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The 2013 Upper Pit Integrated Regional Water Management Plan (Plan) was adopted by the Regional Water Management Group, made up of regional water managers and stakeholders, in December 2013. The Plan was in preparation for 2.5 years with extensive stakeholder input and review by the public. Water management projects included in the Plan addressed infrastructure needs, such as sewer treatment and water supply; agricultural water efficiency improvements; natural resource restoration; and other improvements to water management in the Upper Pit region. Over 80 projects, totaling over $40 million in value were identified by local agencies and organizations for inclusion in the 2013 Plan.

In 2013, North Cal-Neva Resource Conservation & Development Council (North Cal-Neva RC&D) submitted and received a $1.15 million implementation grant request to Department of Water Resources (DWR) to help fund projects identified during the preparation of the Plan: a Joint Leak Detection and Repair Program to benefit Burney, Fall River, McArthur, and Bieber; Bieber Water Tank Refurbishment Project; McArthur Water Tank design and construction. 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. Since then, projects have been funded to improve irrigation efficiency, conduct natural resource restoration, and address mainline replacement in Fall River Mills, bringing in funding totaling over $3 million to the region.
In spring 2017, the California DWR awarded a grant to fund an update of the 2013 Plan to bring it into compliance with 2016 Program Guidelines for sustainable water management. The update effort is being administered by the North Cal-Neva RC&D, who worked to secure the funding, and has and will involve input from stakeholders across the region.

Update of the Plan will once again make the region eligible in 2018 for State funding to implement local water projects for reliable water supplies, better water quality, and enhanced environmental stewardship.

Copies of the Plan are available on this site, and also will be available September 4, 2017, for review at local libraries in Fall River Mills, Alturas, and Burney, as well as at local RCD and Pit River Tribal offices.
Comments on the draft will be accepted from September 4 - September 18, 2017. For an email copy of the draft, or to submit comments, please contact Stacey Hafen at:

A Regional Water Management Group Meeting to consider public comments and future adoption of the Plan is scheduled for October 26, 2017, location to be determined.
Once the Plan is adopted by the RWMG, DWR will accept it for guideline compliance review, anticipated to be complete by February 2018. The Plan will be finalized soon thereafter. All entities wanting to submit projects for DWR funding will subsequently need to formally adopt the updated Plan.
Thank you for your interest.

Stacey Hafen
Director of Administrative Services
North Cal-Neva RC&D Council
P.O. Box 1434
Alturas, CA 96101
(530)233-4314 X114
(530)233-8869 fax

IRWM Implementation Grants

Proposition 1 - 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 is 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 bond 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 IRWM Plan includes a list of projects proposed by local agencies and Tribes that could be funded to improve local conditions. For more information click here

For review of the IRWM website, click here.  To learn more about what the Integrated Regional Water Management Plan/IRWMP… READ MORE

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.