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 habitats.

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 western states.

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 25 years

Selected Publications

Public Service/Outreach

Accomplishments include:

1.  Development of the protection measures, ultimately adopted, albeit in a very diluted form, by the USFS and UBLM in PACFISH and INFISH

    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 al. 1993)

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