Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Event Date



Martz Summer Conference (7th: 2015: Boulder, Colo.)


Presenter: Kathy Jacobs, Director, Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions (CCASS), Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science, University of Arizona

25 slides


Britt Banks


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.

Alternate Title

The Rise of State Water Planning