Senior Program Manager
Leslie Bach joined the Council staff in October 2016 as Senior Program Manager in the Fish and Wildlife Division. She is responsible for tracking policy and technical aspects of mainstem and estuary restoration, floodplain habitat improvement projects, fish passage, and emerging issues such as toxic contaminants. Prior to joining the Council, Leslie was the Director of Freshwater Programs for The Nature Conservancy in Oregon. There she oversaw floodplain and wetland restoration projects throughout Oregon and advised on projects across the United States and Latin America. She also collaborated with the Corps of Engineers to identify opportunities to incorporate environmental flow needs into the operation of the Corps dams in the Willamette River Basin and worked with the U.S. Forest Service on inventory, monitoring and protection of groundwater-dependent ecosystems. Before joining the Conservancy, Leslie provided technical expertise for instream water right acquisitions as the Staff Scientist for the Oregon Water Trust. She has also worked for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, the U.S. Forest Service and the USDA-Agricultural Research Service. Leslie holds a Ph.D. in Hydrology and Water Resources, an M.S. in Hydrology and Soil Physics, and a B.S. in Soil and Water Science.