Now Accepting Projects for the IRWM Plan

The Greater Monterey County Regional Water Management Group is now accepting applications from any interested stakeholder who wishes to have project(s) included in the Greater Monterey County Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) Plan. This project solicitation is also a “preliminary call for projects” for the Greater Monterey County Storm Water Resource Plan (SWRP; the SWRP is still under development).

To be eligible for inclusion in the Plan, projects:

  • must be located within the geographic boundaries of the Greater Monterey County IRWM Region (see Region Description on our homepage);
  • must address water resource management issues in the Greater Monterey County Region, including water supply, water quality, flood management, and/or natural resource enhancement; and
  • must be consistent with the Region’s goals and objectives.

The project application deadline is 5:00PM October 6, 2017. Application forms for both implementation projects and concept proposals are available for download at http://www.greatermontereyirwmp.org/documents/solicitation/.

If you have a storm water management project, your project will potentially be eligible for both Proposition 1 IRWM Implementation Grant funds (administered by the Department of Water Resources) and Proposition 1 Storm Water Implementation Grants funds (administered by the State Water Resources Control Board). This is your opportunity to have your project included in both plans. If you would like to be eligible for the next IRWM Implementation Grant, you must submit your project now. If you are only interested in the Storm Water Implementation Grant, you will have another opportunity to submit your project to the SWRP at a later date.

There will be a public workshop on August 30th at the Farm Bureau in Salinas to answer questions about the IRWMP/SWRP combined project solicitation, and to inform you of progress to date on the SWRP.

        DATE: Wednesday, August 30, 2017
        TIME: 2:00PM – 4:00PM
        LOCATION:
        Monterey County Farm Bureau
        1140 Abbott Street, Suite C
        Salinas, CA 93901
        CALL-IN NUMBER: (866) 667-4205
        PASSCODE: 1231265#

Important notice to stakeholders who currently have projects in the IRWM Plan: With this project solicitation, we will be starting an entirely new Project List for the IRWM Plan. All existing projects in the Plan will get removed, and we will create a new Project List from scratch. If you want to keep your project in the Plan, you must submit a new proposal now.

What happens next:

For the IRWM Implementation Grant:

We anticipate that the Department of Water Resources will be releasing the Proposal Solicitation Package (PSP) for Round 1 of Prop 1 IRWM funds in late Fall 2017. Any project proponent who has a project listed in the IRWM Plan and who wishes to apply for Round 1 funds will be invited to submit a second (more detailed) application for consideration by the Regional Water Management Group. The Regional Water Management Group will use the information in that application to determine which projects to put forward in the Region’s application for State grant funds.

Note that the Regional Water Management Group has recently updated its project review process for the IRWM Plan. Click here to download a summary of the revised process, including the new project ranking criteria.

For the Storm Water Implementation Grant:

The SWRP timeline is slightly different from that of the IRWM Plan. We are not sure when the State Water Board will be issuing their PSP for Storm Water Implementation Grant projects – it could be as early as this Fall, but may be several months later. We will keep you posted. There will be a separate project review and ranking process for projects included in the SWRP.

If you have any questions about the application, the project ranking process, or about the IRWM program, please contact Susan Robinson, IRWM Program Director, at srobinsongs@frontier.com or (802) 279-4615. If you have questions specific to the SWRP planning process, please contact John Hunt at jwhunt@ucdavis.edu or (831) 684-1203.

Greater Salinas Area Storm Water Resource Plan

In February 2017, the City of Salinas and Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency completed a Storm Water Resource Plan (SWRP) for a targeted planning area surrounding the City of Salinas. The plan was developed by Kennedy/Jenks Consultants and completed in February 2017. The Greater Salinas Area SWRP was approved by the Greater Monterey County Regional Water Management Group at a Regional Water Management Group meeting on February 15, 2017, and is incorporated into the Greater Monterey County IRWM Plan as an appendix. Click here to download the complete plan.

