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 or 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.
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.
Neighboring IRWM Regions
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.