San Luis Valley Growing Water Smart

The Land and Water Challenge in the San Luis Valley The Rio Grande Basin faces significant water challenges, including diminishing water supplies, overuse of groundwater, and the threat of water exportation. While much… MORE ›

Webinar: Tapping into Drought Resilience

Tapping into Drought Resilience for Colorado River Basin Water Leaders June 29, 2021 | 9:00am – 10:30 (AZ) / 10:00am-12:30pm (CO) Special Workshop for AZ and CO Growing Water Smart Alumni Webinar Recording… MORE ›

Metrics Pilot Program – Informational Webinar

Communities in Colorado committed to integrated water and land use initiatives can apply. Selected applicants will receive 12-months of assistance in selecting and implementing metrics, data analysis, and selecting strategies to reach their… MORE ›

Metrics Pilot Program Application

Application Period is Closed The Sonoran Institute is seeking communities in Colorado that are interested in selecting, calculating, and applying metrics to track the extent and impact of integrating water-saving actions into land… MORE ›

Webinar: Progress by the Numbers

Does your community include water-saving strategies in your land use plans and policies? Join us to learn about a standard set of metrics that communities can use to track the progress towards and… MORE ›

Webinar: Growing Water Smart Introduction

Sonoran Institute offers an introduction to the Growing Water Smart (GWS) program, tools for integrating land use and water, successful case studies and reflection from past participants and what’s in their action plans… MORE ›

California Growing Water Smart Guidebook

Tailored for California, this guide lays a foundation for how leaders can integrate water and land use planning, mitigate water demand and address issues of uncertainty and community resilience. (Updated November 2020)  

Growing Water Smart: Metrics Guide

Measure the progress you’re making in integrating water and land use planning and the Impacts of those actions so you can make data-informed decisions on how to intentionally adapt. This guidebook recommends common… MORE ›

Arizona Growing Water Smart Guidebook

Updated March 2022 Tailored for Arizona, the Growing Water Smart Water-Land Use Guidebook lays a foundation for how leaders can integrate water and land use planning, mitigate water demand, and address issues of… MORE ›


Stu Feinglas, Senior Water Resources Analyst at the City of Westminster, will share steps taken towards increasing Westminster’s water resilience. Kevin Reidy, Water Conservation Technical Specialist at the Colorado Water Conservation Board, and… MORE ›

Driving Forces of Change

How can we plan for a future we can’t predict? Through Exploratory Scenario Planning, Resilient Communities and Watersheds helps communities in the Intermountain West create long-term plans that are effective across a range… MORE ›

Resilient Communities Starter Kit
Resilient Communities Starter Kit

The Resilient Communities Starter Kit is a guide for communities who are ready to build resilience to the impacts of climate change but are looking for a place to begin. Tailored for communities… MORE ›

Planning for Climate Change in the West

The paper highlights how local planners could implement land use–related practices and policies to take action against climate change impacts in their communities. Building on that research, this report offers tools and case… MORE ›