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Meghan Quinn

Associate Director of California River Restoration and Dam Removal

Meghan joined American Rivers to lead efforts to restore rivers and increase American Rivers’ regional capacity for dam removal by working with partners to develop and implement fresh, innovative strategies for building partner coalitions across diverse communities in California that are impacted by existing dams.

Meghan brings a wealth of experience and legal knowledge regarding water and rivers, including a deep understanding of the California Water Quality Control Planning process, State Water Quality Objectives and the state regulatory process, gained through nine years of practice in California environmental law. Meghan strives to use her experience building consensus among diverse stakeholders, negotiating with public regulators, and translating the complex into the comprehendible to develop and implement win-win solutions in the byzantine California water policy and project arena.

In her free time, Meghan is an avid outdoorsman, mountain biking, skiing, and hiking the Sierra Nevada Mountains she is proud to call home.

Education: B.A. in International Relations, Boston University
J.D. cum laude with environmental law certification, Pace University School of Law

Favorite River: The Upper Middle Fork of the San Joaquin River

River Story: Meghan lives just a half mile hike from the Upper Truckee River, the largest tributary to Lake Tahoe.  She enjoys kayaking and paddle boarding the river when spring runoff supports enhanced recreation, and hiking or cross country skiing the river trails year-round with her friends and family.