Short Course Webinars

Planning for Water

This timely, relevant course is taught by experienced faculty in five segments. Gain perspective on how planning for water works. 

This course was recorded live at the APA National Planning Conference on April 11-12, 2011.

CM | 6.25

How this Works


You will stream the recorded audio, PowerPoint, and video presentation from a URL that will be sent to you via e-mail once you register.

Your single user registration covers access for one person.

The group rate is for agencies, firms, and university planning programs. If you registered for the group rate, you may share the access URL with your colleagues within the agency, firm, or university planning program (including students) to play the webinar on multiple computers or project the program from one computer in a conference room. You are not permitted to share the URL with anyone outside the agency, firm, or planning program.

Registration includes access to a special conference website with supplemental reading materials.

You have access to the program for one year from the date of purchase and may claim CM credit until that date.

What Technology Is Required?

You will need:

  • A computer
  • Internet connection
  • Speakers or headphones to listen to the audio
  • Microsoft Silverlight (you will be prompted if you don't already have this free software installed)

Please note: In order to deliver this program at a lower cost, this technology is self-guided. Follow the instructions provided via the program links.


Registration is non-refundable. Please review the course outline below before registering for this course.

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You may also register for this webinar together with one on Municipal Finance. Learn more about the Municipal Finance webinar.

Register for Water Webinar plus Municipal Finance Webinar

Course Outline

View a detailed outline of the course (pdf)

Contents of the Course

Water Issues for Planners

Gain insight into the strategic points of intervention for overall water planning.
CM | 1.25

Jim Holway, AICP, Joint Venture Program Director, Sonoran Institute
Larry Baker, Senior Fellow, Water Resources Center, University of Minnesota

Growth and Water

What are the conflicts over water? How are policies framed and how is new legislation taking shape?
CM | 1.25

Dan Tarlock, III, Chicago-Kent College of Law
Betsy Otto, American Rivers

Green Planning, Recycling, and Water Utilities

Utilities are adopted advanced techniques such as smart grids and nutrient recovery in water. Find out what the leading practice is for water management and explore models of centralized and decentralized systems here and abroad.
CM | 1.25

Kelli Sertich, AICP, moderator, APA Board of Directors; Regulatory Division Manager, Flood Control District of Maricopa Co.
Paul R. Brown, AICP, Executive Vice President, CDM
Jeff Moeller, Water Environment Research Foundation
Vicki Elmer, University of Oregon

Green Planning and Water Infrastructure

Explore water planning and management at the street and neighborhood scale and see how it integrates with other planning. Learn how water planning works with natural systems and preserves quality and reduces cost.
CM | 1.25

Vicki Elmer, moderator, University of Oregon
Jeff Loux, Director, Land Use and Natural Resource Program, University of California, Davis
Rosey A. Jencks, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
TBD, Seattle PUC
Valerie I. Nelson, Water Alliance
Juli Beth Hinds, AICP, Tetra Tech, and Chair of APA's Environment Energy & Natural Resources Division

The City of the Future and Water

Water is critical to the well being of cities. Questions are put the panel on a vision for the future. The panelists also identify areas that were not addressed in the short course and outline how these topics should be addressed in terms of planning.
CM | 1.25

Jim Holway, AICP
Vicki Elmer
Betsy Otto
Anthony D. Tarlock III
Lawrence A. Baker
Paul R. Brown, AICP
Rosey A. Jencks,

Speaker Bios

James Holway is director of the joint venture between the Sonoran Institute and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. Based at the Sonoran Institute, he works to fully leverage the research and public policy strengths of the Lincoln Institute with the on-the-ground and stakeholder engagement strengths of the Sonoran Institute. Prior to joining the Sonoran Institute in 2009, Holway directed the Sustainability Partnership at Arizona State University and was the ASU coordinator for the Arizona Water Institute. He has also served as assistant director of the Arizona Department of Water Resources, where he oversaw the state's Active Management Area, conservation, assured water supply, recharge, well permitting, and groundwater and surface water rights programs.

Lawrence A. Baker
Click on Lawrence Baker's name to view his bio.

Betsy Otto
Click on Betsy Otto's name to view her bio.

A. Dan Tarlock
Click on Dan Tarlock's name to view his bio.

Julie Beth Hinds
Click on Julie Beth Hinds's name to view her bio.

Valerie I. Nelson
Click on Valerie Nelson's name to view her bio.

Rosey A. Jencks works at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) as a watershed and stormwater planner and is developing SFPUC polices for implementing low impact designs for stormwater throughout the city. She was a co-founder of the San Francisco Green Schoolyard Alliance and is committed to urban greening in all her work. In 2005, Rosey received UC Berkeley's Geraldine Knight Scott Award, which allowed her to complete a seven-county tour looking at examples of multi-purpose stormwater management

Vicki Elmer is an Adjunct Faculty member of the Planning Department as well as the Director of the Oregon Leadership in Sustainability graduate program at the University of Oregon. Before that she was on the faculty of the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of California at Berkeley for 10 years. Elmer was a City Manager in Eugene, Oregon, as well as the Planning Director and the Public Works Director for the City of Berkeley. She also served as the director of research at the Department of Housing and Urban Development in San Francisco. Her current research interests include the institutional and land use implications of an integrated urban water management approach to infrastructure.

Paul R. Brown, AICP, is an Executive Vice President and member of CDM's executive leadership team. He also serves on the firm's Board of Directors. In addition, he serves as the Technical Director of CDM's Neysadurai Centre for Integrated Water Resources and Urban Planning in Singapore. Brown has over 35 years of experience in project development, project finance, and the planning and management of public utilities and environmental facilities for clients that include the states of California and Colorado and the cities of Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, and Seattle.

Jeff C. Moeller is a Senior Program Director at the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) near Washington, D.C., where he has worked since 1997. WERF is a nonprofit research foundation dedicated to advancing water quality science and knowledge. Moeller directs WERF's research programs in Stormwater, Decentralized Systems, and Next Generation Water Management. Research topics range from green infrastructure to graywater reuse to integrated water management. Moeller has over 15 years of experience in water resource engineering, and previously worked as a consulting engineer designing water, stormwater, and wastewater systems. He has worked on water projects in the mid-Atlantic and Southeastern U.S., as well as internationally funded projects in Central America.

Jeff Loux is the Chair of Science, Agriculture, and Natural Resources and Director of Land Use and Natural Resources at the UC Davis Extension, as well as adjunct faculty with Environmental Design at UC Davis. Loux has 20 years of experience in the public, private, and academic sectors in land use and environmental planning, water resource management, facilitation/mediation and administration. He is currently responsible for over 140 short courses, conferences, and training opportunities each year in public participation and dispute resolution, urban planning, natural resource management and related fields, serving over 4,000 people per year. Loux also teaches courses in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Science and Policy at UC Davis, and conducts research in environmental planning and water policy.