Staff & Board

Staff

Board Members & Officers

Brad Nielson

Brad Nielson

Chair
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Brad Nielson

Chair

My wife Kristi and I live about a mile and a half north of Wilson where we are surrounded by beautiful Fish Creek and the many small streams and tributaries what feed in to it. Living here, surrounded by water, I witness everyday how critically important clean, sustainable water resources are to all of the wildlife and beauty that makes this valley such a unique and special place. As with everyone else who calls this valley home, water is at the center of almost everything I do everyday. From my first cup of coffee in the morning, to fly-fishing, drift boating, kayaking, canoeing, or just sitting on the bank of a river, stream or lake and watching the raptors, waterfowl, ungulates and other multitude of wildlife that rely on clean, healthy, unpolluted water resources to thrive. Water is truly the lifeblood of this valley. I joined the board of POWJH when it was known as Friends of Fish Creek. It was obvious at that time that the ecological health of Fish Creek was in serious decline. As POWJH studied the causes of that decline, it became apparent that all the sources of pollution negatively impacting Fish Creek are also impacting the surface waters and groundwater throughout our valley. Fish Creek, it turns out, is the proverbial “Canary in the coal mine” telling us that our valley’s water resources are under serious threat. Water is the lifeblood of this valley. Our health, economy, housing, recreation, and wildlife are totally dependent on having healthy surface waters and groundwaters. Unfortunately, those responsible for protecting our precious water resources have failed, for over 40 years, to take this vital issue seriously and take steps necessary to reclaim and protect our water resources. That is why POWJH exists; to serve as a powerful advocate for reducing nutrient pollution and protecting water quality in the Jackson Hole Valley, both now and in the future. I consider myself fortunate to be able to serve on its board.

Bob Peters

Bob Peters

Vice-Chair
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Bob Peters

Vice-Chair

We live south of town in Melody Ranch. I enjoy fly-fishing, rafting, photography, swimming, sightseeing, and hiking along the river. I have a history of fishing the same property on Fish Creek for nearly 35 years. I’ve watched the results of water quality decline in the creek, particularly over the last 10 years. I believe POWJH can help the rest of our community understand that there is a major water quality problem unfolding in our valley. I hope we will see private septic tank systems disappear in the valley floor and a wastewater treatment system that will treat nearly all of this community’s wastewater. That’s the only way we can permanently protect the incredible water resources we have been blessed with in Jackson Hole.

Valerie Brown

Valerie Brown

Secretary, Treasurer
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Valerie Brown

Secretary, Treasurer

My husband and I live full-time in East Jackson. I like to fish, scuba dive, raft wild and scenic rivers, and enjoy a hike and lunch by clear mountain lakes and streams where I can view the wildlife. Without clean water, everything we love in this wonderful place is at risk. The disaster in Hoback, the E. coli in Fish and Flat creeks, the algae blooms in standing water throughout the valley, and the clear data that show our aquifer is being polluted by wastewater from the thousands of septic tanks in the valley makes the work of POWJH urgent and relevant. The seeming lack of community awareness of these degradations in our water quality makes this one of the most critical issues our community is facing. POWJH is doing crucial work for the benefit of this community and our environment. With my Board colleagues, POWJH staff, and the support of this community we can repair and preserve this precious resource. I hope that protecting and restoring the quality of drinking water from our aquifer and improving effluent discharged to our streams and wild rivers becomes the Number 1 priority for this community.

Ken Taylor

Ken Taylor

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Ken Taylor

I live 3.3 miles south of Wilson on Fish Creek. My water interests are: first, potable water for human consumption; and second, clean water for protection of the environment to include healthy fisheries and sustainable wildlife. I was a founder and the first president of this organization, formed when fishermen and residents began finding increased algae growth, fewer insect hatches, and general deterioration of the water quality in Fish Creek. My hope is that POWJH will educate and empower the community to demand implementation of a ‘Comprehensive Water Quality Management Plan’ for Teton County.

Bob Paulson

Bob Paulson

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Bob Paulson

I live 2 miles south of Wilson on Fish Creek. Living on the creek for 25 years, I have witnessed the increasing impact of pollution, vegetation, and algae on the stream. I love fly fishing but I do not fish in my local stream. I prefer to watch the stream and the resident fish, and fish in places that offer cleaner water. I have been on the board since the beginning seven years ago when a group of concerned residents decided the water pollution and the degradation of Fish Creek must be addressed because the county was not taking taking the needed action. I know that this problem has developed over decades due to population growth, improper dependence on septic systems, and weak regulations. I realize that the solutions will take time as well, but I hope that I will witness the beginning of improvement to our local water quality for future generations. I hope my grandchildren will see cleaner water after I am gone.

Les Gibson

Les Gibson

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Les Gibson

I currently live in Teton Village and have lived in the valley for 44 years. I am a paddler, windsurfer, skier, swimmer, and have always had a connection to water. I joined the organization at the very beginning because I have seen the changes in Fish Creek. I have also been on the Teton Village Water and Sewer Board and the Indian Paintbrush Water Board. As an engineer and conservationist, I believe the residences on the valley floor should be connected to a sewer system, if possible. My goal was, and is, to achieve a valley-wide collection system to connect to the existing sewage treatment plants, or possibly new ones.

