Fortunately, the bright minds at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and the Sonoran Institute have joined together to help answer “yes” to that question through Growing Water Smart, an innovative workshop that aims to integrate land use and water planning at the community level. The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy improves quality of life through the effective use and stewardship of land, while the Sonoran Institute successfully forges conservation solutions in the face of rapid growth and change. Growing Water Smart was developed to bring together municipal staff, elected officials and key stakeholders to break down silos and empower communities to collaboratively work towards creating water resilience goals and the measures to meet them. Ultimately, a community’s team of five to seven individuals will leave the workshop with a detailed action plan and a commitment to take steps to ensure their community has a sustainable water future.
Northern Water is excited to partner with the Sonoran Institute to offer a Growing Water Smart workshop to six teams of staff and elected officials from communities within our district boundaries on May 8-10. After the workshop, these six teams will join the ranks of seven other Northern Water allottees to have completed Growing Water Smart including Berthoud, Erie, Greeley, Evans, Platteville, Longmont, water districts, counties and others. This video from past participants shows the value they found working together. Find the application details here and apply by March 1 for this no-cost workshop and follow-up support.