About IRWMP

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Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) Planning is a process by which multiple agencies within a region work collaboratively to better the region’s water quality and supply in an inclusive way.  The Coachella Valley Regional Water Management Group includes the valley’s five water purveyors and one wastewater agency, who have come together to improve water resource planning and management for the entire region.
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Prop 1

PROPOSITION 1, the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act passed by California voters in November 2014. Administered by DWR, Proposition 1 includes funding for the IRWM Grant Program. This bond act provides $7.545 billion for various water related purposes and $510 million for Integrated Regional Water Management Planning efforts. This IRWMP funding is allocated by region with $22.5 million for the Colorado River Region.

What types of projects are contemplated?
The intent of Proposition 1 is to encourage integrated regional strategies for management of water resources. Proposition 1 will fund projects that use multiple strategies resulting in multiple benefits. Such projects would include one or more of the following elements:

 
IRWM Plan Objective Possible Project Elements
Reduce Water Demand
  • Agricultural Water Use Efficiency
  • Urban Water Use Efficiency
Improve Operational Efficiency & Transfers
  • Conveyance
  • System Reoperation
  • Water Transfers
Increase Water Supply
  • Conjunctive Management & Groundwater Storage
  • Desalination –Brackish & Seawater
  • Precipitation Enhancement
  • Recycled Municipal Water
  • Surface Storage – CALFED
  • Surface Storage – Local
Improve Water Quality
  • Drinking Water Treatment and Distribution
  • Groundwater/Aquifer Remediation
  • Matching Quality to Use
  • Pollution Prevention
  • Urban Runoff Management
Practice Resource Stewardship
  • Agricultural Lands Stewardship
  • Economic Incentives (Loans, Grants, and Water Pricing)
  • Ecosystem Restoration
  • Floodplain Management
  • Recharge Areas Protection
  • Urban Land Use Management
  • Water‐Dependent Recreation
  • Watershed Management

Prop 84

PROPOSITION 84, the Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Costal Protection Act was passed by California voters in November 2006. Administered by State of California Department of Water Resources, known as DWR, Proposition 84 included funding for the IRWM Grant Program. This bond act provided $5.4 billion for various water related purposes and $1 billion for Integrated Regional Water Management Planning efforts. This IRWMP funding was allocated by region with $36 million for the Colorado River Region and $100m in unallocated funding.

The Coachella Valley Region received the following Proposition 84 grant funding:

 
Grant Solicitation Name Number of Projects Funded Total Grant Award Current Status
Planning Grant 1 $1,000,000 Complete
DAC Outreach Grant 1 $500,000 Complete
Implementation – Round 1 4 $4,000,000 Nearing Completion (December 2017)
Implementation – Round 2 8 $5,240,000 Nearing Completion (January 2018)
Implementation – Round 3 2 $5,270,636 Underway
Implementation – Round 4 6 $2,361,627 Underway
TOTAL 22 $18,372,263 --


    About CVRWMG

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The Coachella Valley IRWM program is led by the Coachella Valley Regional Water Management Group (CVRWMG), whose purpose is to coordinate water resource management efforts and to enable the Coachella Valley region to apply for grants tied to DWR’s IRWM program. The CVRWMG is a partnership composed of the five Coachella Valley water purveyors and one wastewater agency:


The IRWM Plan provides a mechanism for:

  • Coordinating, refining, and integrating existing water resources planning efforts within a comprehensive, regional context;
  • Identifying specific regional and watershed-based priorities for implementation projects; and
  • Generating funding support for the plans, programs, projects, and priorities of existing agencies and stakeholders.

Each of the five water purveyors and one wastewater agency indicated its individual intent to adopt the IRWMP by virtue of its signature on the August 2014 MOU.  Each member has statutory authority over water as described below.

  • The Coachella Water Authority is a joint powers authority formed as a component of the City of Coachella and Redevelopment Agency of the City of Coachella and has statutory authority over water supply.
  • The Coachella Valley Water District is a public agency of the State of California organized and operating under County Water District Law, California Water Code Section 30000, et seq,. The Coachella District Merger Law, Water Code Section 33100, et seq.  Coachella Valley Water District is a State Water Project Contractor and Colorado River Contractor empowered to import water supplies to its service area, and has statutory authority over water supply.
  • The Desert Water Agency is an independent special district created by a special act of state legislature contained in chapter 100 of the appendix of the California Water Code. Desert Water Agency is also a State Water Project Contractor empowered to import water supplies to its service area, replenish local groundwater supplies, and collect assessments necessary to support a groundwater replenishment program as provided for in the Desert Water Agency Law and has statutory authority over water supply.
  • The Indio Water Authority was formed in 2000 and has statutory authority over water supply for most of the City of Indio; it is currently established by a joint exercise of powers agreement between the City of Indio and the Indio Housing Authority.
  • Mission Springs Water District is a County Water District formed under Section 30000 et seq of the California Water Code and has statutory authority over water supply.
  • Valley Sanitary District is a California Special District that collects and treats wastewater primarily within the City of Indio.