Robert C. Lothrop manages the Policy Development and Litigation Support Department at the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, where he has worked since 1981. The Commission was established by the Yakama, Warm Springs, Umatilla, and Nez Perce Indian tribes in 1977. The Commission assists these tribes with gravel-to-gravel management of the Columbia Basin’s salmon resources. The Commission’s Policy Department provides legal and policy support to the Commission and its member tribes.
An overview of Columbia Basin hydroelectric project impacts to salmon and related mitigation programs is contained in Lothrop, The Misplaced Role of Cost-Benefit Analysis in Columbia Basin Fishery Mitigation, 16 Envtl. L. 517 (1986). In 2004, Lewis & Clark Law School presented Mr. Lothrop with its Distinguished Environmental Graduate award, honoring those who have gone on to distinguished careers in environmental law. Mr. Lothrop has a BA in Biology from Cornell College, a JD from Lewis & Clark Law School with a Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law. He is a member of the Oregon State Bar