Richard A. Agnew

Chairman

202.298.1815

raa@vnf.com

Assistant

1050 Thomas Jefferson Street NW
Seventh Floor
Washington, DC 20007
  • Recently assisting in securing nearly $10 million in federal funding for a community in Washington state, to redevelop and revitalize a now closed pulp mill site for economic development purposes.
  • Securing funding for initial studies for a municipal wastewater treatment facility in northwest Washington state.
  • Providing counsel to a corporation seeking to provide transportation access to a proposed economic redevelopment project for areas damaged in the 1993 Mississippi River floods.
  • Providing counsel to a large group of utility customers of the Bonneville Power Administration in major litigation involving federal Power Marketing Administration costs related to compliance with the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to ensure accountability and effective salmon recovery use under the Act.
  • Counseling a major hydroelectricity generating utility seeking permit authority under Section 10 (Habitat Conservation Plans) of the ESA.
  • Successfully forming a four-state legislative initiative to establish and secure funds for the coastal Pacific salmonid initiative, resulting in $600 million over the past seven years.
  • Representing an agricultural trade association on various natural resource matters before Congress and federal agencies.
  • Counseling an Alaska Native Corporation on major oil and gas development and land exchanges with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to allow full economic use of Native lands.
  • Providing counsel to major cruise ship operators regarding National Park Service concession contracts and entry permits into Glacier Bay National Park.
  • Counseling several Pacific Northwest public utilities on hydroelectricity relicensing proceedings, including state certification under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act.

Publications

Designing a Climate-Friendly Energy Policy: Options for the Near Term

Pew Center on Global Climate Change
07/01/2002

Presentations

National Water Resources Association's Western Water Seminar 2016

Presenter, "Columbia River Treaty Roundtable"
Sun Valley, ID
08/03/2016

NHA's 2013 Alaska Regional Meeting

Panel moderator, "Roadless Rule and Impact on Alaskan Hydropower Development"
National Hydropower Association
Girdwood, AK
09/26/2013