Catawba Wateree Water management Group Source Water Protection Task Force - RTI International land/water model training
Wednesday, June 19, 2019, 10 a.m.
Monday, July 29, 2019, 3 p.m. EDT
Morganton, NC, United States
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The program will provide an introduction and training for planners in using a modeling tool developed by RTI International for the Catawba-Wateree Watershed. The Catawba-Wateree watershed faces many pressing water resource management challenges including supply needs of 18 drinking water utilities to meet long-term and often competing water demands from a growing population under changing climate conditions, and to protect water quality and quantity in the rivers, streams, and reservoirs from the effects of growth and development. Changes in land use and land cover associated with population growth reduce reliability of baseflow, increase sediment load, and increase evapotranspiration. Climate change is expected to further exacerbate the impacts of land use change. In combination, land use and climate change could generate a steadily growing imbalance between water demand and available supply within the watershed. The tool will help planners assess these impacts and build resilience into planning efforts.
The training will begin with a description and maps showing land areas that will yield the most benefit if protected by acquisition, easement, best practices or zoning. Planners will learn to overlay the model data with local planning and zoning maps including areas proposed for conservation, economic development, recreation, public space, agriculture or other immediate and long term objectives. This allows planners to calculate the effects of these uses on water quality and quantity. Planners will leave with knowledge of the RTI study and how to apply its most practical outputs to both policy and planning decisions.
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