One Water Planning: New Directions for APA
APA has affirmed as an organizational priority that water – the earth’s most essential and ubiquitous resource – is a central element of the built and natural environment that requires focused attention by planners. As systems thinkers, cross-sectoral collaborators, and change agents within local governments, planners are uniquely positioned to advance the sustainable management of water resources. APA’s commitment to help planners manage water resources more sustainably requires new tools, new means of networking and knowledge transfer, and expanded resources.
Building on the foundation laid by the Water Working Group (WWG), APA is creating a Water and Planning Program and Network that consists of the following components, to be described in the session:
- Water and Planning Network: APA is developing an interdisciplinary interactive forum for sharing knowledge, best practices, and resources.
- Water and Planning Knowledgebase: APA is developing a comprehensive, searchable, and interactive database of resources and best practices on water and planning.
- Water and Planning Education: APA is developing educational content around water and planning topics, to be incorporated into APA’s existing education programs.
- Water and Planning Policy: The above work will proceed under APA’s Water Policy Guide (ratified by its Board of Directors in 2016), which focuses on a One Water approach and strategy for water resource management.
Daniel Van Abs
, Rutgers University
Confirmed SpeakerDan Van Abs is an Associate Professor of Practice for Water, Society & Environment at Rutgers University, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. Previously, he was Senior Director for Planning & Science with the Highlands Water Protection and Planning Council (NJ), where he managed staff efforts regarding implementation of the Highlands Regional Master Plan. He also has served as Director of Watershed Protection, NJ Water Supply Authority for over eight years; with the NJ Department of Environmental Protection for 12 years, six as manager for statewide water resources planning; and as Technical Director of the Passaic River Coalition for four years. He holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science from SUNY-College of Environmental Science and Forestry. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, and former Chair of the New Jersey Clean Water Council. Dan is co-editor with Karen O’Neill of a new Rutgers University Press book (June 2016) Taking Chances: The Coast After Sandy.
, Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC)
Confirmed SpeakerMs. Gallet is a water resource strategist and urban planner with over fourteen years of project and business management experience. Her work involves researching and implementing creative and viable strategies that address issues related to water resource planning, management, financing and infrastructure. Danielle is a Manager for the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) where she oversees the agencies stormwater and water supply programs, which includes facilitating the Calumet Stormwater Collaborative and the Northwest Water Planning Alliance. Particular topics of expertise include infrastructure and water loss control issues, adoption of integrated water resource planning (One Water), valuing the economic benefits of green infrastructure practices for urban stormwater management and bridging the urban planning and water service industries together. Previous to her work in water services and planning Danielle worked in the private equity field for seven years, which provides her with a unique perspective on the relationship between financial markets, the built environment and natural resource management. Danielle is a member of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) where she sits on AWWA’s national Water Loss Control Committee, and serves as Chair of the Water Efficiency Committee for the Illinois Section. She is also a member of the American Planning Association (APA) and sits on its national Water Working Group. Danielle has a Bachelors Degree in Business Management and a Masters Degree in Urban Planning and Policy.
, American Planning Association
Confirmed SpeakerAnna Read, AICP, joined APA in 2014 as a Senior Program Development and Research Associate. She conducts applied research within the National Centers for Planning and works on educational programs for practicing planners. She also oversees aspects of professional development pertaining to AICP review. Prior to joining APA, she worked on regional broadband planning efforts for the state of Missouri and as a project manager for the International City/County Management Association's Center for Sustainable Communities, where her work focused on smart growth and rural communities. She has a Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University.
, East Brunswick
Confirmed SpeakerBill Cesanek, AICP is a Vice President for urban and infrastructure planning at CDM Smith, a global environmental and infrastructure consultancy. With more than 30 years of experience fostering interdisciplinary approaches to urban, regional, and infrastructure planning, his work includes sustainability planning, watershed and water resource management, environmental impact study, smart growth planning, disaster resilience analysis, and information technology. He has worked closely with major cities throughout the U.S.; currently supporting the City of Philadelphia's "Clean City Green Waters" program. Bill has Bachelor and Master of City and Regional Planning degrees from Rutgers University, where he also teaches sustainable infrastructure planning in its Graduate School of Urban Planning & Policy. Bill is Chair of APA's Water Working Group, helping to identify improved practice, policy, and tools at the intersection of water and planning.