Headwaters forests provide over 60% of the American West’s water supply and they are in grave danger.
Catastrophic wildfires, a changing climate and past management decisions have hurt the forests’ ability to provide clean water to millions of people.
Today leaders around the region are pioneering innovative ways to build resilience back into our forests through watershed restoration and source water protection. More resilient forests give us a more resilient water supply.
Carpe Diem West leads the Healthy Headwaters Alliance, a coalition of water utility managers, conservationists, public agency staff, scientists, community advocates and businesses.
Together, we guide and connect successful efforts around the region to multiply their impact and tell the stories of successful source water protection efforts and spreading these innovative approaches.
Deputy Regional Director and Senior Director, Western Water - National Wildlife FederationMore
National Director for Watershed, Fish, Wildlife, Air, Rare Plants, and Subsistence in Alaska - US Forest ServiceMore
Environmental Supervisor, Watershed Protection and Property Management - Eugene Water & Electric BoardMore
We are developing a new understanding of where water comes from - not from the streams, but from the forest.
- Ron Lehr, President Denver Water Board (1993-1999)
Bibliography - The Economic Value of Water & Watersheds on National Forest Lands in the US
Prepared for Carpe Diem West's September 2010 Healthy Headwaters meeting. Alison Berry/Sonoran InstituteDownload
Healthy Headwaters Second Leadership Convening Summary Salt Lake City, UT
Building on it’s March 2010 meeting in Seattle, Carpe Diem West’s Healthy Headwaters Project working group met September 16, 2010 in Salt Lake City. The group focused its discussion on specific policy, management, and scientific issues that western water managers and advocates are facing in their work to make watersheds more resilient to climate change.Download
Healthy Headwaters First Leadership Convening Summary Seattle, WA
Carpe Diem's Western Water & Climate Change Project hosted the first Healthy Headwaters leadership working group meeting on March 19, 2010 at the Wilburforce Foundation in Seattle to explore and discuss opportunities for a new level of national forest and watershed protection in the era of climate change.Download
Western Water & Climate Change Communications Guidelines
A comprehensive framing analysis of existing media coverage and public opinion data on the issues of climate change and water in the West. September, 2009Download
Climate Change, Water, and National Forests in the West
This policy brief outlines key issues and opportunities arising from the impacts of climate change on the western National Forests—and on the millions of users who depend on water that comes from those headwaters. July 2009Download
Federal Policy In Western Water and Climate Change - Las Vegas
Convening summary from Carpe Diem West's meeting held in Las Vegas March, 2009, examines possible changes to the federal government’s role in adaptation strategies addressing climate change impacts on the West’s water supply, water dependent industries, agriculture, and river ecosystems.Download
Federal Policy in Western Water & Climate Change
This white paper provides a brief summary of the evolving federal role in western water management, suggests the driving forces for change, and sets out questions to frame the discussion from the March 2009 convening.Download
Rethinking Storage in the Era of Climate Change
Convening summary - November 2008, Denver, CO Examining the evolving role of water storage - new, proposed and re-operation of existing projects - in the face of climate change impacts. Exploring the opportunities to find common ground among stakeholders.Download