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APA Utah Fall Conference Speaker

Chelsea Benjamin

Policy Advisor, Healthy Rivers
Western Resource Advocates

Chelsea Benjamin is a Policy Advisor at Western Resource Advocates. In her role, she focuses on research and technical assistance efforts that support municipal water conservation and land use and water planning integration efforts in Colorado and Utah. Chelsea is part of the team that has brought the Growing Water Smart workshops and technical assistance program to Utah since 2022. Prior to joining Western Resource Advocates, she received a master’s degree in Environmental Policy at CU Boulder.


Flowing Towards Savings: Harnessing Landscape Water Efficiency for Homes and Communities »

2024 Spring Conference, May 9, 2024 10:40 am

As Utah experiences increasing strain on our water resources from climate change and growth, water wise landscapes - or Localscapes - have become a hot topic. Water wise landscapes reduce the amount of water a landscape needs by 50% or more, beautify our communities, create pollinator habitat, and help us better integrate water and land use planning. In recent years, Utah has made important progress towards water wise landscape transformation by scaling-up turf replacement incentives and by adopting local water efficient landscaping codes for new development and redevelopment. In this session, speakers will share funding opportunities, design resources, lessons learned, barriers, and other best practices for cities, counties and water providers interested in advancing water wise landscaping in their own communities. .

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