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East Stanislaus Regional Water Management

The East Stanislaus Regional Water Management Partnership (ESRWMP) was formed in 2011 to create the East Stanislaus Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) planning region and began the planning process. The purpose of an IRWM Plan is to:

  • Develop regional understanding
  • Identify water resources solutions
  • Reflect the regional needs
  • Maximize benefits through integration of water management strategies
  • Leverage regional resources through partnerships
  • Be eligible for State funding through the IRWM grant program

The Region’s first IRWM Plan, created in 2013, is currently being updated in order to comply with updated State guidelines for IRWM Plans, which were released in 2016. The Region was awarded a Proposition 1 (Prop 1) planning grant of $147,000 from the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) in order to help fund the update process. The main purpose of the IRWM update is for the Region to identify projects and measures to be implemented to meet the Region's goals. In addition, the updated IRWM plan will achieve the following objectives:

  • Comply with Prop 1 IRWM Guidelines and Plan Standards
  • Address new legislation requirements, including Senate Bill (SB) 985, Assembly Bill (AB) 1249, and AB 52
  • Reflect current conditions and water resources-related work completed in the region since completion of the original IRWMP in 2013.

Help Shape the Future

As of September 2018, the ESRWMP has completed work on an updated IRWM Plan. Successful Plan implementation and management needs continuous input from Stakeholders, including:

  • Water and Wastewater Agencies
  • Cities and Counties
  • Environmental Stewardship Groups
  • Public Groups
  • Private Organizations
  • Members of the Public

The Public Draft comment period for the East Stanislaus IRWMP Update was opened in December 2017, ending January 22, 2018.  The Draft Plan was submitted to DWR in April 2018 and received approval in July. The Final Plan is moving forward for adoption by Partnership agencies and is available on the Documents page. If you have any questions, please call Jim Alves, Associate Civil Engineer in the Water Resources Engineering Group of the Utilities Department, City of Modesto at (209) 571-5557, weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

You can participate at the various local IRWM planning meetings or provide comments, questions, or inquiries by visiting the Contact Us page. The next Steering Committee meeting is October 3, 2018. For more information about meetings, including meeting materials from the Steering Committee meetings, visit the Participation page.

The ESRWMP is seeking your participation! Please see the Public Advisory Committee (PAC) participation page for the next meeting date. Any interested parties are invited to participate in the PAC. PAC meetings are meant to encourage discussion and collaboration among all parties.

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Local Agencies and Stakeholders

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