Northwest Watershed Institute

Comprehensive Watershed Assessment, Protection & Restoration

Our Staff

Peter Bahls, Executive Director

Peter Bahls, Executive Director

Phone: 360-821-9566 Click HERE to send an email to Peter

Peter Bahls is a co-founder of Northwest Watershed Institute and has served as the organization’s Executive Director since the organization’s inception in 2001. He completed an M.S. in Fisheries Science and Aquatic Ecology from Oregon State University and has over 20 years experience in conservation biology and management, from tracking ants in Panama to brown bears on Kodiak Island. Prior to working for NWI, he worked as Senior Fish Biologist for David Evans and Associates, Inc. in Portland, Oregon and as the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe’s Habitat Biologist for the Hood Canal region, including Tarboo Creek. In 2009, Peter received the National Wetlands Award and the Eleanor Stopps Environmental Leadership Award for conservation achievements in the Tarboo watershed.

Judith Rubin, Director of Public Engagement

Judith Rubin, Director of Public Engagement

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Judith Rubin is a restoration botanist who currently serves as Director of Public Engagement. A co-founder of NWI, she joined the staff in 2004. Jude earned an M.S. as a Switzer Fellow and R.K. Mellon Fellow from the Botany-Field Naturalist Program, University of Vermont. Jude has 20+ years of experience restoring native plant communities in the Pacific Northwest and creating highly innovative youth and family programming including Plant-A-Thon, Youth Environmental Stewards (YES!) and BaseCamp. Jude has received numerous honors, including the Hood Canal Coordinating Council’s Environmental Achievement Award, and the Eleanor Stopps Environmental Leadership Award.

Wesley Meyers, Stewardship Director

Wesley Meyers, Stewardship Director

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Wesley Meyers is a botanist with a decade of experience in environmental restoration and data collection for scientific research. He completed a B.A. in Biology from Whitworth University in Spokane, WA in 2012 and has gone on to work for non-profit land trusts, universities, state parks, U.S.G.S, and The National Park Service. Wesley began working for NWI in 2017 and joined the full-time staff as Stewardship Director in 2022.

Jessica Brittain, Administrative Assistant

Jessica Brittain, Administrative Assistant

Jessica has been supporting local non-profit organizations with administrative and accounting support for over 5 years. She enjoys hiking and biking in the watersheds and wilderness areas of the Olympic Peninsula.  

 

Field Crew

Field Crew

NWI employs a field crew for assistance with a variety of restoration and assessment projects, including tree planting in the winter, monitoring and maintaining young plantings in the summer, and fish and habitat surveys.