Land Use and Water: New Tools for Collaborating with Water Managers (Chapter President Session)
Monday, September 25, 2017
1:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. PDT
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Water has always been critical to California's growth and development. The state's nearly $50 billion agricultural economy - still a primary land use driver in places like the Central Valley - depends on plentiful water for irrigation. Likewise, urban areas rely extensively on imported surface water and local groundwater supplies, often competing with agricultural uses. But all of this is changing. Not only are portions of the state still experiencing extreme drought, but multiple challenges loom heavy on the horizon. Endangered species, overdrafted groundwater basins, dramatic land subsidence, salt water intrusion, climate change impacts on the Sierra snowpack, and problems in the delta have all forced Californians to confront a new and uncertain water future. One fundamental change is the 2014 passage of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), the state's first groundwater management law. Land use planners and water managers are now ?in this together? and both need new tools to meet new challenges. This session will equip planners with an understanding of how water managers approach their work, the key tools they use, land use practices for managing and protecting groundwater and how planners can forge productive and collaborative relationships with their counterparts in the world of water management.
Tara Moran, Ph.D.
Iris Priestaf, Ph.D.
Pete Parkinson, AICP
Hanson Hom, email@example.com