Integrated Water Resource Management holds promise as an approach to better manage the critical resource that is water, and it represents a paradigm shift in the management of water, both in terms of the physical systems that manage water and the institutional structures.
APA is actively engaging members to identify the needs and priorities of and provide resources to planners who are focused on water issues in their communities.
Here are water and planning events at the 2018 National Planning Conference that will provide an overview of planning and management practices; inter-organizational cooperation; state legislation related to water and land use management; recent (industry and academic) research efforts; and demonstrate actual procedures, facilities, and techniques pertaining to integrated water resources management.
Hear from the authors of a recently released PAS report on the topic about best practices and innovations in water and planning, and get advice about water and planning in your city or county.
Planners increasingly rely on place-based information from decision-support tools to better understand impacts of water-related events on communities. Learn from experts in the federal, NGO, and private sectors on using tools to address drought, coastal inundation, and water quality.
Got water? Need to guide growth and ensure resilient supply? States are passing innovative legislation, and local jurisdictions are acting to ensure their supplies are reliable and resilient. Learn about innovative approaches to integrating water and land-use planning.
Water and Planning Connect
Join APA in Kansas City, September 11–12, 2018, for Water and Planning Connect. The two-day event will focus on the relationships between land use planning and design and water resource management, including water supply, stormwater management, wastewater treatment, and the integrated "one water" approach.
Though there are interrelationship between water demand and land use, our knowledge about these relationships is limited. Learn about recent research that has begun to better define this relationship and challenge preconceived beliefs.
How can green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) shape recommendations and help planners implement a comprehensive plan? Learn how the planning process guides the location and design of GSI. The Philadelphia2035 plan and the city's "Green City, Clean Waters" program provide answers.
This deep-dive session uses the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's new Sea Grant interactive guide to solve specific and challenging technical, engineering, and "people" issues that often limit wider, more consistent use of green infrastructure techniques in private and public projects.
Join the Water and Planning Network on April 22 from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Hilton Riverside in the Norwich Room.
The Integrated Water Resource Management Knowledgebase Collection
APA recently launched a dedicated KnowledgeBase collection on Integrated Water Resource Management. This collection catalogs resources that provide background and policy guidance or demonstrate how local, regional, and state agencies are using plans, regulations, and programs to manage water resources in an integrated way.
Support for this collection was provided by a grant from the Pisces Foundation, which seeks ways to accelerate to a world where people and nature thrive together.
Water and Planning Network
APA’s Water and Planning Network on LinkedIn operates as 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 Network
Top image: Attendees at a National Planning Conference session. Photo by Joe Szurszewski.
About the Author
Gulafshan Ghori is a program development and research intern with APA.