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Steve Fleischli

Steve Fleischli Director and Senior Attorney, Water Program

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Water policy, climate change, curbing water pollution, stormwater management, Clean Water Act, water management.


Steve Fleischli is a Senior Attorney* and Director of the Water Program. Most recently, Steve led the Water Program’s Water & Climate Team. His areas of emphasis include water quality, climate preparedness and energy & water issues. Prior to joining NRDC in 2010, Steve served as President of Waterkeeper Alliance, an international environmental organization supporting local watershed programs (such as Riverkeepers, Baykeepers and Soundkeepers) in nearly 200 communities across six continents. Steve also served as Executive Director of Waterkeeper Alliance (2003-2007) and as the Santa Monica Baykeeper in Los Angeles (1999-2003). He has held positions as a Legal & Policy Analyst for Heal the Bay and as an adjunct law professor at Pepperdine University School of Law. He is a graduate of UCLA School of Law and holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder, with majors in Economics; Environmental, Population, and Organismic Biology; and Environmental Conservation.

*Admitted in California and the District of Columbia

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