KBMP Committees - Roles and Responsibilities

KBMP members

KBMP members are encouraged to participate in full group meetings, serve on KBMP committees, implement water quality monitoring plan, submit data to coordinator, provide input when requested, and participate in decisions.


Steering Committee

Steering Committee membership reflects the diversity in the basin, with the composition of members including, federal, state (Oregon and California), tribal, non-profit, and private enterprises. The Steering Committee facilitates full group meetings; sets meeting agendas; and guides the KBMP as a whole in an effort to keep workflow going outside of full group meetings. The Steering Committee makes decisions regarding external communication and protocols regarding internal policies and procedures. The steering committee works with the various committees and KBMP staff in an effort to implement the mission and the vision of the program. The Steering Committee defines and applies criteria for disbursement of funds, prioritizes program elements, and provides long-term strategies for program success.

The Steering Committee operates through consensus and collaboration. Each member has equal voice. The chair, co-chair and secretary of the committee shall be elected every year. The role of the chair confers no additional powers or privileges; the co-chair may serve as an alternate to the chair. The role of the chair is to facilitate the meetings and uphold the gradients of agreement. The role of the secretary is to take meeting notes and distribute to members and post on the website, if appropriate. The secretary also records meeting notes at the annual member meeting and facilitates the approval process prior to distribution.


Name/Alternate Organization Role

Crystal Robinson

California Department of Fish and Wildlife


Lyra Cressey

Salmon River Restoration Council


Josh Cahill

Yurok Tribe Environmental Program


Rick Carlson

U. S. Bureau of Reclamation


Katharine Carter

North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board


Mike Deas

Watercourse Engineering Inc.


Grant Johnson

Karuk Tribe



The Nature Conservancy


Ethan Brown

Shasta Valley Resource Conservation District



U. S. Forest Service



U. S. Environmental Protection Agency


Betsy Stapleton

Scott River Watershed Council



State Water Resources Control Board


Eli Asarian

Riverbend Sciences


Tyler Dearman / Karissa Willits

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality


Bhaskar Joshi



Sarah Schaefer

Quartz Valley Indian Reservation


Randy Turner

Klamath Basin Monitoring Program





Monitoring Plan Committee

The monitoring plan committee is responsible for reviewing, updating and maintaining the QAPrP and the various associated Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) on an as needed basis.  The monitoring plan committee is responsible for the development of the water quality monitoring program plan.  The monitoring plan committee coordinates with KBMP staff to develop the technical content of the monitoring plan and makes recommendations to the Steering Committee regarding the prioritization of the various components of the monitoring plan.  Please refer to the Monitoring Plan for a more detailed description of the role of the Monitoring Committee (http://www.kbmp.net/documents). 



Strategic Plan/ Funding Committee

The funding / strategic plan committee identifies funding sources in an effort to implement KBMP program elements, special studies and monitoring plan objectives with the direction of the KBMP steering committee and membership.  Please refer to the Strategic Plan for a more detailed description of the role of the Funding / Strategic Plan Committee. (http://www.kbmp.net/documents).



Blue-green Algae Committee

The blue-green algae committee coordinates BGA monitoring activities, implements protocols for listing and delisting of water bodies, share BGA monitoring data and implements the California / Oregon public health guidance regarding BGA blooms.  Please refer to the KBMP website for a more detailed description of the role of the Blue-green Algae Committee (http://www.kbmp.net/collaboration/klamath-blue-green-algae-workgroup).



Work Groups

Work groups are comprised of experts in a particular field and advise the steering committee. For example, work groups may include the Klamath Fish Health workgroup and the Tribal Water Quality workgroup.