Crystal River, Gunnison National Forest, Colorado The House of Representatives voted today to approve a bill that could dry up countless stretches of rivers and harm river restoration efforts nationwide. H.R. 3189 – the so-called “Water Rights Protecti… Read more »
Matt works with natural resource agencies and the U.S. Congress to implement the goals and objectives of the organization’s Water Supply Program and related efforts in Washington, DC, with work primarily focused on the Colorado River Basin to achieve specific federal policy outcomes that transform water management in the Western U.S. and improve ecosystem health.
Matt joined American Rivers in 2012. Prior to that he worked for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation as Manager of Congressional Relations focused on Clean Water Act issues. Matt possesses many years of experience in conservation and water quality issues having worked with Oceana, Defenders of Wildlife, and the Save Our Wild Salmon as well.
Matt holds a Juris Doctor Degree from Vermont Law School. Matt lives with his wife and Children in Takoma Park Maryland and is an avid fly fisherman and amateur baseball historian.
J.D. Vermont Law School B.A. University of ConnecticutDeschutes River, Oregon
Blog Posts By This Author
If passed, HR3189 will hurt fish and wildlife by leaving river beds dry | © dalioPhoto The water supply system in the Colorado River Basin is near its breaking point. Despite an above normal snowpack in the Rockies, climate change and prolonged drought… Read more »
Why is the ski industry is pushing a bill that could dry up rivers, damage fish and wildlife habitat, and hurt boating and fishing nationwide? Representatives Scott Tipton (R-Colo.) and Jared Polis (D-Colo.) introduced HR 3189, the so called “Water Rig… Read more »
Dry river beds like this could be even more common if HR 3189 gets passed In Colorado and the arid West states, water rights are like property rights. They can be bought, sold or even leased. When someone holds the right to water, they know they are pe… Read more »
Both Lake Powell and Lake Mead reservoirs are less than 50% full | © Wikipedia A recent piece in the New York Times “Colorado River Drought Forces a Painful Reckoning for States” (January 6) paints a dire picture of water scarcity in t… Read more »
The Water Rights bill puts private use over the right of public use, such as maintaining healthy water flow for wildlife. Take Action: Tell Congress to Oppose this River-Destroying Bill Every flood begins with one drop of water. It can also be said tha… Read more »
© Brett Walton, Circle of Blue Ask Congress to support robust funding of critical programs that address water supply sustainability in the Colorado River Basin and across the West. Flying into New Mexico a couple of weeks ago, one could have easil… Read more »
Take Action to Protect theColorado River Tell Congress to make a plan to restore the flows on the Colorado River! Making progress means investing in every drop. Kudos to the City of San Diego who seems to be ready to rise to the challenge of restoring… Read more »
Enjoying the Colorado River | Pete McBride Gov. John Hickenlooper has launched a state rebranding initiative, Making Colorado, to stimulate the state’s economy, streamline statewide programs, and reintroduce the state to the rest of the world. T… Read more »
Great poster from HCN publisher, Ed Marston, depicting how the Colorado River basin’s rivers drain into various reservoirs and, from there, into water management systems. Click to enlarge | © HCN For almost 30 years, the Colorado River Basin Plumbing g… Read more »