Equitable Integration of Water and Land Use

Fellow conducts a “situation analysis” of the current status of water and land use integration across the state to identify opportunities to better integrate water management and land use planning at the local, regional, and statewide scales. This may include: A comprehensive literature review Desktop analysis of relevant planning documents Interviews with experts from the…

Stormflow Planning and Infrastructure

Fellow assists agency in updating their stormwater and wastewater treatment facilities to prepare for more extreme storms and potential flooding. This may include: Supporting the mapping and construction of a viable, resilient wastewater collection system Mapping the wastewater collection system with in-house ArcGIS tools Assisting with upgrade projects such as lift station overhaul, infiltration and…

Water-Energy Community Action Network Program Support

Fellow supports water system resiliency initiatives and education/outreach to implement a Water-Energy Community Action Network program. This may include: Training municipal employees on water-use efficiency practices Identifying opportunities for technology adoption and management practices to increase water-use efficiency, stabilize water demand, and improve water supply reliability Developing outreach materials and participating in community and stakeholder…

Water Loss Detection and GIS Infrastructure Plans

Fellow helps prepare water loss detection and water audit programs. This may include: Policy development Community program design and implementation Identification of funding for proposed projects Analysis of water use data, both indoor and outdoor, including landscape area measurement data and landscape installation information, which will be used to set water audit targets for the…

Water Use Efficiency Targets Analysis

Fellow helps establish new water efficiency targets and budgets, based on state regulations. This may include: Analyzing water use data (primarily outdoor water use, including landscape area measurement data and landscape installation information) to set water use targets Identifying methods to meet new targets in the future

Regional Ecosystem and Groundwater Management

Fellow helps establish an ‘Adopt a Creek’ program for habitat restoration and develop policies for a regional Groundwater Sustainability Agency. This may include: Ensuring maintenance of a naturalized creek or other body of water Developing and implementing a ‘Friends of the Creek’ community program Geo-referencing and mapping fish runs from aerial photos Supporting outreach and…

Disadvantaged Community Involvement in Integrated Regional Water Management

Fellow works on the Strength and Needs Assessment and Community Engagement and Education elements of the DCI Program to engage people in disadvantaged and underrepresented communities and include their voices in water management planning. This may include: Identifying community leaders and effective agency programs Building relationships between the agency and interested stakeholders Mobilizing a cohort…

Climate Action Plan Annual Report

Fellow creates a formal report synthesizing climate action metrics and implementation projects to showcase progress made on Climate Action Plan measures and goals. This may include: Researching and compiling information on climate action projects and programs in the agency Creating indicators and metrics for measuring climate action progress Developing resources for communicating progress to community…

Climate Action Dashboard

Fellow designs, or works with consultants to design, an online dashboard that monitors and communicates climate action progress. This may include: Creating metrics and compiling data to display on the dashboard Developing an accessible way to regularly update the dashboard Generating resources for communication about the dashboard to both community members and local government staff

Internal Integration of Climate Action and Public Health

Fellow supports integration of climate change and public health considerations into staff-level work and decision-making processes. This may include: Launching an intradepartmental working group to collaboratively identify goals and an action plan Providing technical assistance for implementation of the action plan created Training staff on the relationship between climate change and public health, and how climate…
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