GWC Water Webinar Four: Investing in Healthy Headwaters

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Date(s) - 10/27/2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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Meeting the Financial Challenges of Improved Water Management in the West: A GWC Webinar Series

Session Four

Investing in Healthy Headwaters

Tuesday, October 27th
12:00-1:00 p.m. Mountain Time
Zoom Webinar

The relationship between healthy forests and reliable water supplies has been understood for centuries, and is increasingly important in an era of climate warming, forest disease outbreaks, and devastating fires.  However, the water management community historically has not been heavily engaged in efforts to protect and restore healthy source water areas. This is now changing in many pockets throughout the West, and lessons are being learned that might suggest opportunities for broader regional efforts.

Registration (Webinar access will be sent to the email address provided)

Via Zoom from 12:00-1:00 p.m. Mountain Time
Webinar is free and open to the public.
1 Colorado CLE available.

View the full suite of sessions here: GWC Water Webinar Series
All session are free and open to the public.


Kimery Wiltshire
Carpe Diem West

Kimery is the President of Carpe Diem West – a network of Western water leaders that builds success around innovative, equitable and sustainable responses to water crises as the climate rapidly changes in the American West.  

With over 25 years of director- and executive level work in the American West – with water supply utilities, NGOs, community leaders, businesses and public agencies – she brings a depth of experience in unknotting complex problems and initiating practical, science-based solutions.

A born and bred daughter of the American West, Kimery has to be reminded that occasionally important things do happen east of the 100th meridian.

Marshall Brown
General Manager
Aurora Water

Marshall Brown is the General Manager of Aurora Water. His areas of responsibility include potable and reclaimed water, wastewater and storm water. Mr. Brown has over 25 years of experience in the water industry. He began in the private sector, where he worked on water resource evaluation and development, feasibility studies, groundwater modeling and groundwater characterization and remediation.

He was previously the head of the water utility in Scottsdale, AZ. He accepted his current position as General Manager of Aurora Water in 2012. During his time with these two industry leading utilities, Mr. Brown has had the privilege of being involved in the planning and management of activities to position each organization for sustainable futures. These activities have included helping create diversified water portfolios, planning/implementing/managing emerging technologies (such as reverse osmosis, aquifer storage and recovery and riverbank filtration), communicating/managing through multiple strategic efforts (rate increases, drought restrictions, fee methodology changes, etc.) and policy discussions/creation on a local, state and national level.

Brown received a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Brigham Young University in Geological Engineering and a Master’s of Science degree from the University of Arizona in Geophysical and Geological Engineering.


Doug Kenney
Western Water Policy Program Director
Getches-Wilkinson Center
Doug Kenney is Director of the Western Water Policy Program within the University of Colorado Law School in the Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy and the Environment. He is also founder and current chair of the Colorado River Research Group. He has written extensively on several water-related issues, including law and policy reform, river basin and watershed-level planning, climate change adaptation, and water resource economics. Dr. Kenney has served as a consultant to a variety of local, state, multi-state, and federal agencies, including several Interior Department agencies, EPA, and the US Forest Service; and national governments and NGOs in Asia and Africa. Additionally, he has made presentations in 21 states (and the District of Columbia), 8 nations, and 5 continents. He has a B.A. in biology from the University of Colorado, a M.S. in Natural Resources Policy and Administration from the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. in Renewable Natural Resource Studies from the University of Arizona.

Registration (Webinar access will be sent to the email address provided)

Via Zoom from 12:00-1:00 p.m. Mountain Time
Webinar is free and open to the public.
1 Colorado CLE available.