Water Institute Hires Policy Research Director

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The Water Institute of the Gulf
The Water Institute of the Gulf Kai Midboe

Kai Midboe is a veteran of natural resource & environmental law

The Water Institute of the Gulf, an independent applied research institute focused on solutions to challenges in coastal, deltaic, river and water resource systems, has hired Kai Midboe as director of policy research and general counsel.

Midboe, who retired recently from the McGlinchey Stafford law firm, is a veteran of natural resource and environmental law. Previously, he served as executive assistant to former Louisiana Gov. Dave Treen for federal and environmental affairs, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, deputy secretary of the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources and assistant attorney general for Lands and Natural Resources. Midboe has also served as counsel to the U.S. House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Navigation.

Midboe will focus on water resource policy issues. Current institute research efforts involve finding solutions to environmental and societal challenges which are often accompanied by legal and public policy issues. Midboe will work to address these issues in a comprehensive, integrated manner. He will also serve as general counsel to the institute, providing legal advice in the development of policies, procedures and programs.

"Kai has incredible knowledge with environmental law and water-policy issues that affect Louisiana and the Gulf Coast," said Chip Groat, president and CEO of The Water Institute. "He'll be a tremendous asset in our mission to use applied research in helping solve the water and coastal challenges that face the state, the Gulf of Mexico and beyond."

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