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)
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
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.Download
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?Download