Bridging Land and Water Planning

The Land & Water Partnership (LWP) program builds bridges between land and water planning to deliver projects that improve the watershed and support thriving communities. 

By cultivating relationships with the land use community, engaging with partners early in project development, and offering technical and financial resources, we encourage collaborative planning that brings water into community development, infrastructure, parks, and placemaking to deliver projects that support shared goals with our partners. 


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Early coordination

The LWP program promotes early coordination to develop projects that provide mutual benefits.

We want to connect early, whether through sketch planning a development, small area planning, master planning parks and open space, or investigating infrastructure feasibility.

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Value-Added Partnership

The LWP program provides technical and financial support from concept development through construction.

We will be your partners in planning, helping advance your goals in ways that benefit the watershed and can be funded through our capital improvement program.  

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Large-scale projects

The LWP program supports projects that will provide regional water resource and community benefits.

We will work together to identify high-impact projects and funding strategies that improve water quality, address flooding, and bring value to the community. 

Program Eligibility and Process

Eligibility: The LWP program supports public or private partner-led projects. Eligible partners include state, regional, or local agencies (e.g., municipality) and large-scale private developers or landowners with the capacity to lead project implementation.

Process: The program has two deadlines to ensure a transparent and orderly evaluation process for all projects and to promote early coordination and integration of land use and water planning.

  • Project Concept – April 1: Partner submits request to MCWD for technical and/or financial assistance with feasibility work.
  • Project Feasibility – February 1: Partner submits a completed feasibility study and request for financial support for project implementation.

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Connect to Partner

We are now accepting requests for assistance. We invite public and private partners to connect with us and discuss emerging project ideas, so we can explore partnership opportunities together.

Contact Kate Moran for more information on the LWP program and discover other ways we can work together to protect and enhance water resources throughout the watershed!

Partner Projects Supported by the LWP Program

We support partner-led projects that generate significant, regional benefits across the watershed. The following projects are examples of the mutual benefits we can achieve through this partnership approach.