Upper Santa Clara River Watershed
Integrated Regional Water Management Plan

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What constitutes an IRWMP?
  2. What is Proposition 50?
  3. What types of projects are eligible for funding?
  4. What is integrated planning?
  5. How can a city or individual water agency be able to put together a regional plan?
  6. Why should I get involved?

What constitutes an IRWMP?

Proposition 50 states that IRWMPs should include a description of the region and participants, regional objectives and priorities, water management strategies, implementation, impacts and benefits, data management, financing, stakeholder involvement, relationship to local planning, and state and federal coordination.

What is Proposition 50?

Proposition 50 was passed by California voters in November 2002, authorizing $3.4 billion general obligation bonds to fund a variety of specified water and wetlands projects. It set aside $380 million for IRWMP related grants. Proposition 50 is jointly administered by the California Department of Water Resources and the State Water Resources Control Board.

Proposition 84 Funding

Authorizes 5.4 billion in general obligation bonds, payable from the state's General fund, to fund projects relating to safe drinking water, water quality and supply, flood control, waterway and natural resource protection, water pollution and contamination control, state and local park improvements, public access in natural resources, and conservation efforts. Provides funding for emergency drinking water, and exempts such expenditures from public contract and procurement requirements to ensure immediate action for public safety.

What types of projects are eligible for funding?

Proposition 50 seeks to fund projects that utilize multiple strategies resulting in multiple benefits. Proposition 50 guidelines highlight improved water supply reliability, long-term attainment and maintenance of water quality standards, eliminated or reduced pollution in impaired water and sensitive habitat areas, planning and implementation of multipurpose flood control programs, and drinking water and water quality projects that serve disadvantaged communities. More importantly, having an IRWMP in place for the Upper Santa Clara Region would make the region more competitive for funding beyond Proposition 50. Integrated regional planning is the model for future funding in California.

What is integrated planning?

Integrated planning involves local agencies and interest groups working together to coordinate planning activities across jurisdictional boundaries. In this regional approach, individual agencies' efforts are combined in order to leverage resources and meet multiple water resource needs at the same time. For instance, water supply, water quality, and habitat projects might be combined with a flood control project in a manner that benefits a much larger area than the original jurisdiction. The result is a multi-objective approach that multiplies the benefits of any individual agency's single project.

How can a city or individual water agency be able to put together a regional plan?

The IRWM Grant Program is designed to provide funding to integrated regional efforts; therefore, individual cities or agencies that are not participating in a regional effort may not be able to compete for funding.

Why should I get involved?

Ensuring an open, transparent process is essential to developing the Upper Santa Clara Region IRWMP that is sustainable and implementable. Ongoing public participation at every stage of the plan development process will help ensure all the key issues are addressed and build the foundation for broad-based support of the IRWMP.