Meeting Water Needs: People and Environment
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Learn about Washington’s comprehensive water system planning model and how coordination with local growth management authorities improves drinking water plans and comprehensive plan implementation.
Understand how Florida implements measures to protect surface and groundwater resources in coordination with local governments and regional entities, their plans and utilities.
Identify the takeaways and “lessons learned” from water supply coordination efforts at various levels of government and between planners and utilities professionals.
See projects where agencies, local governments and non-profit advocacy groups combined resources to tackle stormwater management and water quality issues in Ohio.
The session provides framework and implementation details that pertain to the “One Water” concept. Throughout, the session demonstrates that increased collaboration and coordination between water planning and local government comprehensive planning achieves important goals.
This session will focus on the following water planning initiatives from three different states:
Washington State: Each drinking water system has a planning document that details their physical and legal capacity to deliver water. Water systems use the framework to determine their available supply. Local comprehensive planning establishes demand characteristics essential for establishing water system capital improvement and financial plans.
Florida: Florida’s water supply planning framework includes implementation at the state, regional and local level. Special attention will be paid to how regional efforts are incorporated into the guiding policies of local government comprehensive plans. Water supply planning efforts and minimum flow and level prevention and recovery strategies are highlighted as important resource management tools.
Ohio: Regional-, national-, and locally-driven initiatives are addressing water quality in the Lake Erie basin, with long-term and immediate consequences. In the face of these challenges, planners, agencies, and local governments forge project partnerships and seek to change common perceptions and practices found within a ‘water rich’ state.
Confirmed SpeakerBrian A. Sayrs is a Regional Planner with the State of Washington Office of Drinking Water, where he provides developmental technical assistance to federally regulated water systems to improve their technical, managerial, and financial capacity. Mr. Sayrs is a former locally elected official and served as a member of the board of directors for the Association of Washington Cities. He holds a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Eastern Washington University.
, The Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission
Confirmed SpeakerMelissa Dickens, AICP, is a Senior Planner with the Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission, focusing on water supply planning, capital improvements and infrastructure planning. She has prepared 10-Year Water Supply Facilities Work Plans for four local governments – City of Tampa, Hillsborough County, Temple Terrace and Plant City. Ms. Dickens has over ten years of public and private sector planning experience in the Tampa Bay area, with previous positions at the Southwest Florida Water Management District and Engelhardt, Hammer & Associates. She is a certified planner and has a Master’s in City and Regional Planning and a BA in Urban Studies, both from the University of Pennsylvania. She currently serves as the Chair of the Sun Coast Section.
, City of Mentor, Ohio
Confirmed SpeakerAbe Bruckman, AICP is an urban planner / practitioner with 17 years’ experience, currently serving as the grants coordinator for the City of Mentor, Ohio. Prior planning work in northeast Ohio include serving at the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission, the Coventry Village Special Improvement District in the city of Cleveland Heights, Planning Commission for the city of Bay Village, and work within community development corporations serving Cleveland neighborhoods. For more details, see: linkedin.com/in/abrahambruckman