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John Berggren, Ph.D.

Senior Regional Water Policy Analyst


Healthy Rivers

Office Location

Boulder, Colorado

Area of Focus

John works to advance water conservation and efficiency policies at the regional, state, and local levels by engaging with municipalities, water managers, state officials, and other stakeholders throughout the region. Much of this work is at the intersection of water and land use planning with the hopes of helping communities become as water efficient as possible.


John joined Western Resource Advocates in 2018.  Shortly before joining WRA, he completed his Ph.D. at the University of Colorado – Boulder where he focused on sustainable and equitable water management in the Colorado River Basin.  His experience also includes researching municipal drivers of climate change adaptation, the co-production and usability of climate and hydrologic science, and understanding changes in wildfire mitigation and policy.


Ph.D. in Environmental Studies from the University of Colorado – Boulder; M.H.S. in Environmental Health Sciences from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; and B.A. in Public Health Studies from the Johns Hopkins University.

Favorite thing about the West

Backpacking to a high-alpine lake to fly fish for cutthroat trout.  And running rivers through the mountains and the desert. I guess that’s two things.

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