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IRWMP(Integrated Regional Water Management Plan)

In 2002, California voters passed Proposition 50, the Water Security, Clean Drinking Water, Coastal and Beach Protection Act. This law authorized the state legislature to appropriate funds to improve urban and agricultural water use efficiency, protect and improve drinking water quality, restore coastal habitat and other water projects. A portion of the available funds was allocated to the development of IRWMPs. An Integrated Regional Water Management Plan creates the framework for water use planning in a shared, regional approach.

In 2006, the W Water Resource Association of Yolo County (WRA) received a $500,000 Proposition 50 grant to develop an IRWMP for the region. The District served as the fiscal agent for the project. The WRA is a coalition of local agencies including the cities of Woodland, Davis, West Sacramento, Winters, the University of CA Davis, Yolo County, Reclamation District 2035, Dunnigan Water District and the Yolo County Flood Control & Water Conservation District. The Yolo County IRWMP was completed in April 2007 after a lengthy public outreach process. The plan identified and prioritized water resource issues and projects in five categories:

  • Water supply and drought preparedness
  • Water quality
  • Flood control and storm drainage
  • Recreation
  • Riparian and aquatic ecosystem enhancement

For more information on the Yolo County IRWMP process and to view the completed document, please visit www.yolowra.org/irwmp.html.

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