Water and Growth: Planning As If Water Matters

The session will focus on three cases.

Colorado's Front Range:  The Keystone Policy Center Colorado is leading the Colorado Water and Growth Dialogue to integrate water and land use planning to reduce water demand.  Learn about a report on land use strategies to conserve water, scenarios in terms of total savings, and recommendations for policy changes.

The Great Lakes:  Legal protections ensure that water will stay in the Great Lakes basin. However, while urban centers in the area rely on lake water, their suburban edge may not. Hear about challenges and lessons learned from the Chicago area's attempt to plan for lake water and inland groundwater use in a coordinated fashion.

The Chesapeake Bay Watershed: Chesapeake Conservancy’s datasets and analysis tools identify where conservation actions will maximize ecosystem services and reduce pollutants entering tributary rivers of the Chesapeake Bay. Their advisory group is focused on protecting the Potomac River, the primary drinking water source for Washington, DC.  

You’ll learn about:

  • The actions you can take to significantly reduce water consumption before initial occupancy
  • What is known and unknown about the relationship between planning, water supply, and demand
  • How new technology, analysis tools and market-based techniques can protect and restore watersheds
  • Policies, regulations, and incentives to reduce water consumption