Ben Cope is an environmental engineer with 21 years of experience in water pollution management at the Region 10 office of EPA in Seattle. His career has been centered around the goals of the Clean Water Act. Early in his career he developed and issued NPDES permits to municipal sewage treatment facilities as well as facilities in the seafood processing, petroleum refining, pulp and paper, and mining industries in the Northwest. Currently, he provides scientific support for watershed restoration efforts in the region. He has supported Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) plans to control water pollution in numerous waterbodies in the region. Examples include TMDLs to reduce metals contamination in the Coeur d'Alene River basin, phosphorus pollution in the Spokane River, and temperature pollution from dams on the Columbia and Snake Rivers.