- Last Updated: 24 August 2015
Madera Region Regional Water Management Group
What is an Integrated Regional Water Management Plan?
An IRWM Plan is a voluntary and comprehensive non-regulatory planning document prepared on a region-wide scale that identifies broadly-supported priority water resources projects and programs with multiple benefits. The process of creating an IRWM Plan is locally-driven and includes input from many diverse stakeholders. An IRWM Plan investigates a broad spectrum of water resources issues including water supply, flood management, water quality, environmental restoration, recreation, land use, environmental justice, stakeholder involvement, and far reaching community and statewide interests. A key difference in IRWM Plans (as compared to other planning documents) is that IRWM Plans integrate multiple water management strategies to solve multiple priority challenges. IRWM Plans can help attract state and other funding to support regional projects. Millions of dollars have been allocated for IRWM Planning by the state through propositions 50 and 84. Grants are awarded through the California Department of Water Resources (DWR).
Who is the Madera Region Regional Water Management Group?
The Madera Region has the exact borders of Madera County – This Region was approved by the State Department of Water Resources on June 6, 2011.
- Mission Statement
The mission of the Regional Water Management Group (RWMG) will facilitate future coordination, collaboration, and communication for comprehensive management of water resources in the Madera Region. Through the mutual understanding among entities in the Madera Region regarding their joint efforts toward Integrated Regional Water Management we will ensure governance, development, planning, funding, and implementation to make certain that optimal and affordable water supplies & facilities are available now and in the future to sustain this region and its responsible growth.
- Signatory Members of the Madera Region RWMG
- Chowchilla Red Top Resource Conservation District
- Chowchilla Water District
- City of Chowchilla
- Coarsegold Resource Conservation District
- Gravelly Ford Water District
- Madera County
- Madera County Special Districts
- Madera Irrigation District
- Madera Valley Water Company
- Madera Water District
- North Fork – Mono Rancheria
- Root Creek Water District
- SEMCU – South East Madera Citizens United
- Yosemite/Sequoia Resource Conservation and Development Council
- MOUs with our adjacent IRWM Regions:
- Southern Sierra Integrated Regional Water Management Group
- Yosemite/Mariposa Regional Water Management Group
- Merced Integrated Regional Water Management Group
- Inyo-Mono IRWMP – Devil’s Postpile National Monument
- Westside-San Joaquin RWMG – (pending signature)
- Kings River IRWM
- Timeline of Accomplishments
- In 2006 the County of Madera began the process of developing on IRWMP
- IRWM Plan was completed for the Madera Region under Prop 50 on April 14, 2008. This is a complete plan under the Prop 50 Standards that includes both the foothill and the valley areas – creating many new partnerships and involvement. The stakeholders understand the importance of both areas within the region.
- On November 24, 2009, the Madera County Water Advisory Commission created the Formation Committee to create the Regional Water Management Group.
- January 2, 2010 the RWMG for the Madera Region was officially formed.
- 2011/2012 - Round 1 Implementation Grant was granted for the full amount of the award - $9,413,947.00
Project #1 – Ash Slough Arundo and Sediment Removal
Project #2 – Cottonwood Creek, Dry Creek, & Berenda Creek - Arundo and Sediment Removal
Project #3 – Root Creek Recharge Project
Project #4 – Fuel Reduction for Forest Health & Fire Safety in the Sierra National Forest (The first Forest Management Project funded as part of an IRWM which recognizes Watershed Health as a whole.)
- 2012/2013 – Received recommendation for full funding, $271,438.00, for the Round 2 Planning Grant to update the IRWM Plan to Proposition 84 standards
- June 25, 2014 Received approval of Formal Amendment 2 to relocate Project #2 from Cottonwood Creek, Dry Creek, & Berenda Creek to Berenda Slough and an extension of Ash Slough.
- Future Milestones/Goals
- Formalize the Governance structure regarding the roles and responsibilities of the RWMG’s Project Manager/Coordinator, as well as stakeholders and voting members.
- Conduct successful outreach to DACs that results in the addition of DAC stakeholders and/or members to the RWMG, and inclusion of DAC water quality and wastewater issues in the Plan’s project list.
- Begin the process of updating the current Plan (receive the Planning Grant) to Proposition 84 standards by identifying items needed to update and improve the Plan before we engage the services of a consultant.
Regional Water Management Group 2015 Meeting Calendar
Meetings are held the second Monday of each month at 1:30 in the afternoon. Notices will be sent out if there are any changes.
Dates and Locations are Listed below.
- January 12, 2015 - Oakhurst
- February 9, 2015 - Chowchilla
- March 9, 2015 - Madera
- April 13, 2015 - Oakhurst
- May 11, 2015 - Chowchilla
- June 8, 2015 - Madera
- July 13, 2015 - Oakhurst
- August 10, 2015 - Chowchilla
- September 14, 2015 - Madera
- October 12, 2015 - Oakhurst
- November: Combined with December meeting.
- November 9, 2015 - Chowchilla
Oakhurst Location and Directions:
Oakhurst Library, Conference Room, 49044 Civic Circle Drive, Oakhurst, CA Directions: From Fresno take 41 North into Oakhurst; Turn right at the second light (Road 426); turn right at the light (Civic Circle Drive); follow to the last driveway on the left. Turn left and the conference room is at the end of the driveway.
Chowchilla Location and Directions:
Chowchila City Hall (aka Civic Center), 130 S. Second Street, Chowchilla - in the Training Room. Directions: Highway 99 to Robertson Blvd. - Go west to Second Street and make a Left - The City Hall is on the Right. Access the Training Room thru doors located on alley side of the building closest to Third Street (not Second Street). Parking is along Third Street or along Trinity Avenue or in Second Street Parking lot. However, you will enter thru doors in alleyway closest to Third Street.
Madera Location and Direction:
Madera Irrigation District Offices, 12152 Road 28 1/4, Madera, CA 559-673-3514. Directions: Highway 99 to Avenue 12. - Go west 28 1/4 make a right; the MID offices are the first building on the left.
Madera IRWM Disadvantaged Community (DAC) Group