Haley Paul, Arizona Policy Director

Haley Paul

Arizona Policy Director, Audubon Southwest

Haley Paul is the Arizona Policy Director for Audubon Southwest. In this role, she distills complex natural resource policy and water management issues—via blogs, webinars, infographics, and more—to demonstrate why water policy is important and how it impacts people and birds. Alongside a powerful network of Audubon advocates, Haley seeks to influence water policy outcomes in Arizona and in the Colorado River Basin, pushing them to be more inclusive of environmental needs and the needs of those historically excluded from water management decision-making.

As an Anthropology major in her undergraduate studies at Washington State University, Haley took a keen interest in better understanding how humans around the world and through time have organized themselves to sustain (or not) the natural resources on which they rely. While working on the student-run organic farm in Pullman, Washington, Haley gained a greater appreciation for agriculture and all that it takes to grow and harvest healthy, nourishing food. This led her to a graduate degree in Sustainability from Arizona State University where she examined the 1980 Groundwater Management Act and its impact on agriculture in central Arizona.

Haley believes we must tell the truth if we are going to improve our water management systems for people and birds—and that starts with an understanding of how we got to where we are, and why we need to fix things. The continued inequities we see, even just within the state of Arizona—where not all of the state’s residents have access to clean and reliable drinking water—should make headlines in the same way the shortage declarations on the Colorado River do. It is Haley’s hope that Audubon can be a positive contributor in the evolution of our water management systems so that they are more just, equitable, and inclusive. Climate change is giving us no other choice but to innovate and adapt.

While no bird identification expert, Haley’s passion for birds is evidenced by her two bird feeders, her desire to identify new birds in her Sibley’s guide, and her overall appreciation of the diversity and color birds bring to our world.

Articles by Haley Paul

Revisando la Sesión Legislativa de Arizona
April 19, 2024 — Dónde se encuentran los proyectos de ley y las prioridades presupuestarias de Audubon para 2024
Prioridades de agua de Audubon para 2024 en el Capitolio de Arizona
February 12, 2024 — Audubon y sus socios abogan por políticas inteligentes de agua para proteger el agua de Arizona.
El Consejo de Políticas del Agua Recomienda Mejoras en la Gestión de las Aguas Subterráneas de Arizona
November 30, 2023 — El Consejo de Política del Agua presenta sus recomendaciones a la Gobernadora Hobbs.
¿Qué hay en un Presupuesto para Aves (y Personas) para Arizona?
April 10, 2023 — Prioridades de financiación de Audubon para la sesión legislativa de 2023.
A white egret catches a fish in the water.
Las principales prioridades de Audubon en la Legislatura de Arizona en 2023
January 17, 2023 — Apoyando las políticas y la gestión del agua que ayudan a Arizona más pronto que tarde.
A large white pelican and several black cormorants stand on logs and plants sticking out of a body of water with mountains in the background.
¿Por qué está en crisis el río Colorado y qué se está haciendo al respecto?
October 03, 2022 — Preguntas apremiantes a un problema urgente formuladas y explicadas.
Inversiones históricas en agua y un acuerdo presupuestario bipartidista cierran la sesión legislativa de 2022 en Arizona, pero no hay avances en la gestión de las aguas subterráneas rurales
June 27, 2022 — La Coalición Agua para Arizona celebra $440 millones en inversiones de conservación, pero lamenta la falta de movimiento en las aguas subterráneas.
Construyendo un Arizona resiliente invirtiendo en los recursos naturales del Estado
April 20, 2022 — Las prioridades presupuestarias estatales de Audubon para la sesión legislativa de 2022.
Por qué necesitamos un Plan de Seguridad del Agua de Arizona, ahora
February 28, 2022 — Audubon insta al estado a tomar más medidas sobre el agua.
Invertir en el agua de Arizona mejorará las perspectivas para las personas y las aves
January 07, 2022 — Las prioridades de Audubon para la Sesión Legislativa de Arizona de 2022.