Brian Wolcott has served as the Executive Director of the Walla Walla Basin Watershed Council since 1997. Prior to his current position, Brian was a United States Peace Corps Volunteer in Papua New Guinea, a forestry technician for the Bureau of Land Management in Idaho, and a teacher in Atlanta, Georgia. Brian received an undergraduate degree from Emory University and completed additional graduate level natural resource courses at the University of Idaho and Portland State University. When not working for the Watershed Council, Brian spends as much time as possible with his family, playing in or on frozen or unfrozen forms of water; skiing, sea kayaking, rafting, fishing, or hiking in to mountain lakes.
Troy has lived and worked in Eastern Oregon and Washington for the past 19 years. Before joining the WWBWC in 2005, Troy was a co-owner of BAF Inc managing forest ecology projects in the National Forests of Eastern Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. For the WWBWC he leads the watersheds GIS program, is the Webmaster for the council website, and leads the Pesticide Stewardship Partnership Project (2005-2012) with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. Troy graduated from Western Oregon University with a B.S. in Natural Science and has continued his training with various ESRI and Northwest Environmental Training Center courses focusing on applying a GIS to natural science. Troy is a photographer and spends most of his "free" time exploring the wild areas of the Pacific Northwest.
Wendy Harris is the Operations Manager for the Walla Walla Basin Watershed Council. She came to work for WWBWC in April 2008. As Operations Manager, Wendy oversees all WWBWC fiscal activities and provides project management for the councils many grants. If you have questions regarding funding or any of our many projects, Wendy is person to call. Wendy has been a member of the Milton-Freewater community for the majority of her life. In 1990 she graduated from McLoughlin High School and in 1992 received a diploma in accounting from Western Business College in Portland, OR. Prior to her tenure at WWBWC, she worked as Fiscal Technician for both Walla Walla Department of Human Services and Walla Walla Housing Authority. In addition to her full-time employment with WWBWC, Wendy is currently finishing her bachelor's degree at Eastern Oregon University.
Steven has been with the WWBWC since June 2009. He is the technical lead for the WWBWC's science program including the hydrology monitoring network and the aquifer recharge program. As Senior Environmental Scientist, Steven is in charge of designing, constructing, operating and overseeing the Aquifer Recharge program and supervising the collection and analysis of monitoring data. He also helps out with monitoring activities including groundwater, surface water and water quality data collection and analysis throughout the year. Steven graduated from Walla Walla University in 2007 with a BS in biology and a BA in history. In June 2009, Steven graduated from Walla Walla University with a MS in Biology where he studied light detection in temperate sea cucumbers for his thesis. Steven lives in Milton-Freewater with his wife Tara, their son Wyatt and their two dogs, Aspen and Carbon.
Tara joined the WWBWC in November, 2013. She conducts the data collection and data processing for the surface water and groundwater networks. Tara also helps with many of the other WWBWC monitoring activities including water quality sampling, seepage runs, and other projects. She previously worked for the Tri-State Steelheaders in Walla Walla doing urban stream restoration to improve water quality. She lives in Milton-Freewater with her husband Steve. Tara received a MS in Biology from Walla Walla University in 2008. She enjoys hiking, music, cooking, and road trips.
Chris is the financial technician at the WWBWC and will assist you with any questions you may have regarding payables, receivables, human resources or office management issues. Chris has been with the watershed council since October 2009 and is proud to be a member of such a wonderful team. Prior to coming to WWBWC to work, she worked for a local law firm for 6 years and prior to that she owned and managed a video rental store. She has been a resident of the area for the past 30 years. Chris lives in Milton-Freewater with her husband, Dude, and children, Dalton, Patrick, and Makenzie.
Graham joined the WWBWC in May 2012 as education outreach and STELLAR program coordinator. The program offerings include K-12 age-appropriate lessons with an emphasis on hands-on and outdoor learning activities. The curriculum being utilized heavily reflects local watershed information, conservation efforts, and background materials to facilitate the understanding of natural systems. Graham intends to provide school age students, as well as adults, with volunteer opportunities for participation in community enhancement projects involving the local watershed. The program will also provide opportunities for interested members of the community to become acquainted with WWBWC projects.
Graham lives in Milton-Freewater with his wife Jill and two daughters. He operates two family farms on Couse Creek south of town. Graham received his BS in Biology from Oregon State University in 2006. Anyone who is interested in program activities is encouraged to contact Graham.