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Kai Midboe

Sr. Advisor for Special Projects, General Counsel

Kai Midboe serves as Director of Policy Research and General Counsel at The Water Institute.  Midboe has extensive experience in dealing with the legal and policy implications involved in environmental, natural resource and water issues.  He served for many years in government and for over 20 years was a practicing attorney focusing on environmental and natural resource law.

Midboe was Executive Assistant to Governor David C. Treen for Federal and Environmental Affairs.  He received a Special Award from the Louisiana Wildlife Federation for developing the Governor's compromise plan to save the Atchafalaya Basin and served as the principal negotiator in the Atchafalaya Basin and Tensas land acquisitions (involving a donation of 54,000 acres and the purchase of over 25,000 acres of land for public use).  Midboe assisted Governor Treen in creating the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and was assigned to help implement the new department.

Midboe later served Louisiana as the Secretary of the Department of Environmental Quality, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources, and Assistant Attorney General for Lands and Natural Resources.  Midboe served at the federal level as Counsel to the U.S. House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Navigation and Counsel to the Maritime and International Division of the U.S. Coast Guard. 

Midboe has an LL.M in Ocean Law from University of Miami, School of Law, in cooperation with the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences; and a J.D. in law from St. John's University, School of Law.  He is a founding and alumni member of the Environmental Counsel of States (ECOS).   Midboe has served for many years on the LSU Sea Grant and LSU Sea Grant Law and Policy Program Advisory Councils.


  • Water Law and Policy
  • Environmental and Natural Resources Law
  • Governmental Relations