2021 Virtual Connecting Land and Water for Healthy Communities Conference

Babbitt Center staff served on the planning committee for the American Water Resources Association’s July 2021 specialty conference, Connecting Land & Water for Healthy Communities, which included sessions moderated by Babbitt Center staff and an engaging keynote address by Dr. Aziza Akhmouch. View two of the sessions and keynote:

Nationwide Land Use and Water Planning: Policy and Practice – Moderated by Erin Rugland, Program Manager, Babbitt Center for Land and Water Policy.


  • Sagar Shar, Planning and Community Health Manager, American Planning Association
  • Mary Ann Dickinson, Past President and CEO, Alliance for Water Efficiency
  • Courtney Black, Senior Water Resources Engineer, INTERA Incorporated

Exploring Impacts and Opportunities at the Climate/Water/Land Use Interface – Moderated by Jim Holway, Director, Babbitt Center for Land and Water Policy.


  • Ellen Hanak, Director of the Water Center, Public Policy Institute of California
  • Kathy Jacobs, Director of Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions, University of Arizona
  • Brad Udall, Senior Water and Climate Research Scientist and Scholar, Colorado State University

Keynote Address - Dr. Aziza Akhmouch, Head of the Cities, Urban Policies and Sustainable Development, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

Post-register for the conference and gain access to all the sessions.

The Journal of the American Water Resources Association (JAWRA) is planning a Featured Collection as well as an ongoing Featured Series to highlight and build upon contributions from AWRA's 2021 Virtual Connecting Land and Water for Healthy Communities Conference.

Growing Water Smart

This program is a multi-day workshop that educates, trains, and assists communities to implement effective integration of land and water planning and management. Each workshop’s end goal? A one-year action plan to enhance a community’s ability to be resilient in a hotter and drier future. The Babbitt Center collaborates with the Sonoran Institute, Arizona Community Foundation, the Colorado Water Conservation Board, and the Gates Family Foundation, among others, to train, educate, and assist city and town officials, water providers, and land planners.


Babbitt Center Dissertation Fellowship Program

The Babbitt Center Dissertation Fellowship Program assists Ph.D. students at universities whose research builds on, and contributes to, the integration of land and water policy to advance water sustainability and resilience, particularly in the West. The program provides support to scholars early in their careers. The application is currently closed. Open call for applications begins annually in late fall and closes the first week of March the following spring. For information on present and previous fellowship recipients and projects, please visit Babbitt Center Dissertation Fellows, Current and Past.

Land and Water Policy Research Network

We are cultivating a Research Network for Integrated Land and Water Policy and Management—the first of its kind. The cross-cutting network is open to all, regardless of professional memberships and disciplinary affiliations. This network provides a forum for scholars across disciplines who are interested in sharing research, conferences and convenings, as well as funding and collaboration opportunities aimed at improving the integration of land and water policy and management, especially in the Colorado River Basin and Western U.S. Join the Research Network.