Success Stories

  • Connections:  Formed in the North Coast IRWM Region, The North Coast Resource Partnership (NCRP) is a long-term, innovative and successful collaboration among Northern California Tribes, counties, water and wastewater service providers, resource conservation districts, private landowners, businesses, cities, and environmental and agricultural groups to enhance the quality of life in the North Coast.

  • Planning:  One Water One Watershed (OWOW) is an innovative planning process for the Santa Ana River Watershed IRWM that integrates water resource management with various disciplines such as land use planning, groundwater management, flood control, and natural resource management – and serves as the region’s IRWM Plan.

  • Disadvantaged Communities:  Mojave Water Agency’s Small Water System (SWS) Assistance Program developed through the Mojave IRWM Plan, has leveraged over $2.3 million to support disadvantaged and severely disadvantaged SWSs that lack the technical, managerial and financial resources to test for and detect leaks, certify and train operators, support consolidation efforts and address water quality standards through Maximum Contaminant Load (MCL) treatment projects.

  • Communications:  Inyo-Mono IRWM has developed a video, Living in the Rain Shadow, that identifies how rural communities in the Eastern Sierra have benefited from IRWM. The video can be seen at:

  • Collaboration:  San Diego IRWM has funded two phases of a project that brought together 10 water and wastewater agencies on a regional project to improve connectivity between individual recycled water facilities in North San Diego County. The project will increase use of recycled water by allowing it to be distributed across the North County region and will produce an estimated 6,790 acre-feet of recycled water annually. The project benefits include reducing imported water dependency, decreasing discharge of recycled water to the ocean and reducing energy consumption from pumping imported water.

  • Watershed FocusWatersheds Coalition of Ventura County IRWM is structured based on a watershed approach; the governance structure includes 3 semi-independent watershed groups, a leadership committee including 2 representatives from each watershed; and the general membership inclusive of all stakeholders in the region.  Each watershed group addresses the unique needs and interests of its stakeholders and water resource characteristics in planning and project identification.  Ultimately decisions are made by the full regional group, balancing the needs and goals of each watershed with those of the entire region.

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