Meeting Water Needs: People and Environment


  • Washington’s comprehensive water system planning model and how coordination with local growth management authorities improves drinking water plans and comprehensive plan implementation<
  • How Florida implements measures to protect surface and groundwater resources in coordination with local governments and regional entities, their plans and utilities
  • Identifying the takeaways and “lessons learned” from water supply coordination efforts at various levels of government and between planners and utilities professionals


The course provides framework and implementation details that pertain to the “One Water” concept. Throughout, the course demonstrates that increased collaboration and coordination between water planning and local government comprehensive planning achieves important goals.

This course will focus on the following water planning initiatives from three different states:

Washington State: Each drinking water system has a planning document that details their physical and legal capacity to deliver water. Water systems use the framework to determine their available supply. Local comprehensive planning establishes demand characteristics essential for establishing water system capital improvement and financial plans.

Florida: Florida’s water supply planning framework includes implementation at the state, regional and local level. Special attention will be paid to how regional efforts are incorporated into the guiding policies of local government comprehensive plans. Water supply planning efforts and minimum flow and level prevention and recovery strategies are highlighted as important resource management tools.

Ohio: Regional-, national-, and locally-driven initiatives are addressing water quality in the Lake Erie basin, with long-term and immediate consequences. In the face of these challenges, planners, agencies, and local governments forge project partnerships and seek to change common perceptions and practices found within a ‘water rich’ state.