Planning for Water


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What You'll Learn

  • How to use the "One Water" approach to achieving sustainable water
  • Best practices for water and planning and how they might apply to your city
  • How to identify financing techniques for water conservation and or stormwater

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Urban water services have traditionally been provided by water engineers with little involvement from planners. However, the challenges of climate change, population growth, and problems with the industrial-era water infrastructure in the United States are making planners an important player in crafting new solutions. Water professionals are beginning to recognize that sustainable water innovations require changes in the way cities are designed, buildings configured, and streets and open spaces constructed. Therefore, today planners must be prepared to work more often and more closely with professionals in the local water supply, wastewater and stormwater fields.

Explore the integrated approach to planning and water-resource management known as "One Water" which has been adopted as a key APA policy for water. Speakers describe the challenges for water today and the "One Water" concept before turning to best practices for planners for integrating water into key intervention points, financing water projects, and engaging with water professionals.