Bob Williams is a fisheries biologist with 32 years of experience in all aspects of implementation of and compliance with the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and other U.S. federal environmental laws. He performed field and office work for the first 10 years of his career, assisting in research that provided information for ESA Section 7 consultation and conservation of four Colorado River endangered fish species, leading to the development of a Recovery Implementation Program for these endangered fish.
From 1992 to December 2011, Mr. Williams was responsible for managing and overseeing U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service offices, specializing in ESA compliance in Utah and Nevada in both rural and urban settings. He has considerable experience in negotiating complex and controversial terrestrial and aquatic-related issues, looking for creative ways to solve ESA and other environmental compliance requirements to the satisfaction of all parties. As the Nevada State Supervisor, Mr. Williams worked on the team negotiating the Truckee River Operating Agreement (TROA) and participated in the development of the environmental documents for implementation of TROA. He has assisted in the development of numerous recovery programs and Section 10 Habitat Conservation Plans (HCP) for U.S. federal and state listed and candidate species.