What is an Integrated Regional Water Management Plan?
An Integrated Regional Water Management Plan (IRWM Plan) is a voluntary and comprehensive non-regulatory planning document prepared on a region-wide scale that identifies broadly-supported priority water resources projects and programs with multiple benefits. The process of creating an IRWM Plan is locally-driven and includes input from many diverse stakeholders. An IRWM Plan investigates a broad spectrum of water resources issues including water supply, flood management, water quality, environmental restoration, recreation, land use, environmental justice, stakeholder involvement, and far reaching community and statewide interests. A key difference in IRWM Plans (as compared to other planning documents) is that IRWM Plans integrate multiple water management strategies to solve multiple priority challenges. IRWM Plans can help attract state and other funding to support regional projects. Millions of dollars have been allocated for IRWM Planning by the state through propositions 50 and 84. Grants are awarded through the California Department of Water Resources (DWR).
The mission of the Regional Water Management Group (RWMG) will facilitate future coordination, collaboration, and communication for comprehensive management of water resources in the Madera Region. Through the mutual understanding among entities in the Madera Region regarding their joint efforts toward Integrated Regional Water Management we will ensure governance, development, planning, funding, and implementation to make certain that optimal and affordable water supplies & facilities are available now and in the future to sustain this region and its responsible growth.
Who is the Madera Region Regional Water Management Group?
The Madera Region has the exact borders of Madera County – This Region was approved by the State Department of Water Resources on June 6, 2011.
Timeline of Accomplishments
In 2006, the County of Madera began the process of developing on IRWMP for managing and protecting water resources.
IRWM Plan was completed for the Madera Region under Prop 50 on April 14, 2008. This is a complete plan under the Prop 50 Standards that includes both the foothill and the valley areas, creating many new partnerships and involvement.
On November 24, 2009, the Madera County Water Advisory Commission created the Formation Committee to create the Regional Water Management Group.
On January 2, 2010 the RWMG for the Madera Region was officially formed.
2011/2012 – Round 1 Implementation Grant was granted for the full amount of the award – $9,413,947.00
Project #1 – Ash Slough Arundo and Sediment Removal
Project #2 – Cottonwood Creek, Dry Creek, & Berenda Creek – Arundo and Sediment Removal
Project #3 – Root Creek Recharge Project
Project #4 – Fuel Reduction for Forest Health & Fire Safety in the Sierra National Forest (The first Forest Management Project funded as part of an IRWM which recognizes Watershed Health as a whole.)
2012/2013 – Received recommendation for full funding, $271,438.00, for the Round 2 Planning Grant to update the IRWM Plan to Proposition 84 standardsJune 25, 2014 Received approval of
Formal Amendment 2 to relocate Project #2 from Cottonwood Creek, Dry Creek, & Berenda Creek to Berenda Slough and an extension of Ash Slough.
Formalize the Governance structure regarding the roles and responsibilities of the RWMG’s Project Manager/Coordinator, as well as stakeholders and voting members.
Conduct successful outreach to Disadvantaged Communities, resulting in the addition of Disadvantaged Communities(DACs) stakeholders and/or members to the RWMG, and inclusion of DAC water quality and wastewater issues in the Plan’s project list.
Begin the process of updating the current Plan (receive the Planning Grant) to Proposition 84 standards by identifying items needed to update and improve the Plan before we engage the services of a consultant.
Oakhurst Location and Directions:
Raley’s Supermarket – Community Room; 40041 CA-49, Oakhurst, CA 93644 – 559-683-8300;
Directions: Highway 41 to Highway 49. The shopping center is located on the North/West corner of the intersection. The Community Room is in the back of the store next to the Pharmacy.
Chowchilla Location and Directions:
Chowchilla City Hall (aka Civic Center), 130 S. Second Street, Chowchilla – in the Training Room.
Directions: Highway 99 to Robertson Blvd. – Go west to Second Street and make a Left – The City Hall is on the Right. Access the Training Room thru doors located on alley side of the building closest to Third Street (not Second Street). Parking is along Third Street or along Trinity Avenue or in Second Street Parking lot. However, you will enter thru doors in alleyway closest to Third Street.
Madera Location and Directions:
Madera County Government Center, 200 W 4th Street, Room 4006, Madera, CA 93637.
Directions: Highway 99 to Fourth Street Exit. – Building is on the Southeast corner and public parking is free.