Growing Water Smart in the Headwaters

April 24, 2019 - April 26, 2019
Keystone, CO

Integrated Water and Land Use Planning Workshop

This Growing Water Smart workshop for Colorado Communities in the Water Quality/Quantity Committee helps bridge the gap between water management and land use planning to build a more resilient future. This is especially important for Colorado as its population continues to rapidly grow.

Historically, planning for water resources and planning for land use development have been conducted separately. Yet land use decisions have profound impacts on the quantity of water people and buildings consume and the quantity and quality of the water that enters our ecosystems and replenishes our supplies. Going forward, communities will need to be more deliberate in integrating decisions about how and where they build with decisions about how much water development uses and how to best steward our resources.

The Sonoran Institute and Babbitt Center for Land and Water Policy’s Growing Water Smart program introduces communities to the full range of communications, public engagement, planning, and policy implementation tools to realize their watershed health and community resiliency goals.

Day 1 focuses on setting the context for why linking water and land use matters.

Day 2 introduces a strategic planning framework for leading your community through a process to become more water smart, followed by a deep exploration of the nexus between water supply, demand and land use.

Day 3 prepares your team to return ready to build the political will to become a water smart community.

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