Bill Towey

Bill Towey has been involved in Columbia River management issues for the past 17 years; most recently as Policy Analyst for the Colville Confederated Tribes where he provides policy direction to the Fish and Wildlife Department Director and Chairman of the Colville Business Council’s Fish and Wildlife Committee. Bill is responsible for the oversight and management of the Tribe’s Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Program, the Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Funding project, Lead Entity Program, and represents the Colville Tribes in Columbia River Basin policy forums.

He is currently serving, and has served, on many regional fish recovery committees and boards relating to enhancement and recovery of Columbia River fish and wildlife including the Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board, Bonneville Environmental Foundation and multiple committees within the Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Authority. He has co-authored several peer reviewed scientific articles which have appeared in Fisheries Magazine and Ecological Restoration.

Bill is a member of the Washington Native Plant Society, (NE WA chapter), a member of the Society of Wetland Scientists, Betz Elementary Parent Teacher Association, Girls Fastpitch Softball Coach and member of the Board of Directors Pathways to Progress.

Bill grew up in Eastern Washington (Spokane Valley) and graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 1990. He and his wife Karlyn have two daughters, Bailey and Avery. He is very involved in coaching softball and is currently the head coach for the Washington State University Fastpitch Softball team. Other interests include baseball, flyfishing, hunting, and operating combine during harvest for his relatives on the Palouse.