GBRW TeamWorking for Nevada's Environment & Resources
Great Basin Resource Watch is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, founded in 1994 by a coalition of environmental, Native American and scientific community representatives. We are a regional environmental justice organization dedicated to protecting the health and well being of the land, air, water, wildlife, and human communities of the Great Basin from the adverse effects of resource extraction and use.
GBRW’s headquarters are in Reno, Nevada. We inform communities about mining impacts through reports and educational materials. We review mine proposals, permits and expansions in Nevada and California, and we recommend policy solutions to reduce toxic emissions, protect our water resources and preserve human and wildlife habitat.
Board of Directors
Larson Bill is Western Shoshone and lives in the Northeastern part of the Western Shoshone Treaty territory, along the Ruby Mountains. Larson is a descendant of the Dosawee family, the traditional warrior lineage of the Western Shoshone. He is a long time leader and has served consecutively for over 25 years in an elected capacity in Elko, TeMoak, and South Fork as council member, chairman and vice-chairman. He has also served on the Inter-Tribal Council of Nevada, representing all 26 tribes in Nevada, in a Council position and as ITCN Secretary.
Mr. Bill is the former Vice-Chairman for Southfork and a Board member of the Rural Nevada Development Corporation and Great Basin Mine Watch. Larson is the Community Planner for the Western Shoshone Defense Project. In that capacity, he serves as the lead organizer for community meetings and dialogues with corporate and government entities. Larson has been active in the defense of Western Shoshone rights for many years and has been a lead delegate on numerous National and International Summits in the U.S., Canada and Central America, the United Nations in New York, and to the U.S. Congress.
Glen Miller, Ph.D.
Glenn C. Miller is a Professor of Natural Resources and Environmental Science at the University of Nevada, Reno. He has a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Environmental Chemistry (1977) from the University of California at Davis. Following graduate studies, he spent a year of postdoctoral study at the EPA’s Environmental Research Laboratory in Athens, Georgia. He has been on the UNR faculty since 1978 and was Director of the Graduate Program in Environmental Sciences and Health from 1996-2006 and Director of the Center for Environmental Sciences and Engineering from 1999-2003.
Aimee Boulanger is a consultant providing nonprofit organizations program and management support services. She also coordinates the Washington State Chapter of the Collaborative on Health and the Environment, a diverse network of scientists, researchers, healthcare professionals, nonprofit advocates, government service staff and citizens sharing a common concern about links between human health and the environment.
GBRW Executive Director
John E. Hadder is currently the Director for Great Basin Research Watch. His academic background is in physical chemistry with a MS from the University of Cincinnati. In 1991 he first visited the Nevada Test Site and became involved with work around nuclear issues in Nevada. Since that time he has been applying his knowledge of chemistry and science to public policy and environmental issues.
Over the years he has worked in areas of community planning, non-violence and peace work, energy, sustainable transportation, indigenous rights, and general environmental protection. He has developed skills in activism and organizing, and spent time traveling within the Great Basin learning about the land and its people.
John also teaches chemistry at Truckee Meadows Community College. He serves on the board of directors for the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability, and HOME (Healing Ourselves and Mother Earth). He is also a thespian, acting, writing, and directing projects with Theoretical Theatre, and also works with the Nevada Shakespeare Company. In addition, he loves cycling on the open road.
Houston Kempton is a geochemist specializing in water quality at hard-rock mines. He has B.S. degrees in geology and geography (Mary Washington College, 1982), and an M.A. in Geology (University of Colorado, 1987). His technical experience has focused on sampling and analysis of water at existing mines, and applying predictive models to estimate the effects of mine facilities (tailings, waste rock, and pit lakes) on future water quality. His work for mine operators includes projects in Peru, Chile, Canada, Burkina Faso, Russia, and the Western US. His work with government and non-government organizations has included projects funded by the US EPA, the US BLM, various US states (CO, MN, and CA), and Oxfam.
In response to the expanded use of computer predictions for mine permitting, Mr. Kempton’s published articles focus on refining key parameters used in water-quality models, including pollution release from mine waste, the fate and transport of pollutants, and the feasibility of water-treatment technologies. His recent research includes methods for incorporating uncertainty into probabilistic water-quality models, and addressing the technical and policy dilemmas associated with closing operating mines that will require perpetual active water treatment.