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.