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Robbin Finch Retires

Posted By Johanna M. Bell, Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Idaho Cities & Public Works Professionals,

There are people in Idaho that have had profound impacts on where we’ve been and where we’re going.  And then there’s Robbin Finch; whose contributions to Idaho communities and Public Works cannot be adequately described.  For those that may not have heard of Robbin, many of us and our fellow community members have benefitted from reading Robbin's excellent "AIC Water Quality Updates" over these many years.
Robbin has been with Boise City for over 30 years and his trailblazing work has fundamentally changed the way our nation manages water quality.  This is not hyperbole.  Robbin has been on the forefront of innovative Clean Water Act implementation strategies ranging from the Snake River-Hells Canyon TMDL to the Dixie Drain project and almost everything in between.  His counsel has been sought by everyone from national water quality experts to local municipalities trying to navigate a confusing regulatory framework.  His legacy will be lasting, as his groundbreaking ideas relating to pollutant trading, mercury minimization planning, and temperature compliance demonstrate.  Temperature compliance, for example, will continue to be the foundation of Boise's ongoing negotiations with EPA and shall likely set a precedent for how our nation manages temperature issues.  But perhaps most importantly, Robbin accomplished all this while being one of the kindest and hardworking people we have known.    
On a personal note, as his wife I am blessed to have him as my most trusted confidante and friend.  Robbin’s encyclopedic knowledge of the Clean Water Act, climate change issues, renewable energy, and generally anything related to sustainability has helped many of us navigate a challenging landscape ... and kept us out of trouble on more than one occasion!         
Please join us at the Association of Idaho Cities in wishing Robbin the very best in a well-deserved retirement!  Robbin can be reached through his email

A link to Robbin's retirement announcement can be found HERE.  


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