally. He has taught Biodiversity Protection at Vermont Law School for nearly 20 years and has also taught at the University of Maryland School of Law.
Bob graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. degree in Forest Science from Utah State University in 1980. He earned a J.D., Order of the Coif, in 1983 from the University of Oregon School of Law. He has served as co-chair of the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources Section of the District of Columbia Bar and on the board of directors of the Environmental Law Institute
Blog Posts By This Author
Today’s post on the Disappearing Rio Grande Expedition is a guest blog by reporter Colin McDonald. Read more about the expedition here. Paddling into the canyon | Colin McDonald The 1,500-foot sheer walls of Santa Elena Canyon have been a mainstay of r… Read more »
Make your voice heard and let the EPA and the Army Corps know that you support improvements to better protect clean water. A drinking water ban in Ohio. A historic drought in California. And in Canada, a massive dam failure sending toxic mining waste i… Read more »
Representative Oberstar | © House Committee on Education and the Workforce Democrats One of the original architects of the Clean Water Act and a clean water champion throughout his life, Mr. James L. Oberstar passed away May 3, 2014. Minnesota… Read more »
Little Tennessee River | © USFWS, Southeast As California is enduring the worst drought in its history, some politicians are blaming it all on federal and state environmental laws that protect fish and wildlife and the rivers they depend on for su… Read more »
This blog was originally written for Zócalo Public Square. Seattle, Washington has been a leader in water conservation by reducing water usage, while increasing their population | © Sam Teigen It is doubtful that the sorts of technological advances tha… Read more »
American Rivers’ staff at Orient Springs Dam, MA | Bob Irvin At American Rivers we like to say that rivers connect us, but how do you reconnect a river? That was the question I was pondering on a cold April day along the banks of Amethyst Brook in wes… Read more »
McKenzie River, OR | Andorus [Excerpt from Bob's article on Huffington Post] There’s a lot of attention being paid to the “fiscal cliff” that is due at the end of the year. Unless President Obama and Congress reach a deal before the end of the year to… Read more »
How has the Clean Water Act impacted your life? For those of us who were born before the Clean Water Act was passed into law in 1972, we interpret this law through the eyes of the Baby Boomers Generation. Bob Irvin at the Colorado River in the Grand Ca… Read more »
This blog originally appeared in The Huffington Post on Oct. 8, 2012. See the original blog and Bob’s other blogs on the Huffington Post site. Penobscot River, ME | Penobscot River Restoration Trust Communities nationwide are benefiting from efforts t… Read more »