Methow Watershed Council and Staff
Legislation that enabled creation of the Council can be found in the Library.
Positions 1-6 of the Methow Watershed Council apply to and are voted on by the Council. The three initiating governments - the Town of Twisp, the Town of Winthrop, and Okanogan County - approve those elections The all volunteer Council is comprised of nine residents of Okanogan County. For complete information regarding the appointment process, membership structure, and organization of the Methow Watershed Council, please email our Administrator.
Jean Bodeau - Chair
Soo Ing-Moody - Vice Chair
Position #8 - Town of Twisp
Soo represents the Town of Twisp on the Council and currently serves as Mayor of Twisp.
Position #6 - At Large
Jean is a Licensed Hydrogeologist with more than 30 years’ experience as an environmental and groundwater professional in Alaska, Washington, and internationally. She has worked in private industry, consulting, government, and non-profits, with water management and conservation, water supply and wells, permitting, contaminated sites, and emergency response. Jean is an avid gardener, skier and hiker.
Position #1 - Upper Methow
Greg Knott has 27 years of experience with the U.S. Forest Service. He then served 8 years as the Methow Sub-basin Liaison for the Bureau of Reclamation. During that time, over 50 restoration projects were implemented while he managed Reclamation's ESA-listed species.
When not working on his 25 acre hobby farm, he plays the guitar, mandolin, and harp, coaches youth volleyball, is an active member of the Winthrop Kiwanis Club, and sails his 38′ sloop on the Salish Sea.
Position #2 - At Large
Mike Fort was a Smokejumper with Intercity airport from 1961 to 1967. He graduated from the University of Maryland with a BS in Civil Engineering in 1967. He worked internationally in Civil Engineering from 1968 to 1990 and returned to the Methow Valley in 1989.
Position #3 - Middle Methow
With over 40 years as a water and land resource professional, and a deep understanding of policy and technical issues, George wants to bring creative and collaborative problem solving to the issues addressed by the Council.
Position #4 - At Large
Lorah's formal education and training is in Natural Resource Policy and Facilitation/Dispute Resolution. She works with MVCC and the Conservation District, and wants to benefit the Council’s effectiveness at finding solutions and engaging the public in meaningful participation in water resources planning in WRIA 48 for a multitude of beneficiaries.
on the watershed council opened up he jumped at the chance to join. Tt is a great chance to expand knowledge of water law and to represent the lower valley's interest.
Position #5 - Lower Methow
Bill lives in McFarland Creek on a small farm with his partner Katie Haven. He is a Licensed Land Surveyor and has been working in the Methow Valley for twenty years to support his hobby farm habit. He feels lucky to have adjudicated water rights on McFarland Creek, and when a position
William R. Tackman
Position #7 - Town of Winthrop
Jeff is the representative to the Council for the Town of Winthrop, and currently works as Winthrop's Public Works Director
Position #9 - Okanogan County
Andy currently serves District #2 on the Okanogan County Board of Commissioners
Sarah Lane- Administrator
Sarah moved to the Methow Valley in 2017 with her husband Glenn. It's the perfect place to pursue a love for flyfishing and working in the garden. Sarah has an Environmental Education - Communications degree from WWU. She performs administrative tasks, manages finances, takes minutes at meetings, and supports committees.