Barbara Vlamis, Director, is Executive Director of AquAlliance, a north state coalition dedicated to protecting Sacramento Valley regional water resources. She has protected north state communities and the environment from ground water sales, hazardous materials releases, and wetland destruction for nearly two decades. She led successful litigation resulting in designation of over 900,000 acres of vernal pool critical habitat in California and Southern Oregon, and which established the Recovery Plan for Vernal Pool Ecosystems. Her collaboration with Chico-area neighbors resulted in the best possible cleanup of California’s largest burn dump, including long-term deed restrictions that will help protect future residents. In the last three years, her CEQA and NEPA comments and litigation have altered federal and state efforts to extract massive amounts of ground water from the Sacramento Valley for uses south of the Delta.