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Richard Roos-Collins

* Richard Roos-Collins is an attorney for Klamath dam removal group: Klamath River Renewal Corporation KRRC, appointed by: American Rivers, California Trout, Klamath Riverkeeper, Northern California Council Federation of Fly Fishers, Salmon River Restoration Council, Sustainable Northwest, and Trout Unlimited. In the past he has represented most of those groups as their attorney. http://www.yatedo.com/p/Richard+Roos-Collins/normal/c981465b0a768feee148da09c3154570


Richard Roos-Collins is Principal in the WATER AND POWER LAW GROUP PC.  He specializes in settlements in complex cases involving multiple parties, interests, and laws.  He has drafted and negotiated more than 50 such settlements.  These include: the Klamath Basin Restoration and Hydropower Agreements, the Mono Lake Cases, and the Land Conservation Commitment Stipulation for the bankruptcy reorganization of Pacific Gas and Electric Company.

Richard is Adjunct Professor at the University of San Francisco Law School (2010 - ).  He is General Counsel to the Hydropower Reform Coalition (Washington, D.C.), which represents more than 2 million people interested in balancing power and environmental benefits.  He is a member of the Research Advisory Board, Center for Law, Energy & Environment, UC Berkeley Law (2016 - ), and the Council of Legal Advisors, Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, UC Santa Barbara (2016 - ). He was Chairman of the Board of Directors (2001 - 2016) for the Low Impact Hydropower Institute (Portland, ME), the nationís only program to certify the environmental performance of such power assets.  

He received the American Bar Associationís Award for Excellence in Environmental and Resources Stewardship (2007), the Mono Lake Committeeís Defender of the Trust Award (2009), and the American Fisheries Societyís Carl B. Sullivan Fishery Conservation Award (2010).

Richard was Deputy Attorney General, California Department of Justice and Attorney-Advisor, U.S, Environmental Protection Agency.   He is a graduate of Harvard Law School (J.D., honors, 1986) and Princeton University (B.A., high honors).

More extensive Bio by Water and Power Law Group PC: https://www.waterpowerlaw.com/sites/default/files/richard_roos-collins.pdf. Participated in rulemaking negotiations that resulted in Federal Energy Regulatory Commissionís Integrated Licensing Process, 18 C.F.R. Part 5. Served as trial counsel for California Trout in the Mono Lake Cases. Attorney-Adviser, Office of General Counsel, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Founding Director, Hydropower Reform Coalition, California Hydropower Reform Coalition, Alaska Public Waters Coalition. Helped found and serve as General Counsel for coalition of conservation and fishing groups representing nearly 2 million people in hydropower proceedings across the U.S., Chairman, Board of Directors, Friends of the River. Co-Chairman, Agricultural Water Management Council. Member, Steering Committee, Bay Delta Conservation Plan. Member, Federal Advisory Committee, Hydropower Regulation. Following appointment, advised Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Energy and Interior, on practices to improve economic and environmental benefits of regulation of hydropower projects. Member, Federal Water Rights Task Force. Member, Governor's Advisory Committee on Central Valley Project Transfer


https://islandpress.org/author/richard-roos-collins  Co-author of RIVERS AT RISK with American Rivers.

Richard Roos-Collins was Deputy Attorney General in environmental law for the state of California. Previous to that position, he was a staff attorney with the Office of General Counsel of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C. Mr. Roos-Collins was formerly publicist and litigation coordinator for Friends of the River, a San Francisco-based nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving California's wild rivers. He is a graduate of Princeton and of Harvard Law School.


