The Santa Cruz Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) program provides a framework for local stakeholders to manage this region’s water and water-related resources. The Santa Cruz IRWM Plan was developed in response to California’s IRWM planning initiative to promote an informed, locally-driven, and consensus-based approach to water resources management.

The IRWM Plan includes strategies for developing and implementing policies and projects to ensure sustainable water use, reliable water supply, better water quality, improved flood protection and stormwater management, and environmental stewardship.  Find out more
 
Santa Cruz IRWM
IRWM Plan
The County of Santa Cruz in collaboration with the local agencies, stakeholders and in partnership with the Regional Water Management Foundation (RWMF) updated the IRWM Plan to:
Remain current in addressing region’s challenges
  • Review and update goals and objectives
  • Identify water resource management strategies
  • Complete technical studies
  • Update list of projects from stakeholders
Meet the state’s new IRWM Plan standards
  • Climate change response actions
  • Relation of local water planning and land use planning
This work was funded in part through a competitive grant awarded by the Department of Water Resources and with local agency funds.  

DAC Involvement Project Solicitation
The Santa Cruz region accepted project submittals for the DAC Involvement funding until May 9, 2016.  Project forms at available here. For information or assistance contact us.

Information is also available from DWR on the Prop 1 DAC Involvement Program.

2014 IRWM Project Solicitation
The 2014 Santa Cruz IRWM Plan project submission period is closed. 76 projects were evaluated and scored (Scoring Criteria) (Project List).


News and Updates


August 1, 2016 - DWR released the final versions of the Proposition 1 IRWM Grant Program documents, including: 
  • 2016 IRWM Grant Program Guidelines
  • Planning Grant Proposal Solicitation Package (PSP)
  • Disadvantaged Community (DAC) Involvement Request for Proposal (RFP)
January 13, 2016 - Santa Cruz Region to receive $1.2m for water supply and water recycling projects; DWR final funding recommendations for 2015 IRWM Implementation Grants

October 29, 2015 - DWR issued its draft funding recommendations for the Implementation Grant program. The Santa Cruz region is recommended to receive $1.2m, this is a partial award of 25% of the amount requested in the funding proposal. Final funding recommendations are expected in January 2016.

August 7, 2015 – Santa Cruz IRWM submits a funding proposal to DWR's Implementation Grant program. Following an evaluation of the projects in the Santa Cruz IRWM Plan and solicitation of interest in spring 2015, projects were selected by the IRWM Steering Committee for inclusion in the proposal. These include:
  • Tait Wells Replacement – City of Santa Cruz 
  • Bonita Hexavalent Chromium Treatment Facility – Soquel Creek Water District 
  • Davenport Recycled Water Plant – County of Santa Cruz
  • Grant Administration – Regional Water Management Foundation 

DWR is in the process of reviewing proposals and its funding recommendations will be announced in November 2015.  

May 20, 2015 - DWR has released the 2015 IRWM Program Guidelines and Proposal Solicitation Package (PDF). Applications are due August 7, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. More information can be found here.

Connecting the Drops 2018



SWRP

2016 San Lorenzo River Symposium Flier


Upcoming Events

Connecting the Drops: Working Together for Water
February 1, 2018 from 6:30 - 9pm; open house starting at 6:30pm
New Brighton Middle School Auditorium

An event sponsored by: LAFCO, Regional Water Management Foundation, the County of Santa Cruz.