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Christopher Bellovary

Staff Attorney


Chris Bellovary joined Riverkeeper in June 2020. He was formerly an attorney-advisor for Region 10 of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), working in their water law unit.

Chris received his B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Wisconsin in 1993. In the late 1990s, Chris began studying climate change, and the scope of the issue eventually led to his decision to return to school, leaving a successful career in the private sector. Chris was simultaneously enrolled in the University of Wisconsin Law School and in a master’s program for conservational biology and sustainable development, which resulted in receiving his J.D. and a doctoral certificate in environmental policy and law from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 2005.

Chris’ started his career at EPA as an environmental engineer, where he managed the remediation of several Superfund sites, including acting as the program’s litigation support specialist for the Bunker Hill Mining and Metallurgical Complex. Chris’ work with EPA’s Office of Regional Counsel led to him starting work as an attorney-advisor for their water law unit in 2012, where he became their lead enforcement attorney for cases under the Clean Water Act and Part C of the Safe Drinking Water Act.

Chris is very excited about his new role as an attorney for Riverkeeper, and is looking forward to exploring and learning more about his new home state!

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