Watershed planning, not emergency planning

Why is watershed planning essential to protecting the long-term environmental and economic health of communities?

watershed planning, landscape, landscape design, resiliency


Mami Hara


Andee Mazzocco

Watersheds across the world are dealing with imbalances in their water cycles, ranging from severe droughts to increased precipitation to historic flood events. Watershed planning is essential to protecting long term environmental and economic health of communities—and to avoiding or reducing the impact of water-related emergencies. Smart watershed management plans help to guide capital investment for infrastructure, and policies and implementation tools tailored specifically to community aspirations, feasible funding structures, healthy habitats and quality of life.

At WRT, we understand the potential of places: where cities meet streams, where landscape meets urbanism and where design meets resiliency. Our watershed plans get the most value for the communities with whom we work, in terms of process by engaging stakeholders, stewards and policy makers; ecological function by restoring the natural hydrologic functions of riparian and urban landscapes; community-building by dovetailing recreation and connectivity; placemaking by working with a community’s inherent natural and cultural identities; and implementation by collaborating with engineers to create physical design that is both sound and inspiring.

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