Bart joined Waterkeeper Alliance in 2014 to spearhead the then new Affiliate Program. In 2016 he began coordinating Waterkeepers and Waterkeeper Affiliates in the Great Lakes, Gulf Coast and South Atlantic regions. He currently serves as the Eastern U.S. Organizer, bringing three years of experience organizing efforts to support Waterkeepers and Affiliates and four years of knowing what it’s like to be a Waterkeeper having previously served the role of Spokane Riverkeeper in Spokane, Washington. As Spokane Riverkeeper, Bart served some time on the Waterkeeper Council and was instrumental in the founding of the regional entity, Waterkeepers Washington. Under Bart’s watch, Spokane Riverkeeper established itself as a major force for change for clean water in both the states of Washington and Idaho and became a major player in the international fight over coal and oil exporting. In Bart’s tenure, Spokane Riverkeeper was behind the largest environmental settlement in Spokane history and groundbreaking state legislation that banned phosphorus dish detergent and lawn fertilizers.
Born and raised in Butte, Montana, Bart has always been around rivers, and from a young age cultivated a sense of ecological and social justice in relation to clean water. Bart holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Eastern Washington University. In 2011, Bart was recognized for his outstanding public service contributions with a Peirone Award, given by the Pacific Northwest Inlander. In 2013 he was recognized by both the Spokane Businesses Catalyst Magazine and by Eastern Washington University in their respective “20 under 40” lists. And in 2014 he was awarded the Inspirational Young Alumnus Award from his alma mater, Eastern Washington University.
Bart and his wife Sara and their son Emmett make their home in Missoula, Montana, having previously lived in Spokane, Washington for 14 years. They enjoy outdoor activities, live music and traveling.