From 1991-2007 Larry Wasserman was employed as Environmental Services Director by the Skagit River System Cooperative (“SRSC”), which represents the fisheries interest of the Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe and the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community. This work entailed advocating for the protection of natural resources and specifically for the protection and restoration of habitat essential for anadromous fish. From 1982-1991 he was employed in a similar capacity by the Yakama Indian Nation. In 2007, Larry began work exclusively for the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, however his duties still encompass similar work as part of daily SRSC operations.
A significant portion of Larry’s work over the last 25 years has entailed advocacy for the protection of Tribal water rights and the protection of instream flows which benefit all citizens in the State of Washington. He served on the Water Resources Forum established by Governor Booth Gardner in 1993. Larry has been quite active at the local level in the development of the 2001 Skagit Instream Flow rule and the negotiated agreement that led to its formation. Larry is currently involved as part of the Swinomish Tribe’s increased efforts to protect instream flows in the Skagit River that have been due to the Department of Ecology’s 2006 amendments to that rule that provided for additional out-of-stream uses. Larry also is actively involved in the review and development of rules and regulations adopted at the State and local levels with regard to all aspects of fisheries habitat protection.
In addition to Larry’s current employment at Swinomish, he is Vice-President of the Center for Natural Resource Policy, a non-profit organization that evaluates the legal, technical and policy implications of State and Federal law on natural resources. Most of the time he spends on the water is in the weekly pursuit of anadromous fish using hooks embellished fur and feathers.