Water and Planning Network


Over the last several years, APA's Water Working Group has been working to identify the needs and priorities of and provide resources to planners who are focused on water issues in their communities. As the Water Working Group sunsets in 2017, its members are forming an Interest Group — the Water and Planning Network.

The Water and Planning Network was officially launched at the 2017 National Planning Conference, where the work of the Water Working Group transitioned to the Water and Planning Network.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Water and Planning Network (WPN) is to provide a professional forum for the interdisciplinary exchange of ideas and planning methods and will operate as a communications and information sharing network to connect members to the best planning practices that reflect current research, science, policy and technology regarding the protection, management and use of water resources and utilities.

Water is essential to life and the natural environment. It should be a central organizing element in a healthy and sustainable built environment, making planning for water an inherently interdisciplinary activity. Planners play a key role in shaping the location and form of development and conservation of the natural environment, as well as a natural role as conveners across disciplines.

The WPN will:

  • Promote a deeper understanding among planners about water science and engineering, and the ways in which land use, land development, and urban design significantly affect the health and integrity of the water environment.
  • Provide opportunities for planners to improve core skills, toolsets, and methods in order to manage water more sustainably and more equitably.
  • Create better and more frequent connections and engagement between planners, design professionals, and water professionals by establishing new mechanisms for interdisciplinary interaction.
  • Advance planning methods and interactions that support an integrated approach to water management, known as "One Water" management.

To learn more about the Water Planning Network, please join our LinkedIn Group.

Water and Planning Network Sub-Committees

We are forming three member sub-committees to advance the goals of the WPN. These subcommittees will provide opportunities for members to engage more actively with the WPN and to shape activities, outreach, education, and content that help build connections between planners and water professionals and provide planners with opportunities to improve their skillsets related to water.

Water and Planning Network Steering Committee

The Steering Committee will serve as the Executive Committee for the Water and Planning Network. It will be responsible for guiding the general direction of the WPN. The Steering Committee will take a leadership role in defining activities that will help advance the goals of WPN and Steering Committee members will participate in the Education and Content Committees. The Steering Committee will be responsible for membership and outreach, including planning an annual get together of the WPN at the National Planning Conference.

Education Sub-Committee

The Education Committee will focus on identifying opportunities to provide guidance and make recommendations for water-related educational content. This will include APA platforms (National Planning Conference, Chapter Conferences, webinars) as well as identifying opportunities for collaborative content at conferences and events hosted by partner organizations. Members of the Education Committee will also be asked to play an active role in the planning of Water and Planning Connect, the water specialty conference planned for September 2018.

Content and Communications Sub-Committee

The Content Committee will focus on identifying areas where water-related content can be featured or highlighted. This will include existing APA channels, such as Planning magazine, PAS, regular blog posts, or an e-newsletter to WPN membership, as well as through partner organizations. The Content and Communications Committee will also actively engage in management of the Water and Planning Network's LinkedIn Group.

Email getinvolved@planning.org to join a sub-committee!