America's Watershed Board of Directors

A diverse board includes participants from across the watershed and different sectors.

Robert “Bob” Sinkler

Dawson & Associates


Robert “Bob” Sinkler is a senior advisor at Dawson & Associates, which is a firm that’s well known for resolving complex challenges involving Federal water resources and environmental regulatory policy and procedures. Previously, Bob was the director of water infrastructure for The Nature Conservancy’s North America Water Program. In this position, he and his team focused on implementing interagency integrated water resources management in large watersheds—particularly with the nation’s largest river systems.

Prior to joining the Conservancy, Bob served as principle strategic advisor to the Chief of Engineers and Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), where he assisted the Chief of Engineers in setting the strategic direction for USACE, the world’s largest public engineering, design, and construction management agency.

He also served as Chief of Army Environmental Programs in the Pentagon where he developed and managed $1.5 B in annual environmental programs that enabled the Army to maintain compliance with environmental laws worldwide, and execute environmental clean-up and remediation actions.

From 2009 to 2011, Bob commanded a USACE task force responsible for designing and constructing the segment of the $14.4 billion Hurricane Storm Surge System for the greater New Orleans area in the places hardest hit in 2005 by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita (primarily Orleans and St. Bernard Parishes).

Bob also commanded the Rock Island District (USACE) where he led the planning for, operations and maintenance of, and construction to support more than $30 billion of Federal navigation, flood risk reduction, hydropower, environmental and recreational infrastructure in parts of the five Upper Mississippi River Basin states.  He led the on the ground execution of the Corps’ response to the devastating Midwest floods in 2008.

Bob has served as the federal representative on the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East Coastal Advisory Committee, the Illinois River Coordinating Council and the Iowa Water Resources Coordinating Council.  Bob is currently a senior advisor to Dawson & Associates, the nation’s premier firm for resolving complex challenges involving Federal water resources and environmental regulatory policy and procedures.