Jonathan J. Rhodes, Hydrologist
More than 25 years of professional experience, including work for
almost every level of government (city, county, state, bi-state
compacts, feds, and sovereign tribal governments) in much of the West,
including AZ, NV, CA, MT, ID, OR, WA, and AK.
Work has focused on how land use affects water quality and streams.
Over the past 18 years, a primary focus has been on how land use
affects on water quality, stream channels, native salmonids and their
More than 14 years of experience providing technical support/expert
witness work with wide variety of public interest law firms and
conservation organizations in more than 20 important environmental
litigation efforts since 1993. The issues involved in these cases
included endangered salmonids, rivers, forests and watersheds on public
lands, logging, grazing, roads, mining, and water withdrawals in five
Has evaluated stream conditions and the watershed impacts of roads,
logging (green and postfire) activities, livestock grazing, and mining
on more than 23 national forests in seven western states over the past
1. Development of the protection measures, ultimately adopted,
albeit in a very diluted form, by the USFS and UBLM in PACFISH and
2. Co-author of the first:
a. land management approach (’92) explicitly establishing stream
protection zones on all streams, including non-perennial headwater
streams (pre-dated Northwest Forest Plan by more than a year), and
calling for suspension of grazing in degraded watersheds (Anderson et
b. of two peer-reviewed reports to call for the full protection of all
remaining roadless areas >1000 acres on public lands in order to
protect and restore imperiled salmonids (Rhodes et al., 1994)
c. scientific paper to provide concrete recommendations on postfire
watershed management specifically addressing the negative ecological
effects of postfire salvage on aquatic systems (Beschta et al. 1995),
reprised and updated in two peer-reviewed publications (Beschta et al.,
2004; Karr et al., 2004).
3. Published extensively on a variety of topics, including hydrologic
nitrogen transport in forested watersheds, the genesis of topographic
structures in melting snow, postfire watershed management, fuel
treatments, stream sedimentation, and comprehensive measures to protect
and restore imperiled salmonids in the Columbia Basin.
More than 18 years of experience evaluating complex NEPA documents for
proposed land management activities for their adequacy and consistency
with the protection of watersheds and aquatic systems and applicable
regulations. Reviewed more than 16 USFS Land Management Plans over 18
years as part of efforts to reduce their harm to public lands,
watersheds, water quality, and imperiled salmonids.
Strong understanding of diverse natural systems and land management
impacts, and knowledge of applicable resource regulations, law, and
policies for public lands, water quality, and aquatic fauna,
particularly imperiled salmonids.
Long active in public outreach and education on watershed and aquatic conservation issues
Proven track record of innovation and dedication to aquatic conservation efforts
Strong written and oral communication skills.
Photos (left to right): Cottonwood Creek, Ochoco NF, OR; DeathValley,
CA; Ungrazed stream in exclosure Umatilla NF, OR; Middle photo by C.M.
Mesling, all others by Jonathan J. Rhodes