Current Activities

Implementation Grant (Round 1): The Greater Monterey County Regional Water Management Group received a total of $4,139,009 in Implementation Grant funds from Round 1 of the Proposition 84 IRWM Implementation Grant Program to implement seven water resource management projects for the region. To read more about the Implementation Grant, go to the Implementation Grant page.

Planning Grant (Round 1): In December 2010, the Greater Monterey County Regional Water Management Group was awarded an IRWM Planning Grant through Proposition 84 totaling $775,264. The purpose of the grant was to complete the IRWM Plan for the Greater Monterey County region according to Proposition 84 standards and to provide much-needed support for the overall planning process, including the following:

  • Support for a part-time IRWM Plan Coordinator to coordinate all IRWM planning tasks.
  • Increased outreach and participation of disadvantaged communities and Native American tribes in the IRWM planning process.
  • Development of a “tool” to help project proponents and other water resource managers analyze greenhouse gas emissions on both the project level and the regional level.
  • Development of a process (called “Water Resource Project Coordination”) to reconcile conflicting projects submitted for inclusion in the Plan. For more information, see below.
  • Establishment of a comprehensive data management system with potential for expansion and use for the entire Central Coast region. Click here to download the report, “Greater Monterey County IRWM Assessment of Water Quality Monitoring Programs and Data Gaps.”
  • Support for increased stakeholder outreach and participation, including public workshops and website development
  • Development of an economic feasibility analysis tool for project proponents

The Greater Monterey County IRWM Plan was completed and approved by the Regional Water Management Group in April 2013 (to download the IRWM Plan go to the Complete Plan page). Additional Planning Grant tasks, including development of an economic analysis tool, implementation of the Water Resource Project Coordination Process, and development of a greenhouse gas emissions tool, are still underway and are expected to be completed by end of 2013.

Water Resource Project Coordination Process: The Greater Monterey County Regional Water Management Group received Round 1 Planning Grant funds to develop a process called “Water Resource Project Coordination” (WRPC). The WRPC process is intended to create a forum for project coordination and reconciliation where potential conflicts exist, in an environment that is respectful, positive, and collaborative. The process is based on a joint fact-finding approach where project proponents and stakeholders, led by a professional facilitator, come together to discuss projects, identify potential conflicts and potential areas for collaboration and expansion, identify areas of agreement and disagreement, and negotiate an approach for resolving conflicts. The WRPC process is intended to strengthen the projects that have been submitted for inclusion the IRWM Plan by eliminating conflicts and increasing project integration, and to potentially identify opportunities for new collaborative projects in the region. To read more about the WRPC process, go to the WRPC page.

Outreach to Disadvantaged Communities: The Greater Monterey County Regional Water Management Group is actively pursuing outreach to disadvantaged communities in the region in order to assess water-related problems and to involve members of disadvantaged communities, and of Native American Tribes, in the IRWM planning process. This effort is being led by three Regional Water Management Group members – Environmental Justice Coalition for Water (EJCW), Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC), and San Jerardo Cooperative, Inc. – in collaboration with California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA). Click here to download the Disadvantaged Communities Outreach Plan. Click here to download the Disadvantaged Community and Tribal Needs Assessment.