Smart Growth and Water Resources

How and where development occurs affects the sustainability of water resources, the health of watersheds, and the value these resources provide to people and communities.

The current relationship between water and land use is a bad one. Conventional development patterns are degrading water quality, increasing flood risks, and promoting inefficient use of our valuable supplies.

When considering water and land use, the sustainability of our water supplies boils down to two basic decisions:

  • Where should we grow?
  • How should we grow?

Fact Sheet

Livable Communities and Water