Our Vision

Colorado Headwaters is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring the preservation of Colorado values by protecting our vital water resources. This includes preserving and restoring lands and ecosystems that produce clean water necessary for thriving communities and industries in Colorado as well as in states downstream.

Our Story

As citizens living among the mountains and high valleys of Colorado, we see firsthand the erosion of the natural resources that sustain our irreplaceable sources of clean water. This resource degradation affects our communities and our way of life along with all communities, businesses and industries downstream.

While government agencies and private entities have addressed some concerns, significant challenges remain. Unfortunately, the current political climate undermines government efforts to protect and restore vital land and water resources. With population reaching a tipping point and climate change damaging crucial resources, this regressive leadership could not come at a worse time.

To address this triple threat, we are pushing forward to marshal private-sector support for protecting, restoring and enhancing our headwaters resources. As the late Colorado Poet Laureate Thomas Hornsby Ferril wrote, "Here is a land where life is written in water." Without strong action and leadership, future chapters of life on this land will spiral into dystopian desolation.

We hope you will join us in writing a better story of life in Colorado by donating whatever you can – time, money, expertise – to help ensure a bright future for our vital resources.

Principals

President

Jerry Mallet

Jerry Mallett has compiled 50-plus years of experience with local, regional, national and international elected officials, government agencies and citizen groups to achieve productive solutions to environmental, social and economic issues. As executive director of Western River Guides Association, Jerry developed and funded the association’s annual budget through various programs, corporate grants and nonprofit foundations. Jerry also served as western field representative for The Wilderness Society and development director for funding Western U.S. field representatives. He was also a founding member of American Rivers, where he served on the board of directors for 25 years.

Vice President

Sally Ranney

The host for the Colorado Headwaters documentary is Sally Ranney, a passionate environmentalist. Sally has been active in environmental issues for the past 35 years. She serves on a variety of boards, including the Climate Accountability Institute and the Bonobo Conservation Initiative. She is president and co-founder of the American Renewable Energy Institute, Women’s Earth and Climate Network and Earth Restoration Alliance. She is the corporate executive officer of Stillwater Preservation, LLC, and president and founder of Rising Wolf International.

 

Field Organizer

Bill Dvorak

Bill Dvorak has been an avid environmentalist all his life and served as public lands organizer for the National Wildlife Federation from 2006 through 2017. Bill played a key role in the passage of HB-1298, the Wildlife Habitat Protection Act and HB-1341, which designated more diverse and well-rounded representation on the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. Bill was also the first licensed river outfitter in Colorado.