WEBINAR: Virginia's State Water Resources Planning Process - Statewide Cumulative Impact Modeling of Future Local Water Demands




Scott Kudlas
Director, Office of Water Supply

Trained as a political scientist and landscape architect, Scott Kudlas has a unique 34-year career in a variety of management and policy roles in state government, local government, and the private sector. His continuing mission is to help people find creative solutions to complex multi-party water resource challenges using practical science, implementable policies, collaborative processes, and data driven decision-making. A graduate of the Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute, he led the creation of Virginia’s Local and Regional Water Supply Planning Program and the resulting State Water Resources Plan and the effort to reduce permitted coastal groundwater withdrawals. He has also served as chair of both the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin and the Cooperative Water Supply Operations on the Potomac. He is currently the 2021 President of the American Water Resources Association and since its inception, served as faculty for their National Leadership Institute for State Officials.

Ryan Green
Water Supply Planning and Analysis Team Lead

Ryan Green is the Water Supply Planning and Analysis Team Leader in the Office of Water Supply at VDEQ. This program is responsible for coordinating the Local and Regional Water Supply Planning program which works with localities to engage in water supply planning to ensure sustainability of water resources and protection of other beneficial uses such as aquatic life and habitat. They also conduct cumulative impact analyses that help evaluate impacts to water resources to support future planning efforts and inform the public and Virginia’s executive and legislative representatives about the status of our water resources. Ryan is a graduate of Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute and has previously worked as an educator and a professional musician.


Virginia has a unique approach to state water supply and resource planning that emphasizes the local development of future water demands and supply alternatives with the state in the role of evaluating a resource and user effects using a range of scenarios. These analyses are published in a State Water Resources Plan every five years and used by localities in future planning as part of a continuing process. The current Virginia State Water Resources Plan (State Plan) is currently out for review. This webinar will provide a focused overview of the surface water and groundwater cumulative impact scenarios evaluated and presented in the current Plan based on current and future water demands, as well as climate change scenarios that evaluate how surface water resources may be impacted under varying climatic conditions. This will not be an in depth review of models and modeling but an introduction to the process and a summary of current analyses.

Learning Objectives

  1. Define how local and state planning efforts support Virginia resource management decisions.
  2. Identify the different resource metrics are evaluated and under what scenarios.
  3. Describe the types of future water resource challenges resulting from anticipated local water demand.

Webinar Recording & PDH Certificate

Included with your webinar registration is access to a recording of the program and a fillable certificate to self-report your Professional Development Hours (PDH), Continuing Education Units (CEU), or Certification Maintenance Credits (CM). Your certificate will be available to download and a link to the recording of this webinar will be sent within a week of the live program from [email protected]. The recording is exclusively for you, the registrant of the webinar. They are not to be shared or forwarded.


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