The Greater Salinas Area SWRP is just the first step in storm water planning for the Greater Monterey County IRWM region. The Regional Water Management Group is currently in the process of developing a SWRP for the entire Greater Monterey County IRWM region, with plan completion expected by May 2018. The larger plan will encompass the Greater Salinas Area SWRP planning area and extend out to the entire geographic IRWM region, and will incorporate aspects of the Greater Salinas Area plan (as appropriate).

For more information, see the news article below!

Greater Monterey County Storm Water Resource Plan

The Greater Monterey County IRWM Region was recently awarded $469,305 in Proposition 1 Storm Water Planning Grant funds from the State Water Resources Control Board to develop a Storm Water Resource Plan for the IRWM Region. The project will provide $477,244 in matching funds.

In November 2014, prior to the passage of Proposition 1, the California Legislature adopted SB 985, the Stormwater Resource Planning Act. SB 985 requires the development of a Storm Water Resource Plan (SWRP) as a condition of receiving funds for storm water and dry weather runoff capture projects from any bond approved by voters after January 2014. The plan must be watershed-based. Upon development of a SWRP, the plan must be incorporated into an IRWM Plan in order for the projects to be eligible for storm water grant funds.

Storm water planning and management on a watershed basis involves collaboration of local governments, utilities, and other stakeholder groups to analyze the hydrology, storm drain/runoff conveyances systems, opportunity sites, and other habitat or community needs within sub-watersheds. The Stormwater Management Planning Act focuses on diverting runoff from existing storm drains, channels, or conveyance structures to sites (particularly publicly owned sites) that can clean, store, infiltrate and/or use the runoff.

Efforts are currently underway to produce a SWRP for the Greater Monterey County IRWM region, with plan completion expected by May 2018. Click here to download the Work Plan.

If you would like to stay informed about the Greater Monterey County SWRP or participate in the planning effort, contact:

Susan Robinson
Greater Monterey County IRWM Program Director
srobinsongs@frontier.com

2017 IRWM Plan Updates

The Greater Monterey County IRWM Region has been awarded $76,935 in Prop 1 IRWM Planning Grant funds to update the IRWM Plan to meet the 2016 IRWM Program Guidelines standards. The plan update began in February 2017 and will conclude by October 2018. Major tasks include:

1. Developing a plan to address arsenic, nitrate, perchlorate, and chromium-VI in communities impacted by these contaminants in the region.

2. Updates to the following sections of the IRWM Plan:

  • Objectives
  • Resource Management Strategies
  • Project Review Process
  • Relation to Local Water Planning
  • Relation to Local Land Use Planning
  • Climate Change

3. Outreach to disadvantaged communities

If you are interested in participating in this planning effort, please contact Susan Robinson at srobinsongs@frontier.com.

Regional Water Management Group Formally Adopts the Greater Monterey County IRWM Plan

The IRWM Plan for the Greater Monterey County region was completed in November 2012. According to the Proposition 84 IRWM Guidelines, each entity that is part of a Regional Water Management Group, as well as each project proponent named in an IRWM Grant application, must formally adopt the Plan. After the Greater Monterey County IRWM Plan was completed, the governing board of each RWMG entity signed a resolution to adopt the IRWM Plan; and at the April 17, 2013 RWMG meeting, the RWMG as an entity voted to formally adopt the IRWM Plan.

Click here to download the IRWM Plan [http://www.greatermontereyirwmp.org/documents/plan/] (the Plan can be downloaded either by chapter or in a single low-resolution PDF file).

The development of the Greater Monterey County IRWM Plan has truly been a collaborative effort. The Greater Monterey County RWMG is a unique RWMG – a diverse, creative, and enthusiastic group of individuals who have worked hard, and are continuing to work hard, to develop local integrated water management solutions to water management problems in the Greater Monterey County region. We can all be proud of the cooperative and collaborative spirit with which this Plan has been written!

If you have questions about the IRWM Plan or about the IRWM planning process in general, contact Susan Robinson, the IRWM Plan Coordinator, at srobinsongs@frontier.com or at (802) 279-4615.