Mr. Grover was born in Townsend, Montana and moved to northern Utah for junior and high school. He received his undergraduate degree in Geophysics from Boise State University while working with US Geological Survey modeling flood hazards and doing groundwater studies.
Tony has lived and worked in the northwest his entire life, except for stint in the early and mid 1980's when he lived in Houston and worked in Africa and the Middle East, exploring for oil with AMOCO. Grover moved back to the west in 1987 for graduate study in engineering hydrology and hydrogeology.
For the next fifteen years he worked in many facets of environmental regulation and contaminated site cleanup work in Salt Lake City, Helena, Yakima and Spokane. Tony's contact with Columbia Basin hydropower and fish related issues became his primary interest in 1997 when he was serving as Regional Director for Washington Department of Ecology in Spokane. As the Columbia River lead for the agency's executive management team, Grover covered a range of issues such as Total Dissolved Gas management and Canadian transboundary relationships, the EIS done by the COE on the four snake river dams, negotiations with the Bureau of Reclamation on development of water supplies in the Columbia Basin, the 2001 drought mitigation program, and of course the 2000 BiOp.
In 2002 Grover joined the Washington office of the Power Council to oversee the subbasin planning effort for Washington. In early 2005 Tony began to cover BiOp remand negotiations representing Council members on Washington's BiOp remand negotiation team. He continued in that role and as a policy advisor to the Washington Council members until being selected for the position of director of Fish and Wildlife at the Council's central office.