Mr. Deibel has more than 30 years experience in fisheries and habitat management, with an emphasis on instream flow studies, analysis and interpretation. He has been extensively involved in agency decision making, NEPA analysis, agency rule making and policy development. Bob has served as an expert panelist on complex water management problems including Formal Study Dispute in FERC proceedings and expert testimony in FERC Trial Type Hearings.
His background includes a National Sea Grant Fellowship working for the U.S. House of Representatives, and Fishery Biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and U.S. Forest Service. Mr. Deibel was an IDT member for the President’s Northwest Forest Plan EIS, Forest Service Representative to the Rapid Response Team for Transmission (RRTT to implement President’s executive order to improve agency processing and permitting of large scale transmission lines), and served as National Energy Lead for the U.S. Forest Service. Most recently he was National Hydropower Program Manager and National Instream Flow Coordinator for the U.S. Forest Service.
He is an expert in federal agency permitting and siting of energy facilities, information and analysis for NEPA decisions, and application of regulations related to project applications, especially FERC hydropower projects.
Bob holds a B.S. in Fisheries from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and an M.S. in Fisheries from Humboldt State University. He joined Negotiation Guidance Associates in 2017. He teaches strategic approaches to negotiation of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) licensing settlement agreements as part of Advancing the Art of Negotiation: FERC, As well as other natural resource focused three-day Advancing the Art of Negotiation training courses.