Recommendations for sustaining and strengthening Integrated Regional Water Management
On March 2017, the California Department of Water Resources released a report based on extensive input from IRWM Practitioners and other Stakeholders on the actions needed to foster the long-term future of Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM). The report outlines the successes of IRWM to date, its future, and Stakeholder visions for sustaining and strengthening IRWM.
The report opines that the future of IRWM is dependent on the continued investment and support from federal, State, and local agencies and California Native American Tribes as well as increased public recognition and appreciation of IRWM. The report also notes that IRWM regions can serve as the primary “building blocks” for integrated water management at larger scales. Additionally, due to the collaborative nature of IRWMs,
IRWMs can potentially serve as a suitable forum and framework to help Groundwater Sustainability Agencies achieve integration and sustainable groundwater management.
The report offers 71 actions needed to sustain and strengthen the practice of IRWM. The actions are categorized into 4 strategies including:
Improve alignment with government policies, regulations, and programs;
Strengthen practices to meet regional and statewide water management challenges;
Improve services by DWR to better meet the needs of IRWM regions; and
Communicate value to increase understanding about the nature, value, and successes of IRWM among the public, elected representatives, and resource management professionals.
The report is available by clicking here.