Women Rock – Again!

Carpe Diem West is blessed with terrific network leaders – of all genders.

In the male-dominated world of western water, we are especially proud of the dynamic women who are making smart, sustainable change happen.

Last week, Kathryn Sorensen, Director of Water at the City of Phoenix pulled off a coup: the City Council approved her request for three-year partnership to provide $200,000 annually to support the work of the Northern Arizona Forest Fund.

As Phoenix’s Mayor Greg Stanton said,

In an era of climate change and continued drought, the City of Phoenix must take direct steps to protect the lifeblood of our economy – our water supply. We must protect and preserve the rivers and watersheds that our City relies upon for continued economic prosperity.

This new partnership means a couple of things. It means that thousands of acres of forested watersheds will be restored. It means that the City’s water supply will be more secure. It means that Phoenix’s residents will be more connected to where their water comes from. And it means that other cities in the region and beyond will be encouraged to take similar actions.

As we work with communities across the West to protect and restore forested headwaters, Phoenix and her leaders provide a terrific example of what can be done to secure our water supply in the time of a changing climate.

Kimery Wiltshire

Kimery Wiltshire
June 3, 2015

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