Growing Water Smart: Arizona

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Growing Water Smart: Integrated Water and Land Use Planning Workshop

When: February 5–7, 2020
Where: Phoenix, AZ

Application Deadline: August 2, 2019

The impacts of a hotter and drier climate in Arizona have created significant uncertainty about water availability in the coming decades. Falling levels in the Colorado River reservoirs and groundwater overdraft conditions present challenges to balancing water needs with available water supplies requiring local jurisdictions to reevaluate water issues and to assume new leadership roles.

City and town officials, water providers and planners can increase sustainability and create water smart communities even as populations grow. The right tools, knowledge and plans make a big difference.

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.

Through Growing Water Smart, Arizona communities can learn how they can integrate land use and water planning.

Participants in this program will gain:

  • Foresight. A better understanding of how land use and climatic trends impact water supply and demand at the state and local level.
  • Adaptability. The strategies and tools to integrate water and land use planning to better adapt to change and uncertainty.
  • Commitment. Decision makers from multiple disciplines, departments, agencies and organizations commit to common goals.
  • Clarity. The ability to communicate why your goals are needed and gain the support you need to succeed.
  • A path forward. An action plan tailored to your community’s needs.

Download the PDF and follow instructions to apply.


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