The Briefer Story

People are the core of our work here at Carpe Diem West and Laura Briefer, Salt Lake City’s Water Resources Manager, epitomizes the next generation of western water and climate leadership. She and so many others we work with give us hope for the future of water in the American West.

That’s why I was thrilled to see her interviewed on Climate.gov this past week. There, she talks about the recent study she co-authored with Western Water Assessment, which looks at the relationship between climate warming and the stream flows that Salt Lake City relies on for water. She also discusses tree ring analysis and Salt Lake’s reaction to extreme weather events, and gives some excellent advice to water managers on the importance of partnerships.

As many of us know, Laura is a master when it comes to developing partnerships. I’ve been impressed by the support she has from Salt Lake City Mayor, Ralph Becker, who fully understands the importance of her work. She’s also been an avid participant in our network of western water leaders for many years.

And that brings me to my final point: I’m happy to announce that Laura has joined Carpe Diem West’s Board of Directors! I can’t think of anyone more qualified to help lead our organization as we meet the western water and climate challenges of the next few decades.

Congratulations, Laura!

2/19/14

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