Protecting Natural Resources with Land Use Decision Support Tools

Washington, DC (February 7, 2008)- Local government decision makers and planners are constantly challenged with maintaining a balance between economic and environmental considerations. This session will highlight two recent projects that are putting GIS data and tools into the hands of local planners and elected officials in order to help them shape development patterns with the least harm to water supplies, wetlands, prime habitat and other areas that supply vital community services. An interactive demonstration of mapping services provided through The Southeast Watershed Forum and its partners will be profiled and local government participants will demonstrate the environmental benefits of bringing innovative science based decision support tools into decision making processes.

Christine Olsenius, Executive Director, Southeast Watershed Forum
James Davenport, Project Manager, National Association of Counties
Mary Searing, P.E., Watershed Management Program Manager, Office of Environmental and Cultural Resources, Anne Arundel County, MD
Andrew Carroll, Adjunct Professor, Biology and Environmental Sciences, University of Tennessee-Chattanooga
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About New Partners for Smart Growth
The 2008 New Partners for Smart Growth Conference in Washington, DC, hosted attendance of more than 1300 people from across the country for three full days of presentations, discussions, and information sharing. The conference was produced by the Local Government Commission (LGC), with support from a very impressive and multi-disciplinary group of partners and sponsoring organizations, agencies and companies.
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7th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth: Building Safe, Healthy, and Livable Communities