Historically, planning for water resources and land use have been conducted separately. Yet, where and how we build impacts water demand and the quality of water that nourishes our ecosystems and replenishes our supplies. Growing populations, deepening water scarcity and longer, more severe droughts are part of our reality. Collaboration within and among local governments is key to reducing potential shortages, managing costs and ensuring healthy and resilient communities and watersheds.
While the Colorado River Basin states negotiate solutions to projected basin-wide shortage, local jurisdictions must prepare for their own uncertainties concerning water, growth and community resilience.
Growing Water Smart (GWS), a joint-program of the Sonoran Institute and Lincoln Institute of Land Policy’s Babbitt Center, is addressing a critical need by training and assisting communities to use land and water most efficiently as they grow and redevelop so people, nature and industry can thrive.