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The SDAPA October 8 luncheon program is “Climate Change and its Consequences for Regional Water Planning in the San Diego Region”. The goal of the program is to present the findings and recommendations from the APA Regional and Intergovernmental Planning Division research report / policy handbook, Regional Water Planning for Climate Resilience  to decision makers, planners, field professionals, NGOs and the public to provide an understanding of the most recent research on this topic, spur action to address the issues, and be a tool for charting courses of action.

This report includes an overview of the San Diego Case Study, specifically focusing on the effects of climate change in San Diego on natural systems such as water resources, water quality, and sensitive habitats, as well as the public safety and health issues associated with natural hazards such as flooding and wildfires.

Mark Stadler, Program Manager for the San Diego Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) planning program, will provide a brief overview of the three main components of regional-scale water planning in the San Diego area: water resource planning, water quality planning, and habitat conservation planning.  He also would provide an overview of the San Diego IRWM planning program and explain how the 2019 IRWM Plan update has addressed climate change impacts on regional water availability, water quality, and sensitive habitats and its connection to planners.

Bob Leiter, FAICP will present a summary of the findings from the Fourth California Climate Change Assessment and the companion document, the San Diego Region Report, which were published in 2018.  These reports paint a grim picture of the region’s future in the coming decades, including significant effects on local and statewide water resources, as well as increased flooding (both coastal and riverine) and increased wildfire risk due to an extended fire season.

Cary Lowe, PhD, AICP, will continue with a discussion of the future effects of climate change on natural hazards such as flooding and fire risks, and will explain how coordinated regional planning could help all 18 cities and the County to prepare and adopt state-mandated updates to their General Plan Safety Elements.

Cara Lacey, AICP, a senior planner with the Nature Conservancy, will discuss the potential for the San Diego region to pursue a longer-term strategy built around a “Regional Greenprint” planning approach, This approach, which has been used in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Merced County, will be introduced with an eye toward holding a follow-up SDAPA program in 2020 that does a deeper dive into regional approaches, local case studies, and opportunities to collaborate.

The program is at the City Heights/Weingart Library from 11:45 to 1:15 pm. The cost is $15 and lunch is provided. Register is required and available at: https://tinyurl.com/y26ze2sv