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The Integrated Regional Water Management Plan for the Greater Monterey County Region developed in response to the State of California’s approach to water resource management in California, the goal being increased regional self-sufficiency. Local water resource managers will take a proactive leadership role in solving water management problems on a local level through collaborative regional planning. The regional water management group can apply for Integrated Regional Water Management grant funds through Propositions 84 or Proposition 1E.


An Integrated Regional Water Management Plan (IRWM Plan) developed by 18 member entities that include government agencies, nonprofit organizations, educational organizations, water service districts, private water companies, and organizations representing agricultural, environmental, and community interests. The IRWM Plan is an expansion and modification of a previous plan – the May 2006 Salinas Valley Integrated Regional Water Management Functionally Equivalent Plan developed by Monterey County Water Resources Agency. While the traditional approach to water resource management has typically involved separate and distinct agencies managing different aspects of the water system, i.e., water supply, water quality, flood management, and natural resources, integrated regional water management considers the hydrologic system as a whole. The IRWM planning process brings together water and natural resource managers, along with other community stakeholders, to collaboratively plan for and ensure the region’s continued water supply reliability, improved water quality, flood management, and healthy functioning ecosystems—allowing for creative new solutions, greater efficiencies, and an increased promise of long-term success.


Greater Monterey County Regional Water Management Group


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