Innovations in Managing Western Water: New Approaches for Balancing Environmental, Social and Economic Outcomes (Martz Summer Conference, June 11-12)
VIDEO: Opening Remarks and Session 1, Part 1: The Rise of State Water Planning
Martz Summer Conference (7th: 2015: Boulder, Colo.)
8:30 a.m.- 8:45 a.m. Welcoming Remarks: Doug Kenney, Getches-Wilkinson Center
SESSION ONE: The Rise of Statewide Water Planning
8:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Experiences and Lessons from Some of the Most Extensive Efforts
Moderator: Britt Banks, Getches-Wilkinson Center
California: Ellen Hanak, Public Policy Institute of California
Texas: Ron Kaiser, Texas A&M University
Arizona: Kathy Jacobs, University of Arizona
Doug Kenney, Britt Banks
Hanak, Ellen; Kaiser, Ron; and Jacobs, Kathy, "VIDEO: Opening Remarks and Session 1, Part 1: The Rise of State Water Planning" (2015). Innovations in Managing Western Water: New Approaches for Balancing Environmental, Social and Economic Outcomes (Martz Summer Conference, June 11-12).
The Rise of State Water Planning
Many aspects of western water allocation and management are the product of independent and uncoordinated actions, several occurring a century or more ago. However, in this modern era of water scarcity, it is increasingly acknowledged that more coordinated and deliberate decision-making is necessary for effectively balancing environmental, social, and economic objectives. In recent years, a variety of forums, processes, and tools have emerged to better manage the connections between regions, sectors, and publics linked by shared water systems. In this event, we explore the cutting edge efforts, the latest points of contention, and the opportunities for further progress.
Session 1: The Rise of State Water Planning. Water planning at scales larger than individual water systems is obviously not a new idea; in fact, 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the Water Resources Planning Act. But in the West, the word “plan” remains a 4-letter word to many supporters of the laissez-faire traditions in water management, so while some states have a long history of planning, others—notably Colorado—are taking their first steps.