Arizona Growing Water Smart Request for Applications

Updated October 2023


Growing Water Smart: Integrated Water and Land Use Planning Workshop

Location: Phoenix, AZ
Date: January 22-24, 2024
Eligibility: Arizona counties and municipalities
Costs: The workshop is free. Participants cover their own travel. Some meals & lodging are provided.
Deadline: We have extended our application deadline and are accepting AZ Growing Water Smart applications through Friday, October 20th at 5pm.

Please contact us at if you plan to apply so that we may support you.

The impacts of a hotter and drier climate in the west have created significant uncertainty about water availability in the coming decades. Falling levels in Lake Powell and Lake Mead and groundwater overuse present challenges to balancing water needs with available water supplies. This requires local governments to reevaluate water issues and to assume new leadership roles.

City and town officials, water providers and planners can increase sustainability and create water smart communities even as populations grow. The right tools, knowledge and plans make a big difference.

The Growing Water Smart program provides training and assistance on a full range of communications, public engagement, planning, and policy implementation tools to realize their watershed health and community resiliency goals.

Through Growing Water Smart, Arizona communities can learn how they can integrate land use and water planning.

Participants in this program will gain:

  • Insight. A better understanding of how land use and climatic trends impact water supply and demand at local, state, and basin levels.
  • Flexibility. The strategies and tools to integrate water and land use planning to better adapt to change and uncertainty.
  • Engagement. Decision makers from multiple disciplines, departments, agencies, and organizations commit to common goals around water.
  • Clarity. Clear and concise language to communicate critical community goals around water to gain community and decision maker support.
  • Collaboration. Regional professional relationships with peers.
  • A path forward. An action plan tailored to your community’s needs.

Download the PDF and follow the instructions to apply.