Tell Us How You Use Water-Related Tools in Your Work

The American Planning Association is working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s Office for Coastal Management through the NOAA Water Initiative to conduct a needs assessment of water-related decision support tools (DSTs) used by planners. This work will result in the development of a water-related DST that will specifically address the needs of planners and allied professionals in water related work.

You can provide your input through this survey.

Water Workshop

In late September, APA and NOAA convened a workshop to:

  • identify key issues addressed by water DSTs and where the gaps exist
  • identify water related DSTs that are actively used and those that are not used and why
  • address how water DSTs can be improved

Workshop attendees included representatives of APA's chapters, divisions, and Water and Planning Network; Digital Coast Partners; and representatives of federal agencies.

The workshop kicked off with an overview of APA’s water-related activities and NOAA’s Water Initiative. In a group discussion, attendees identified a wide range of issues from very broad (e.g., community resilience) to very specific (e.g., residential plumbing connections).

Several thematic areas emerged from the discussion: water quality and quantity concerns, associated land use impacts, infrastructure, triple-bottom line analysis, and interaction between types of water data.

Attendees also discussed tools that they use in their work, such as Sea Level Rise Viewer, FEMA Floodplain Maps, National Storm Surge Hazard Maps, WikiWatershed, CommunityViz, Climate-Smart Cities Decision Support Tool, and National Stormwater Calculator.

Participate Through the Survey

With the report based on the workshop and survey, NOAA will develop a tool to support planners and allied professionals in their water-related work. The input of dedicated members of the planning community is desired. Tell us about the water-related DSTs that you use by participating in this multiple-choice survey.

Through this survey you can contribute in the development of the new water related decision support tool. We expect the survey to take no more than 10–15 minutes of your time. Please provide your responses by Monday, November 27, 2017.

Join the Water and Planning Network

You can also join APA’s Water and Planning Network on LinkedIn to receive regular updates on water planning research and technology. The WPN ensures that the members receive guidance, support, and access to practical and educational opportunities.

This network operates as a communications and information-sharing network to connect members to the best planning practices that reflect current research, science, policy, and technology regarding the protection, management, and use of water resources and utilities.

Join the APA Water and Planning Network on LinkedIn today!

Top image: Water photo from Pixabay (CC0 1.0).

About the Author
Gulafshan Ghori is a program development and research intern with APA.

November 10, 2017

By Gulafshan Ghori