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Colleen Haraden is Balance’s COO and Marketing Director she brings over 29 years’ experience in the geosciences, with a focus on water resources, environmental and public works fields. Colleen marries her passion for human connections, water resources, research, and art in her role at Balance. You can find her reading through a thick tome of the never-ending California water challenges, to pondering a Diseño map imagining early Californians and their relationship with a now urban stream, getting to know folks from a local watershed council, or strategizing with colleagues on how best to address a client’s needs. Throughout her career, Colleen has been involved in a broad spectrum of projects throughout the Western United States and Hawaii from regional groundwater studies to project management of technically rich projects such as the development of web applications and web portals for public outreach and program management, and GIS for analysis and presentation-ready graphics, she heartily jumps into project work or mentors staff in project management and client services. Colleen also supports our clients with grant applications and strategies, she has prepared grant applications, assisted agencies with grant management (Prop 1, 50 and 84), and managed grant-funded projects. Colleen thrives on portraying complex concepts and communicating these ideas to interested community members, developing outreach materials and helping to conduct public meetings. When she’s not in the office, most likely she’s carving a wood spoon, making art, growing food and canning, or floating in some water body with her family.

  • B.S., Geological Sciences, San Diego State University
  • Mountain Lake Remediation Alternatives Feasibility Study, San Francisco Presidio, San Francisco County, California. Ms. Haraden was the Project Manager for Balance’s role in supporting a large consulting firm in addressing water quality and restoring a portion of Mountain Lake, one of the few remaining natural lakes in San Francisco.
  • Martis Valley Groundwater Management Plan, Placer County Water Agency, Placer and Nevada Counties, California. Ms. Haraden developed the GIS of hydrogeologic and geology database and aquifer information to assist with preparation of a groundwater management plan, along with detailed illustrated geologic cross-sections.
  • Lacey Meadows, Truckee River Watershed Council, Nevada County, California. As GIS Analyst Lead, Ms. Haraden developed geodatabase, integrated field data and historical aerial image interpretation.
  • “Tools for Implementing Low Impact Development and Structural Controls for Stormwater.” Nevada Water Environment Association, Annual Conference, 2010. (with Whelan, E.)
  • Shaw, D., Chartrand, S., and Haraden, C., 2012, Messy creeks: restoring floods and sediment production and storage on alluvial fans, Ecesis: California Society for Ecological Restoration Quarterly Newsletter, v.22, Issue 4.

When I joined Balance Hydrologics I felt I had come home, I love the work we do and our clients. My creativity and ideas are valued and encouraged. These are challenging times for our environment, I am happy to work with a great firm, especially my talented coworkers, as we to do our small part to balance human impacts with our natural world. Whether we’re restoring a critical habitat or improving the health of waterway, we create space for nature to recover and humans to be inspired – a balance.

I’m a maker, artist, and creator. I love taking a block of hardwood and creating a wooden spoon or another tool. I work with all hand tools, I begin with only a subtle idea of what I’ll carve, I leave it to the wood to guide me through to the finished product. My other focus is textile art, where I explore the intersection of history and geography, creating aerial imaginings often involving a waterway.

My daughter and are both involved in the Social Justice Sewing Academy ( SJSA is a youth education program that bridges artistic expression with activism to advocate for social justice. Through a series of hands-on workshops in schools, prisons and community centers across the country, SJSA empowers youth to use textile art as a vehicle for personal transformation and community cohesion and become agents of social change. My involvement includes leading workshops, embroidering blocks, and piecing workshop blocks into complete quilts.