Healthy Headwaters

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.

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Leadership Team

Mike Anderson

Senior Resources Analyst - The Wilderness Society

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Sarah Bates

Deputy Regional Director and Senior Director, Western Water - National Wildlife Federation

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Laura Briefer

Director - Salt Lake City Department of Public Utilities

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Christopher Carlson

Assistant Director for Water and Aquatic Resources, USDA Forest Service

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Kim Carr

Director, California Programs - National Forest Foundation

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David Edelson

Sierra Nevada Project Director - The Nature Conservancy

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Charlie Ester

Manager of Water Resource Operations - Salt River Project

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Todd Gartner

Senior Associate, Natural Infrastructure & Water, World Resources Institute

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Sterling Grogan

Senior Advisor & Ecologist - Carpe Diem West

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Rob Harper

National Director for Watershed, Fish, Wildlife, Air, Rare Plants, and Subsistence in Alaska - US Forest Service

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Holly Hartmann

Climate Scientist

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Cathy Kellon

Green Infrastructure Program Director - The Geos Institute

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Karen Knudsen

Executive Director, Clark Fork Coalition

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Dale Lyons

Senior Planning Consultant - Souder, Miller and Associates

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Mike McHugh

Environmental Permitting Coordinator - Aurora Water

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Mary Mitsos

President - National Forest Foundation

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Karl Morgenstern

Environmental Supervisor, Watershed Protection and Property Management - Eugene Water & Electric Board

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Marian Rice

Salt Lake City Department of Public Utilities

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Ann Schwend

Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation 

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Jennifer Sokolove

Director of Programs and Strategy - The Water Foundation

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John Shepard

Senior Director of Programs - Sonoran Institute

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Steve Whitney

Senior Program Officer - The Bullitt Foundation

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Rebecca Wolfe

Public Lands Team - Sierra Club

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Anne Zimmermann

US Forest Service, Ret.

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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)

Reports

Getting Ready: Western Water & Climate Change in the Southwest

On May 29, 2008, seventy-five leaders from the non-profit, private, academic, policy and government sectors met in Albuquerque at the offices of the Mid-Region Council of Governments to examine the impacts climate change will have on water supply, water quality and riparian ecosystems in the Southwest.

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Convening Summary - Western Water & Climate Change

On November 30, 2007 the Carpe Diem - Western Water & Climate Change project brought together 45 key stakeholders and lead decision makers from around the Western United States to begin a conversation and to find answers to: Is there an opportunity to build common agendas to respond to climate change impacts on western water? If yes, what might some of those common agendas look like? What would we need to know and do next?  

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