Today's Choices, Tomorrow's Impact: Accelerating Adaptation and Resilience of Water, Sanitation and Climate Action through a One Water Approach
January 21, 2022
Eastern Standard Time EST
Hardeep Anand, P.E. Director, One Water Strategy at Miami-Dade County
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Presentation Description: The term “One Water” describes this comprehensive and long-term approach to community-based water management that considers the urban water cycle as a single unified system. When we implement planning and decision-making based on the understanding that water in all its forms has value—water in our lakes, seas, rivers, streams, drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater—the full water lifecycle can be optimized to build strong economies, vibrant communities and healthy environments.
At Miami-Dade County, the One Water approach aims to break down siloes within water management within County government and across jurisdictions, laying the foundation for a collaborative, integrated approach to water through key performance indicators, data analytics and other innovative tools and processes. This presentation will provide a brief overview of the watershed in which Miami-Dade County is working, as well as the benefits co-benefits of our One Water approach.
Figure 1: The U.S. Water Alliance, “One Water Roadmap: The Sustainable Management of Life’s Most Essential Resource.” © 2016. The One Water roadmap is organized around six arenas for action: Reliable & Resilient Utilities, Thriving Cities, Competitive Business & Industry, Sustainable Agriculture Systems, Social & Economic Inclusion, and Healthy Waterways.
Figure 2: Arup, “Applying a Water Lens to the Circular Economy” © 2017. Design with water: By aligning with and supporting other socio-economic and environmental drivers, protecting and enhancing the water cycle can deliver multiple more comprehensive benefits. In fact, 1 in 4 cities would see a positive return on investment from investing in watershed conservation.
Figure 3: The City Water Resilience Framework (CWRF) is a framework for globally applicable water resilience assessment, to comprehensively assess and plan for urban water resilience across sectors and stakeholders, as well as across city boundaries.
Figure 4: “Community Resilience Through One Water Planning” can help you successfully manage the complete water cycle, positioning you for the future water resource needs of your community. That means ample water supply, assurance of water quality, flood contingencies, planning for climate change, reliable infrastructure, proactive asset management, and a multitude of additional factors that play a part in achieve sustainable, long-term performance.
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