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Integrated Water and Land Use Planning Workshop 2020 Application

Colorado Growing Water Smart: Integrated Water and Land Use Planning Workshop

Application Deadline: February 14, 2020

Workshop Dates:

May 6-8. 2020
Beaver Run Resort, Breckenridge, CO

Sonoran Institute facilitates a team of people making water and land use decisions in your community to collaborate on long-term water security. They share a range of public engagement, planning, communication and policy implementation tools to ensure your team can realize its water efficiency, watershed health and community resilience goals. Most costs of attending the workshop are covered.

Participants in the Growing Water Smart program gain:

  • Foresight. A better understanding of how land use and climatic trends impact water supply and demand at the state and local level.
  • Adaptability. The strategies and tools to integrate water and land use planning to better adapt to change and uncertainty.
  • Commitment. Decision makers from multiple disciplines, departments, agencies and organizations commit to common goals.
  • Clarity. The ability to communicate why your goals are needed and gain the support you need to succeed.
  • A path forward. An action plan tailored to your community’s needs.

The Growing Water Smart Workshop provides time and space for the exchange of best practices, case studies, and lessons learned. Participating teams will spend much of their time defining their water resilience goals and a path to attain them.

Day 1 Become familiar with the context for linking water and land use, and begin collaborative thinking.

Day 2 Learn the strategic planning framework for Growing Water Smart to ensure that the water needs of Colorado’s communities, tribes, agriculture, and the environment are all met.

Day 3 Develop an action plan for your community and set a date to reconvene your team. Participating communities will be eligible for technical assistance to help you realize your water and land use goals.

The workshop typically begins mid-afternoon on the first day and ends mid-afternoon on the third day. Participation by your entire team is expected and appreciated throughout the entire workshop.

Who Can Apply

Interdisciplinary teams from counties and municipalities across Colorado are welcomed to apply this round.

This workshop is designed to build a collaborative team committed to taking local action. Applicants are encouraged
to build a team of 5 to 7 that includes a diversity of knowledge, skills, and perspectives needed to secure your community’s water future such as:

  • Elected and appointed officials
  • Long range and land use planners
  • Water utility and water resource managers
  • Economic Development departments
  • Sustainability and Resilience Officers
  • Parks and Public Works staff
  • Regional planning organizations
  • Local non-profits and NGO’s
  • Consultants on your current water and land use efforts

Competitive applications will propose interdisciplinary teams capable of crafting and implementing effective action plans. Include senior and elected/appointed leaders and staff tasked with managing water and land resources to ensure  community sustainability and resilience. If this is a multi-jurisdictional proposal, representatives from each community should be on the team and in a common pursuit.

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