Scott Faber

Scott is Senior Director for Public Policy for American Rivers. Scott works with Congress and the Clinton Administration to reform the management of dams on the Missouri River and restore habitat along the Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio and Columbia Rivers.

Scott is also trying to persuade the Clinton Administration to remove four dams on the Snake River in Washington to save Snake River salmon. He is a graduate of Georgetown University Law School and Clark University and is a native of Massachusetts.

Scott studied rivers at the University of Michigan and then went to work for American Rivers in May 1993, just when the floodwaters began to rise throughout the Midwest. American Rivers worked with flood experts throughout the Midwest to help move more than 10,00 homes and business from flood-prone areas along the Mississippi and Missouri River and their tributaries. Since then, he's worked with Congress to pass laws which discourage development in floodplains, the land along rivers, and to create federal programs to relocate vulnerable homes and businesses. Before studying rivers at the University Of Michigan, Scott was a report covering issues affecting the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. He is originally grew up in the suburbs of Boston, where he spent many years mucking around in rivers, streams and wetlands. He now lives in Washington, D.C., but dreams about someday living on a houseboat on the Mississippi River.

American Rivers also works on rivers across America, including the Columbia, Colorado and Hudson rivers. American Rivers was founded in 1973 and promotes uses of rivers that meet the long-term needs of healthy communities, demonstrates solutions for degraded rivers like the Mississippi, and encourages an ethic of river stewardship. Scott recently brought together barge pilots, farmers, government officials, and environmentalists to look for ways to restore the Mississippi, including dam operations which lower river levels in the summer, land practices that reduce polluted runoff, and the use of flood-tolerant crops like trees which do not need levees.

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