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 Addendum 2019 
An addendum to the IRWM Plan was completed in 2019 to update and expand content in the Plan to meet the state's IRWM Plan Standards, including new information on water quality and climate change vulnerabilities. 

IRWM Plan 2014
The County of Santa Cruz in collaboration with the local agencies, stakeholders and in partnership with the Regional Water Management Foundation (RWMF) completed the IRWM Plan in 2014.  This work was funded in part through a competitive grant awarded by the Department of Water Resources and with local agency funds.  The Plan is available here: IRWM Plan 2014.

Proposition 1 IRWM DAC Involvement Program

The statewide Disadvantaged Community Involvement Program is intended to ensure the involvement of economically disadvantaged communities (DACs) in regional water planning efforts and to define, understand, and address the water management needs of these communities.

Disadvantaged Community Online Mapping Tool



News and Updates

July 28, 2020 - Governor released the final version of the Water Resilience Portfolio


July 2020 - DWR released final funding awards for the six IRWM Regions in the Central Coast funding area.

September 2019 - Central Coast Funding Area Prop 1 Round 1 Workshop

April 2019 - DWR released Prop 1 Implementation Guidelines

October 2018 - DWR released Prop 1 Implementation Funding Information 





Final Awards List – Round 1 IRWM Implementation Grant

In July 2020, DWR released final funding awards for the six IRWM Regions in the Central Coast funding area.

List of recommended projects in the Santa Cruz IRWM Region

Events

Ensuring Equitable Involvement in Regional Water Planning

The Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority and the Local Government Commission are hosting a free statewide virtual Summit, with support from the California Department of Water Resources, to share strategies for engaging tribes and marginalized communities as learned through local implementation of the Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) Disadvantaged Communities and Tribal Involvement (DACTI) Program.

 To find out more go to https://www.lgc.org/summit/ and Register Today for the following dates:

1.  Thursday, October 8, 2020, 8:30am -1:00pm

2.  Tuesday, October 13, 2020 8:30am -1:00pm

3.  Wednesday, October 14, 2020 8:30am -1:00pm