As part of the ongoing IRWM Plan development process, the Regional Water Management Group holds regular project solicitations to include projects in the IRWM Plan. The projects are intended to implement the goals and objectives of the Plan. The Plan includes two types of projects: concept proposals and implementation projects.
- Concept Proposals: Concept proposals are ideas submitted by stakeholders for projects that are not quite far enough along in their development to be submitted for grant funding. It is the intention that concept proposals will eventually grow into “full-fledged” implementation projects. Concept proposals are not eligible for IRWM grant funds, but are fully reviewed by the Regional Water Management Group to ensure that they meet minimum IRWM Plan standards. Click here to download a list of the Concept Proposals included in the Greater Monterey County IRWM Plan.
- Proposed Implementation Projects: Implementation projects address a multiple of water resource needs in the region, including water supply, water quality, flood management, and environmental resources. Implementation project proposals submitted by stakeholders for inclusion in the IRWM Plan are carefully reviewed by the Regional Water Management Group to ensure that they meet minimum IRWM Plan standards, and are then ranked. The result is a ranked Project List from which the Regional Water Management Group will choose when selecting projects for IRWM grant funds. Click here to download a list of the 2016 proposed Implementation Projects included in the Greater Monterey County IRWM Plan.
Due to the competitive nature of the grant process and to the limited IRWM grant funds available, many of the implementation projects submitted for inclusion in the IRWM Plan will not be put forward for IRWM grant funds. However, these projects are an important part of the long-term water resource strategy that the IRWM Plan lays out, and efforts will be made by the Regional Water Management Group to find alternative sources of funds for projects included in the Plan.