The proposed hydropower bill would eliminate the authority of states and tribes to negotiate for changes to dam licenses that benefit their communities and local waterways.
John works to reduce the harm that hydropower dams cause to fish, wildlife, recreation, and the local communities that depend on these resources to survive and thrive. He serves as the Chair of the Hydropower Reform Coalition.
John served as the National Coordinator for the Hydropower Reform Coalition starting in 2005 (he now serves as its chair) and then directed American Rivers’ Hydropower Reform program from 2007-2011. In 2012, John was promoted to oversee the organization’s work on federal river management issues, including our hydropower, flood, and western water policy work.
A Kentucky native, John has been an avid hiker, canoeist, and kayaker for as long as he can remember.
B.A. in English Literature from Davidson College, and M.A in International Relations with a concentration in Environmental Dispute Resolution from the University of KentuckyChattooga River
Blog Posts By This Author
This is a joint blog by John Seebach and Kevin Lewis, the Conservation Director of Idaho Rivers United. Pictured left, the authors after a full afternoon in the U.S. Senate and a DC summer thunderstorm Twin Falls Waterfall, ID | © Kevin Lewis Is a wate… Read more »
Learn more about hydropower reform in our Hydropower Reform Can Save Rivers video The new film DamNation, which won the Audience Choice award at SXSW, is introducing the concept of dam removal to new audiences and getting more people talking about rive… Read more »
Reintroducing steelhead fry | Credit: Hydropower Reform Coalition It’s a good year for rivers. Last week, the National Park Service began chipping away at the Glines Canyon and Elwha Dams. When the dams are removed in 2-3 years, it’ll be th… Read more »
American Rivers Hydropower Reform Initiative is one of our longest-running and best-known programs. We’ve been working with power companies and federal operators since we were founded nearly 40 years ago to try and reduce the harm to rivers from… Read more »
About a third of my morning commute is on a great bike trail that runs from the Maryland suburbs into DC. Yesterday morning, I came up behind a guy who was riding slowly without his hands and weaving all over the trail. When I passed him, I saw the pro… Read more »