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APA Utah Fall Conference Speaker

John Berggren

Water Policy Analyst
Western Resource Advocates

John Berggren is a Water Policy Analyst for Western Resource Advocates, where he works to advance water conservation and efficiency policies at the regional, state, and local levels by engaging with municipalities, water managers, state officials, and other stakeholders throughout the region. Much of this work is at the intersection of water and land use planning with the hopes of helping communities become as water efficient as possible. John serves on the City of Boulder’s Water Resources Advisory Board, is a member of the Colorado Water and Land Use Planning Alliance, and is certified as a Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper (QWEL). He has a PhD in Environmental Studies and Water Policy from the University of Colorado at Boulder, a MHS degree in Environmental Health Sciences from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a BA in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University.


Water Conservation: 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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