Since 2013, Rich McCleary has worked as the Thompson-Okanagan Regional Aquatic Ecologist with BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. His work around aquatic habitat protection includes serving on the Regional Drought Response Team and implementing provisions of the Water Sustainability Act involving environmental flow needs. Rich has an MSc in Forestry from the University of Montana and a PhD in Physical Geography from UBC. He has a long work history of working collaboratively with governments, stakeholders and other scientists to advance knowledge and develop tools to address aquatic ecosystem issues.
Merritt EFN work and Nicola pilot project