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Steve Chainey

Steve was a co-founder - with Susan Sanders - of Putah Creek Council.  He and Susan were the first co-chairs of the original Putah Creek Council Steering Committee and they served together on the early board of directors through the litigation. Steve was instrumental in working with our expert witnesses and building our case during the litigation.  

Steve became interested in Putah Creek in the 1980s, first as a student in Landscape Architecture and then Range and Wildlands Science at U.C. Davis. His appreciation for the creek continued to grow as he worked on the 1986 U.C. Davis Putah Creek Riparian Reserve Management Plan.

Steve has been a professional resource ecologist for 28 years and has worked for several of the most highly-regarded private consulting firms in northern California. He currently works for AECOM and is a recognized expert and leader in watershed management and restoration, and wetland and riparian ecology.

Listen to Steve's oral history recording below.

Read Steve's oral history transcript