Jenna R. Mandell-Rice

Associate

206.623.9372

jrm@vnf.com

Assistant

Millennium Tower
719 Second Avenue Suite 1150
Seattle, WA 98104
  • Advises Snohomish County Public Utility District with respect to relicensing of hydroelectric projects and CWA Section 401 certifications.
  • Counsels Roza Irrigation District on all aspects of federal and state environmental permitting and use authorization for a proposed floating pumping plant located within the boundary of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s Kachess Reservoir.
  • Counsels clients on ESA compliance and litigation issues, including listing, critical habitat designation, consultation, and reintroduction of listed species.
  • Represented operator of a FERC-licensed hydroelectric project in action brought by landowners alleging state-law claims for property damage. Obtained dismissal of all claims with prejudice.
  • Counsels City of Tacoma on water rights and municipal water supply. Key issues include change and transfer of existing water rights, instream flows and fisheries, trust water and hydropower licensing.
  • Provides counsel to several coalitions of industry groups and property owners in Washington and Oregon related to recent changes in the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s implementation of the National Flood Insurance Program. Responsibilities include: strategic counsel in response to several Biological Opinions issued by NOAA-Fisheries to FEMA regarding the effect of the NFIP on threatened and endangered species; litigation in federal court challenging implementation of the Biological Opinions; and legislative advocacy related to the pending reauthorization of the NFIP.

Publications

National Flood Insurance Program: Oregon Communities & Developers Face Significantly Heightened Standards Following ESA Consultation - National Impacts Probable

The Water Report, Issue 152
10/15/2016

Presentations

2018 Wetlands in Washington

Speaker, "Section 408 Permitting"
Law Seminars International
Seattle, WA
05/21/2018

2018 Environmental and Land Use Law Midyear Meeting & Conference

Presenter, "The Role of Greenhouse Gas Emissions in SEPA and NEPA Review"
Washington State Bar Association
Cle Elum, WA
05/10/2018

2016 Environmental and Land Use Law Midyear Conference and Meeting

Speaker, "Mitigation Banks, In-Lieu Fees, and Permittee-Sponsored Mitigation – Opportunities and Challenges"
Cle Elum, Washington
05/05/2016