About the Roundtable
The Roundtable of Regions (Roundtable) is an all volunteer forum of IRWM "regions" engaged in preparing and implementing Integrated Regional Water Management Plans. The Roundtable is an opportunity to network, share ideas and provide feedback to the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) on the IRWM program.
Roundtable Members represent the 48 IRWM Regions
More than 130 Roundtable members represent the 48 IRWM Regional Water Management Groups (RWMGs) throughout the state. For more than eleven years, Roundtable members have been actively engaged in preparing and implementing IRWM plans, applying for and administering IRWM grants, and integrating IRWM activities with other local, state, and federal programs at the local level. Functionally, the Roundtable serves as an association of professionals engaged in IRWM activities.
Since 2004 when the Roundtable formed, members have participated in numerous conference calls and summits, and the Roundtable has conducted four comprehensive surveys of the membership. These activities provide an opportunity for members to share successes and challenges and to advise DWR regarding the IRWM grant programs.
One important role played by the Roundtable in recent years was participation in the development of a strategic plan for the future of IRWM, developed by DWR with the help of a focus group. Five members of the Roundtable participated on the focus group established to guide development of this IRWM Strategic Plan. In May 2015, DWR released a document (titled Conference Exhibit) that contained highlights from the IRWM Strategic Plan that were presented at the IRWM 2.0 Conference in San Diego. The full IRWM Strategic Plan has yet to be publicly released. This Strategic Plan could play an important role in determining the future level of support for IRWM at the statewide level and the Roundtable strongly supports its release.