The Integrated Regional Water Management Program (IRWM) is intended to promote and practice integrated regional water management to ensure sustainable water uses, reliable water supplies, better water quality, environmental stewardship, efficient urban development, protection of agriculture, and a strong economy.
Funding for the IRWM program was authorized with passage of two propositions: PROPOSITION 50, the Water Security, Clean Drinking Water, Coastal and Beach Protection Act of 2002 and PROPOSITION 84, the Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Costal Protection Act. The new Proposition 84 Guidelines are still being developed by California’s Department of Water Resources (DWR). For more information on recent changes please see SB X2 1 http://www.kernirwmp.com/documents/sbx2_1_bill_20080903_enrolled.pdf
In order for a project to be eligible for this funding, it must be part of a region, covered by an IRWM Plan, which has been accepted and approved by the State for the IRWM grant program. For acceptance guidelines see www.grantsloans.water.ca.gov/docs/IRWM_RAP_Final.pdf.
The Kern River watershed is covered by two proposed IRWM Plan regions, Kern and the Southern Sierra. The dividing line between the two regions is the Kern/Tulare County line. Neither region has been accepted by the State yet. Both have submitted their application, which were due 4/29/09.
Kern Integrated Regional Water Management (Kern IRWMP)
Formally known as the Tulare Lake Basin Portion of Kern County Integrated Regional Water Management Plan, the Kern IRWMP is a collaboration of water agencies, community and government representatives, municipal and special districts, environmental groups, businesses and a variety of other interested parties. The Kern IRWMP seeks to preserve the economic and environmental health of Kern County communities through comprehensive and efficient management of its water resources. See www.kernirwmp.com.
The Kern IRWMP is in the process of developing its Plan for submission to the State. A draft of the plan should be ready by August of 2009 and completed by November. For an outline of the plan see:
The Kern IRWMP is divided into 8 sub-regions, with the Kern River Valley being in the Mountains/Foothills sub-region. The sub-region’s representative on the Kern IRWMP Executive Committee is Bill Miller, of the North of the River Municipal Water District, with Dave Prince as alternate. Bill is also Co-Chair of the Executive Committee.
Stakeholder action needed
Consider becoming a formal stakeholder and sign a TLBKC IRWMP participation agreement
More information may be required at a later date. This form may be printed, filled out by hand and mailed back to Lauren Everett, Kennedy/Jenks Consultants, 1000 Hill Road, Ventura, CA 93003 OR electronically filled out and e-mailed to: LaurenEverett@kennedyjenks.com.
TULARE LAKE BASIN PORTION OF KERN COUNTY CALL FOR PROJECTS Project Identification Short Form below