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Water Planning Committee Meeting Summary August 10, 2020 Conference Call

  1. Call to Order—Chair Jennifer Hoggatt-Missouri DNR called to order at 10:03 a.m. Central time 
  • Introductions of Participants on the call—Jennifer Hoggatt, Chair; Sue Lowry; Brian Atkins; Matt Unruh, Mabel Jones, Kristina Peacock-Jones; Carol Flaute, Julie Cunningham; Mark Matlock.
  • Discuss Water Planning Session for 2020 ICWP Annual meeting to held virtually (October 6)—Sue provided an outline of the planning for the virtual annual meeting which will be held over 4 sessions in early October and each session will highlight topics relative to our 4 committees. For the Water Planning session on Oct. 6, Jodee Pring and Jennifer Hoggatt are working on details, but general agenda is that Stacey Brown, Director of Planning at USACE has been invited.  Beverly Hayes has retired from USACE as the Planning Assistance to States Program Manager, but Sue is in contact with Beverly and she will let us know if her replacement is named prior to our Annual Meeting.  A State Planning Panel will wrap up the session.  Discussion was held on states and topics to focus upon for the panel.  Texas would be a good state to make sure to invite. Julie pointed out that they have incorporated infrastructure funding needs with their planning process and asking them to cover their bottom up process on Oct. 6 would be good information sharing.  OWRB was directed by their legislation to include flood planning.  Coordinating with FEMA disaster planning could be an additional funding source.  Many water plans are now incorporating many other aspects, such as instream flow and ecosystem services.  Mabel mentioned looking into Tableau and other ways of serving up data that can be changed easily.  Mark mentioned that PA is almost ready to launch a data site using PowerBI.  Carol are Matt are both looking into ESRI’s Insight tool. 
  • Identify 1-3 Principle Statements topics from 2020 workplan 

Jennifer had developed 3 draft Principle statements for review which were sent out to the committee prior to this call:

Principle Statement 1:

The Water Planning Committee seeks to share knowledge about water planning and available resources to support the water resources planning activities of ICWP members.  (Highlight networking opportunities afforded by ICWP membership in the supporting paragraphs)

Principle Statement 2:

The Water Planning Committee seeks to cooperatively support planning resources, such as U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Planning Assistance to States program.

Principle Statement 3:

The Water Planning Committee seeks to create a voice for important shared issues and advocate our shared  ICWP views to federal agencies, congressional delegations, and other policy leaders.

Discussion was held on the supporting information appropriate for each of the statements.  Sue  and Jennifer will develop these concepts into full principle statements and circulate to the committee for review.  

  • Topics and speakers for future water planning learning opportunities—Jennifer asked if any committee members have topics they would like to hear about on future webinars, please let her or Sue know. 
  • Next call or webinar set for Monday, November 2 at 10 a.m. Central time. 

Water Planning Committee:  Provide a forum of the exchange of ideas and concepts related to state and regional water planning. 

2019 Accomplishments:

  • Webinars from state planning efforts, including MN, MO, WY and Nebraska
  • Contributed Planning topics/speakers for Annual Meeting and Washington DC Roundtable

Issues for 2020 Workplan

  1. Continue with Webinar presentations from individual states on their water planning programs
  2. Support for PAS, including cost share change in WRDA letter
  3. Water Quality and Infrastructure—how ICWP might integrate these topics with our main mission topic areas
  4. Revolutionize CW Listening Session at 2020 Washington Roundtable