Advancing Water Smart Development & Landscaping with Cross-Sector Collaboration
September 2, 2021
Western states face the possibility of significant water supply shortfalls within the next few decades, even with aggressive conservation and new water projects. Climate change and population increases only makes this matter more urgent. In addition, response to the COVID-19 crisis has accelerated suburban, single-family housing development, which tends to be less water efficient than dense development. Our legal and environmental constraints open a gap between projected supply and demand in each basin. Providing private sector developers and land use professionals with the tools, resources, and support to implement water smart development and landscaping will improve our region’s ability to thrive over time despite projected water shortages, population increases, and climate change.
This panel discusses how best to bridge the gap between the public and private sectors to advance best practices in water smart development and support policies that protect our region’s water future.