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APA Utah Fall Conference Speaker

Joanna Endter-Wada

Professor & WaterMAPS Program Director, Utah State University TBD, selected GWS Community Team participant for November workshop
Utah State University

Dr. Endter-Wada is a Professor of Natural Resource Policy and Social Science and Director of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Graduate Certificate Program. Her research focuses on conceptualizing and analyzing linkages between humans and biophysical aspects of ecosystems with emphasis on water, public land, forest resources, fisheries and urban landscapes. She is currently conducting research on urban landscape water use and conservation, human dimensions of drought and climate change, and wetland management. During her professional career, Dr. Endter-Wada has been involved in many interdisciplinary academic programs and research projects and served at state and federal levels in policy-related appointments.

Session(s):

Utah Growing Water Smart »

2022 Fall Conference, September 9, 2022 2:30 pm

Water resource management and land use planning have historically been carried out separately. Yet, where and how we build has implications for our water resources: development drives water use and can impact our water quality and availability. As Utah navigates significant drought impacts, it is essential for local jurisdictions to fundamentally rethink the relationship between development and water supply, and to assume new leadership roles. In this session, we will share how the Utah Division of Water Resources’ new Growing Water Smart Workshops can support land use planners, elected officials, and water resource managers to create water smart communities by implementing strategies that address local and regional water challenges. We’ll also hear from two community case studies at different stages of their water and land use integration journey to learn more about why they’re prioritizing integrated planning, what strategies they’re using, and their results thus far. Attendees will gain a clearer understanding of integrated water and land use planning, how to implement new state regulations (e.g., SB 110), and the resources available to support them in growing water smart.

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