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Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) brings together the public agencies and stakeholders of a California region in order to collaboratively manage all the components of its water resources, including water supply and quality, wastewater collection and treatment, recycled water, stormwater, flood control, and watershed and habitat management.An IRWM Plan covers a wide range of water resource management strategies, examines the regional benefits of these strategies, and identifies regional priorities for implementing projects. The California Water Code, Section 10534, defines an IRWM Plan as:

" A comprehensive plan for a defined geographic area, the specific development, content, and adoption of which shall satisfy requirements pursuant to this part. At a minimum, an IRWM Plan describes the major water-related objectives and conflicts within a region, considers a broad variety of resource management strategies, identifies the appropriate mix of water demand and supply management alternatives, water quality protections, and environmental stewardship actions to provide long-term, reliable, and high-quality water supplies and protect the environment, and identifies disadvantaged communities in the region and takes the water-related needs of those communities into consideration."

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) has created IRWM Grant Programs in order to provide funding for regions during the planning and implementation phases of IRWM and for stormwater and flood management. More information about Integrated Regional Water Management is available on the California Department of Water Resources' IRWM website.The East Contra Costa County IRWM Region is comprised of Twelve Member Agencies which are currently in the process of updating the region's IRWM Plan. The region adopted a Functionally Equivalent Integrated Regional Water Management Plan in 2005 and was formally accepted as an IRWM region by the California Department of Water Resources in 2009 through the Region Acceptance Process.  The IRWM Plan Update began in early 2012 and is expected to finish with adoption of the Plan in mid-2013.  The update will include a more formal integrated planning process that will meet the new IRWM Guidelines published by the Department of Water Resources in August 2010. The update process includes identifying regional water management objectives, holding a call for Projects, prioritizing those projects,providing current information about the region, and adding the results of new analyses such as a climate change vulnerability assessment and a groundwater management plan.

Participation from stakeholders and the public is an important aspect of the IRWM Plan Update. Several opportunities for stakeholder and public participation are planned, and information on how to participate will be updated on the Home Page as it becomes available.

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IRWM in East Contra Costa County

The East Contra Costa IRWM Region includes the service areas of its RWMG's twelve member agencies.Coordinated planning in the regionbegan in 1995 through the formation of the ECWMA, and grew stronger through ongoing ECWMA and other planning efforts.In 2005 the region adopted a Functionally Equivalent Integrated Regional Water Management Plan, and was formally recognizedas an IRWM region by the California Department of Water Resources in 2009 through the Region Acceptance Process (RAP).In 2013, the region adopted the IRWM Plan Update, which it had been developing since 2012. The 2013 IRWM Plan Update included a more formal integrated planning process that met the IRWM Guidelines published by the Department of Water Resources in November2012. The 2013 IRWM Plan Update process included identifying regional water management objectives, holding a call for projects, prioritizing projects,providing current information about the region, and adding the results of new analyses such as a climate change vulnerability assessment and a groundwater management plan.

The ECWMA completed an additional IRWM Plan update process in 2015, the 2015 IRWM Plan Update, to incorporate additional technical studies on topics such as recycled water and salt and nutrient management plans, to further strengthen IRWM planning in the region. The 2015 IRWM Plan Update is anticipated to be adopted in late 2015, following public review of the draft and incorporation of comments.

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Communities (DAC) and eligible for Targeted Funding.

IRWM Success

Participation in a recognized IRWM Program creates eligbility for certain sources of grant and loan funding, including some Proposition 50, Proposition 84, and Proposition 1E funds; as well as future Proposition 1 funding that is anticipated to be available beginning in 2016. Projects eligible for these funds must be included in an IRWM Plan.

To-date, the ECCC IRWM Program has received a total of $30 million in implementation and planning grants, and funded 21 projects and plans that address the state, regional, and local priorities identified in the IRWM Plan.

For more information on the ECCC IRWM Program's success in winning regional IRWM grants, refer to Table 2-1 in the 2015 IRWM Plan Update.

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Neighboring IRWM
The ECCC IRWM Region is one of 48 IRWM regions in California. It overlies two funding areas, the San Joaquin Funding Area, and the San Francisco Bay Funding Area, and overlaps the neighboring San Francisco Bay Area IRWM Region in the northwestern portion of the ECCC IRWM Region. The Region is also bordered by the Westside (Yolo, Solano, Napa, Colusa) and Westside-San Joaquin IRWM regions to the north and east, respectively, as well as neighbored by Westside-San Joaquin to the southeast. Of these neighboring IRWM regions, all but one (Westside) lies within one of the two funding areas that include the ECCC IRWM Region.

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