Healthy Headwaters Policy Platform – May 2020
Over the past ten years, the Healthy Headwaters Alliance, an innovation network of diverse western water leaders, has implemented new and sustainable responses to impacts of a rapidly changing climate on water resources in the American West.
Through this broad-based network, leaders develop partnerships, identify new approaches for addressing climate impacts, share information quickly, and integrate communication strategies and tools to promote success.
This Healthy Headwaters Federal Policy Platform is the third such document issued by the Alliance in the past five years. Its focus is on federal policy changes, including recommendations for funding.
The Healthy Headwaters Alliance will come under the umbrella of the National Wildlife Federation this month, May 2020. This respected national conservation organization will provide the expertise and capacity to take the Alliance’s work to scale with national advocacy and communications and to connect the network with a diverse range of communities, interests, and partners throughout the western United States.
In the ten years Carpe Diem West has led the Healthy Headwaters Alliance, we’ve had great successes. Together, we’ve implemented new and sustainable responses to impacts of a rapidly changing climate on water resources; identified new approaches for addressing climate change impacts; shared critical information quickly; learned about forests and water justice; and, integrated communication strategies and tools to promote success.
In this time of a rapidly warming climate, it is imperative that watershed protection work be quickly scaled up and implemented based on scientifically sound principles that will lead to more resilient landscapes. This, in turn, requires innovative federal policy and significantly higher levels of federal investments.
Cue the National Wildlife Federation.
We are grateful for the time and expertise contributed by so many Western water and climate leaders and scientists. While Carpe Diem West is on hiatus, all of our resources and reports will continue to be available at www.carpediemwest.org.