Collaborating on water and planning: A perspective for planners

Vicki Elmer, Carol Howe, Philip Stoker, Gary Pivo

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In 2015, APA released a recommendations report from its Water Task Force, which called for more involvement between planners and water utilities. This Memo addresses how to collaborate with water utilities to make those sustainable practices a reality. Collaboration is based on the concept that problems need to be managed holistically across a range of physical, political, and socioeconomic boundaries. Collaboration with water agencies is now more critical than ever to be able to address the challenges of climate change that have produced both water shortages and serious floods. These challenges are exacerbated by population growth, aging water infrastructure, and water quality issues throughout the entire system. Planners have opportunities to play integral roles in transforming the water system to one that is sustainable, resilient, and equitable by collaborating with local water agencies in all aspects of the planning process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalPlanning Advisory Service Memo
Issue numberMAY-JUN
StatePublished - May 1 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development


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