Land Use and Water: New Tools for Collaborating with Water Managers (Chapter President Session)

APA California Chapter


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.


Pete Parkinson, AICP

Pete Parkinson is an independent planning consultant and President of the California Chapter of the American Planning Association. He served as planning director for the County of Sonoma until his retirement in 2013. Mr. Parkinson has worked as a professional planner and manager for over 30 years. Mr. Parkinson has ... Read More

Jay Jasperse

Mr. Jasperse is the Chief Engineer and Director of Groundwater Management for the Sonoma County Water Agency. Mr. Jasperse received a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from the University of California at Davis and a Master?s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. He ... Read More

Sandi Potter

Sandi Potter oversees comprehensive planning, environmental review and sustainable groundwater management at Permit Sonoma. She has over 25 years of experience in environmental planning, focusing on land use regulation, water resource management, climate adaptation and hazard mitigation. Prior to joining the County she developed water quality improvement plans for the ... Read More

Iris Priestaf, Ph.D.

Dr. Priestaf is President of Todd Groundwater, a consulting firm dedicated to groundwater planning, development, management, and protection. She specializes in groundwater management, having prepared numerous management plans in accordance with previous legislation and currently is assisting several local agencies with requirements of the 2014 Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. Read More

Tara Moran, Ph.D.

As Program Lead for Stanford's Water in the West Sustainable Groundwater program, Tara's research interests focus on the technical and governance components of sustainable water management. Tara holds a first-class honors B.Sc. in Environmental Science and a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Calgary, Canada. Read More

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