MEETING SET TO CONSIDER IRWM PLAN ADOPTION
The Regional Water Management Group (RMWG) responsible for preparing the Upper Pit Integrated Regional Water Management Plan (Plan) will hold a meeting to consider adoption of the Plan on December 5, 2013 at1:00 the Bieber Veteran’s Hall in Bieber, CA.
The Plan has been under preparation for 2.5 years and has been prepared with extensive stakeholder input and review by the public. The Plan has been on hold over the summer and fall 2013, awaiting a guideline compliance review by the State Department of Water Resources (DWR). During that period, North Cal-Neva RC&D Council submitted a $1.15 million implementation grant request to DWR to help fund four projects identified during the preparation of the Plan: a Joint Leak Detection and Repair Program to benefit the Burney, Fall River, McArthur and Bieber; Bieber Water Tank Refurbishment Project; McArthur Water Tank design and construction; and project administration. These projects were chosen because the local project review committee recognized they would address critical water management needs for human health and safety and natural resources.
Over 80 projects, totaling over $40 million in value were identified by local agencies and organizations for inclusion in the Plan and potential eligibility for DWR, as well as other, funding. DWR has now recommended North-Cal-Neva’s grant for funding; a final funding decision is November 2013. IRWM Plan adoption must take place before the implementation grant application can be eligible to receive funding.
Once the Plan is adopted, the DWR will accept it for guideline compliance review, anticipated to be complete by February 2014. The Plan will be finalized soon thereafter.
Thank you for your interest.
To obtain a copy of the revised public review draft document, please click on the above tab, 'The Plan (IRWMP)' Or:
- Visit your local library in Alturas, Fall River Mills or Burney where both a hard copy and disc will be available for review; or
- Request an electronic version from:
Director of Administrative Services
North Cal-Neva RC&D Council
P.O. Box 1434
Alturas, CA 96101
North Cal-Neva RC&D Council submitted a $1.15 million implementation grant request along with proposed match to DWR to help fund four projects identified during the preparation of the Plan: a Joint Leak Detection and Repair Program to benefit the Burney, Fall River, McArthur and Bieber; Bieber Water Tank Refurbishment Project; McArthur Water Tank design and construction; and project administration.These projects were chosen because the local project review committee recognized they would address critical water management needs for human health and safety and natural resources.
Over 80 projects, totaling over $40 million in value were identified by local agencies and organizations for inclusion in the Plan and potential eligibility for DWR, as well as other, funding. DWR implementation grant applications are currently being reviewed, and a determination of grant award is anticipated by October 2013. For more information about the projects and the evaluation process for inclusion in the Plan please click on the following: Read more about projects.
IRWM Implementation Grants
Proposition 84 Chapter 2 Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) Grant Program, administered by DWR, provides funding for projects that assist local public agencies meet long term water needs of the state including the delivery of safe drinking water and the protection of water quality and the environment.
Applicants seeking to apply for an IRWM Implementation Grant will need to have engaged in the IRWM Planning process, and adhere to both the Guidelines and appropriate Proposal Solicitation Package (PSP) relevant to the current funding. Information relating to each IRWM Implementation Grant program including current PSPs are provided below.
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What is IRWM?
Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) Planning began in 2002, with the passage of Proposition 50 by California voters. The bond, among other things, authorized spending $3.4 billion in general obligation bonds funds to construct a variety of water supply and water quality projects across the state. The IRWM program encourages voluntary cooperation in managing water resources within a region. IRWM involves multiple agencies, stakeholders, individuals, and groups; and provides a venue for local stakeholders to address the issues and differing perspectives of involved entities through mutually beneficial solutions.
By law, IRWM cannot impact local or regional water rights, nor can it override local plans and policies or the decisions of elected bodies. The process and plan is advisory only.
To access the available bond funds involves a three-step process: (1) formally identifying the region, (2) developing a plan to inform voluntary water management. and, 3) applying for funding. The IRWMP includes a list of projects proposed by local agencies and Tribes that could be funded to improve local conditions. For more information click here
What is an IRWMP?
According to the California Department of Water Resources, an Integrated Regional Water Management Plan (IRMWP) is a comprehensive planning document to encourage development of voluntary regional strategies for management of water resources.
An IRWMP investigates a broad spectrum of water resource management strategies, identifies the benefits of integrating water management strategies, and develops priorities for implementing projects and programs. An IRWMP is a comprehensive planning document to encourage regional strategies and cooperative solutions for issues of water quality, water quantity and watershed health. For information on the required Table of Contents for an IRWMP click here. To view the DWR IRWM guidelines click here.