Reynolds Pomeroy

Reynolds Pomeroy

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Reynolds Pomeroy

I’ve lived just southeast of Wilson down Wenzel Lane for 35 years, on the east side of Fish Creek. I enjoy all things related to water: outfitting, recreating, stewardship and advocacy - and also clean drinking water! I’ve spent 60 years as a fisherman, paddler/floater/boater on rivers, lakes and salt waters; 20 years as a fly-fishing guide and outfitter; 8 years as a fly-fishing guest ranch operator; founder and emeritus board member of the Snake River Fund with an active role in the Wild and Scenic designation of the Snake River Headwaters; and 9 years (and current) scenic commercial boatman in GTNP. I joined the organization at the beginning seven years ago to continue and expand my participation in clean water stewardship efforts and advocacy on the Westbank, and installed one of the first private residential advanced sewage treatment systems along Fish Creek. I hope POWJH has an impact on water quality in Teton County by focusing on comprehensive, scientific, practical, and overdue community attention on water quality challenges and historic policy inattention and failures. I would like to see across the board adoption of water quality best practices on all levels of human presence in the valley (residential, agricultural, commercial, and recreational) with an emphasis on remediation to start, followed by being the leadership-level example of policy and implementation within similarly situated mountain west communities.

Kristin Revill

Kristin Revill

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Kristin Revill

I live north of town by the Snake River and some beautiful spring creeks. I grew up in Rhode Island and spent most of my childhood either on or in the water - sailing, fishing, swimming, waterskiing. I also have a graduate degree in Soil Chemistry and Environmental Microbiology and have always been interested in ecosystem health and resilience. Water is, of course, at the center of both. Like so many people, I assumed the water in Teton County was pristine because we sit at the foot of two National Parks. Sadly, our water is far from pristine. Multiple studies have shown that both surface and groundwater are being polluted by the thousands of septic system that don’t function properly in our soil and during our cold winters. Both Fish and Flat Creek have been declared “Impaired” by the state. And, we have algal blooms in some of our most beautiful waters. This polluted water is threatening human health and the health of the incredible ecosystem we live in. I joined the board of POWJH to help bring this critical issue to the attention of our community. I hope that POWJH can get water quality to the top of the priority list for this community. To really protect water long term, we need broad community awareness, support, and cooperation amongst individuals, businesses, elected officials, and our visitors. The good news is that this is a solvable problem. We can reduce the pressure on our water resources, but it will take a concerted effort by our whole community. POWJH is working hard to teach people that our water really does need our urgent attention.

Perk Perkins

Perk Perkins

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Perk Perkins

I live just east of the Wilson bridge over the Snake River. My interests around water include pretty much everything – fishing, canoeing, multi-day float trips, recreation management, aquatic biology, and bird and wildlife viewing. I joined the POWJH board because I was inspired by the people on the board and want to help the community improve and protect its aquatic resources. I believe Teton County should have a model water management plan, regulations, and infrastructure in keeping with our water resources which are some of the best in the nation.

Aaron Pruzan

Aaron Pruzan

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Aaron Pruzan

I moved to Jackson Hole in 1990 and live north of Wilson with my wife Tamsen and our kids Noah, Nate & Neve. In 1995 I founded Rendezvous River Sports and as an instructor and coach, I have introduced thousands of people of all ages to paddle sports including founding the Jackson Hole Kayak Club to promote youth kayaking for local kids. Over the past three decades I’ve been and continue to be involved with many whitewater expeditions, exploratory descents and kayaking competitions. Including descents in Wyoming, British Columbia, Chile, Argentina & Siberia and numerous podiums at kayaking races. In addition to my activities on the water I have worked tirelessly for river stewardship as a board member of American Whitewater, a founding board member of the Snake River Fund, helping lead the Wild & Scenic Campaign for the Snake River Headwaters, leading the effort to create a river management plan for Teton County, and the creation of Rendezvous Park on the Snake River. I am on the river almost daily and the changes I’ve noticed with algae blooms and general water quality are troubling. This led me to my connection with Protect Our Water JH and I am honored to serve on the board. As we move forward, I hope we can reduce nutrient loading in the Snake River and its tributaries, clean up Fish and Flat Creeks, and develop and implement a wastewater plan for Teton County. We also need to do more to reuse the water we have and to develop systems for reusing grey water for irrigation and snow making.

Kerri Ratcliffe

Kerri Ratcliffe

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Kerri Ratcliffe

I live in Teton Village. I enjoy rafting, kayaking, and hiking alongside or to our scenic lakes and waterways. In winter, I enjoy nordic skiing upon our beautifully frozen and snow-covered water bodies. Bringing my friends and relatives on a journey on our waterways always provides me with such joy and pride in our spectacularly scenic landscapes. I joined the board of POWJH because I have governmental experience in planning for the protection and restoration of water quality and I was shocked to observe the serious and mounting threats and degradation to Teton County's ground and surface waters. I believe access to clean water is a basic human right for everyone and the lynchpin to a healthy ecosystem. Our current system for planning and oversight to protect our water is scattered, highly ineffective and frankly, it alarms me. POWJH is the only local nonprofit organization solely dedicated to providing ways to guardian our groundwater, lakes, streams, and rivers. POWJH has the power of science behind all their work and is dedicated to bringing the entire community and its leaders and government agencies together to learn about and care for our water resources. It will take all of us as individuals and as a collective to protect, restore, and treasure our waters and I believe POWJH will be the trusted, guiding force in that effort.