Understanding the Bay Delta Conservation Plan https://www.lwvlamv.org/league-news/understanding-the-bay-delta-conservation-plan/  Richard Roos-Collins, along with Sierra Club and Natural Resources Defense Council / NRDC


10/26/09  Sustainable NW paid NRI/National Heritage Institute $112,487 Richard Roos Collins, the legal services director for Natural Heritage Institute, which is a "non-profit law and science for global resource solutions" organization: www.n-h-i.org, is a participant in both the KBRA and Hydro meetings, and Roos-Collins is the main author of the KBRA and KHSA. NHI represents "American Rivers and California Trout in an ongoing effort to decommission PacifiCorpís Klamath River Project, so as to restore free passage from the Pacific Ocean more than 250 miles upstream to Upper Klamath Lake." Go HERE for KBC's NHI webpage and clients.

https://n-h-i.org/about-nhi/partners-collaborators-funders/ Here for NHI Partners, Collaborators and Funders: a few of the several dozen include Soros Foundation, Sierra Club, MBK Engineers, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, Sierra Club, PCFFA / Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermenís Associations, National Audubon Society, Friends of the River, Environmental Defense, California Trout, American Rivers, EPA, DOI, BOR, Countries: Africa, Cambodia, China, Ghana, Mexico, Vietnam (to name just a few. Richard Roos Collins, the legal services director for Natural Heritage Institute

ARTICLE: Lawyers, farmers criticize water board by Mountain Democrat, Placerville, CA.  https://www.mtdemocrat.com/news/lawyers-farmers-criticize-water-board "
The hearing on Tuesday by the State Water Board on the proposed emergency regulation governing water diversions attracted a large and vocal audience of several hundred...the Water Resource Control Board staff estimated the cost of the curtailment at almost $84 million...Peter Rieticerk of the Patterson Irrigation District, told the board that farmers in his area annually generate $38 million in revenue because they have a reliable water supply. The new regulation will bankrupt them because of the fines and will result in litigation...Richard Roos Collins of American Rivers said he supported the regulations..."

Some connections involved in the Klamath River Dam Removal group / KRRC  Klamath River Renewal

Chrysten Lambert: Klamath River Compact Commission, former Klamath Basin Rangeland Trust director, and current Trout Unlimited Water Project Director
* Chrysten Lambert, Obama Appointee for Federal Representative, Klamath River Compact Commission 2/5/15
Lambert, Jim Root's daughter, was former director of KBRT / Klamath Basin Rangeland Trust. KBRT merged with Trout Unlimited, so now Lambert is director of TU Water Project
* NOTE: Jim Root biography: President KBRT / Klamath Basin Rangeland Trust, Board of Directors National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, owner international company Sobroso Company, international consultant, chairman of the Crater Lake National Park Trust, KRRC Vice President
* Klamath Basin Rangeland trust: Water savings less than hoped in payment effort, H&N 2/22/04
* Klamath Basin Rangeland Trust and Trout Unlimited announce merger, award of $7.6M from NRCS to support partnerships with agriculture in upper Klamath Basin, Trout Unlimited 2/18/16. "Chrysten Lambert, formerly of KBRT and now Director of TU (Trout Unlimited) Oregon Water Project"
* Articles regarding former KBRT closed door meetings in the Klamath Basin
Trout Unlimited Run by Wall Street Banks & Energy Giants, and Klamath Basin Crisis: Farmers Know Trout Unlimited All Too Well, by Toni Thayer April 29, 2014, Watching-the-Watchers.com. "One day you're farming, minding your own business, and life's good. The next day, and for the following nine years, you're fighting thieves who want your property and your livelihood. Using junk science and lots of propaganda, the thieves band together in meetings to hammer out the details of stealing your property and divvying it up amongst themselves. And you, the lawful property owner, are only one against the massive den of thieves."
Trout Unlimited was a "stakeholder" in the Klamath dam-removal water agreements: http://klamathbasincrisis.org/settlement/stakeholders/list010810.htm
Brian Johnson representing Trout Unlimited is a director for KRRC:
http://www.klamathrenewal.org/about-the-krrc/leadership Appointed by: American Rivers, California Trout, Northern California Council Federation of Fly Fishers, Salmon River Restoration Council, Sustainable Northwest, and Trout Unlimited

Richard Roos-Collins was Chairman, Board of Directors of Friends of the River.
Former member of Friends of the River is Craig Tucker, Karuk Tribe spokesman, KBRA voting member, and a founder and board member of Klamath Riverkeeper. Tucker was a community organizer, and a leader in focusing the NGO's and Tribes on Klamath Dam Removal.


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