Historically, planning for water resources and land use have been conducted separately. Yet, where and how we build impacts water demand and the quality of water that nourishes our ecosystems and replenishes our supplies. Growing populations, deepening water scarcity and longer, more severe droughts are part of our reality.
The North American West and the Colorado River are facing ongoing drought and decreased water supplies, while growing towns and cities increase demand. We know that this serious challenge can be collaboratively and effectively addressed.
“Cities and towns, farmers and ranchers, and industry and conservation organizations can all learn to work collaboratively to use land efficiently and conserve water as they plan for the future.”
“Cities and towns, farmers and ranchers, and industry and conservation organizations can all learn to work collaboratively to use land efficiently and conserve water as they plan for the future,” says Jeremy Stapleton, Sonoran Institute’s Director of Climate Resilience. “Historically, planning for water resources and planning for land use development have been conducted in silos–yet the two areas profoundly impact one another. Bringing them together can help ensure water resources meet the demands of both people and nature to simultaneously support healthy watersheds and prosperous communities across the Colorado River Basin.”
Milestones reached by our team in 2019-2020:
- More than 50% of Colorado residents live in a community assisted by our Growing Water Smart program
- Our workshops have launched to serve Arizona communities, reaching suburban, urban and rural communities. Some of the fastest growing towns in America are learning to Grow Water Smart!
More information about recent and upcoming workshops and application materials:
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.