HRC Staff

Rich Bowers, Western Region Coordinator
Bellingham, Washington
Email: rich at hydroreform dot org

Rich provides regional and national communication support to members in the Western Region (California and the Pacific Northwest) including industry, agency and tribal partners regarding individual project licensing, and on issues such as hydropower strategy, training, and policy. Rich is the former Executive Director of American Whitewater, and before that, Conservation and Hydropower Program Director.  He is a founding steering committee member for both the Hydropower Reform Coalition and the California Hydropower Reform Coalition.  In addition to Northwest Coordinator, Rich has been a nonprofit consultant, board member and a volunteer river advocate for many issues since moving to Bellingham, WA from Maryland in 2001.


Rupak Thapaliya, National Coordinator
Washington, D.C.
Email: rupak at hydroreform dot org

Rupak joined the HRC in 2007. As a Coalition staff, he is responsible for information interchange and strategy exchanges between Coalition members.  He provides support to the HRC chair in policy work and handles administrative functions for the Coalition.  Prior to working at HRC, Rupak interned with the Winneshiek County Soil and Water Conservation District in Decorah, Iowa and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency in Collinsville, IL. Rupak obtained his MS in Environmental Policy from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, IL, and BA in Environmental Management from Luther College, IA.