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Monty Schmitt

Monty Schmitt Senior Scientist and San Joaquin River Restoration Project Manager, Water Program

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Protection and restoration of riverine ecosystems, salmon, fresh water fisheries, flood management, climate change, water supply management, riparian habitat, impacts of dams.


Monty Schmitt is a Senior Scientist and San Joaquin River Restoration Project Manager in NRDC's water program in San Francisco. With over two decades of experience integrating water resources management and protection of riverine ecosystems, his focus is on ensuring healthy rivers for fish, wildlife and people. Monty serves as lead scientist in the historic effort to restore flows and salmon to California’s second largest river, the San Joaquin. Monty also specializes in the effect of climate change on water resources and has co-authored reports on water management strategies to weather the effects of global warming and the impacts of oil shale development and climate change on Colorado River Basin water supply. Monty is also an expert on floodplain management issues in California, and served on the Governor’s Taskforce on Floodplain Management. In 2007, he helped pass legislation that lead the creation of the Central Valley Flood Protection Plan – California’s first comprehensive plan to improve public safety and management of floodplain while also protecting and restoring riverine ecosystem.

Monty has a bachelor of science in biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz and has a master of science in natural resources management from California State University, Humboldt. Prior to coming to NRDC in 2000, Monty was a habitat restoration ecologist and the assistant director for the Ventana Wilderness Society in Big Sur, California.

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