Today, planning for water is undergoing a rapid change.
Issues like population growth, the harmful effects of severe weather, aging infrastructure, and the continuing influence of the environmental movement weigh heavily on the minds of planners, engineers, and others tasked with the job of solving some our nation’s most daunting water-related challenges.
APA has long been an advocate for policies that aim to improve water quality and quantity; protect the natural environment; and encourage better coordination between federal, state, and local government.
Check out our list of resources available widely to members to help make the shift to an Integrated Water Resource Management — or One Water — approach easier:
Managing and planning for water is a key theme throughout the 2017 National Planning Conference’s From Climate Change to Resiliency conference track. Whether you want to explore a close-up view of the devastating effects of Superstorm Sandy or hear how New York City metro area communities are implementing innovative strategies to mitigate flooding, we’ve got something for you.
Making its official debut at NPC17, the Water and Planning Network (WPN) is APA’s newest Interest Group. Building off of the momentum of the Water Working Group, WPN — a professional forum for connecting members and sharing best practices in research, science, policy and technology — will help planners better understand the science of water; improve skills for managing water; connect planners with design and water professionals; and advance planning methods that support the One Water approach.
Last year, APA’s Board of Directors ratified updates to the water policy guide — the association’s official position on water related issues. A product of the Water Working Group and the Legislative and Policy Committee, the guide outlines what actions APA will take to advance good water planning.
In Congress now is legislation that directs the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to collect, consolidate, and disseminate coastal data, which would help planners in coastal regions use resources more efficiently and effectively.
Take two minutes to ask your legislators to support the Digital Coast Act.
Every spring, APA joins with water sector organizations across the country to elevate water as a national priority. Water Week 2017 — March 19–25 — offers an important opportunity for planners to join with regional partners to highlight the value of collaboration in advancing good water policy.
Watch www.planning.org next week for news from our research team and more tips, and tools for best practices in water planning.
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About the Author
Emily Pasi is APA's outreach and communications manager.