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Yuba County Water Agency (YCWA) is acting as the applicant for a $3.7 million grant to support needs assessments and water management projects in disadvantaged communities throughout the Sacramento Region Funding Area/SRFA (see Map). 

The SRFA consists of the following IRWM regions: Upper Sacramento-McCloud, Upper Pit River Watershed, North Sacramento Valley, Westside (Yolo, Solano, Napa, Lake, Colusa), Yuba County and American River Basin. A representative from each of these IRWM regions participated in the creation of the successful application to DWR for an extensive outreach, engagement and capacity-building exercise for the Funding Area as a whole.   

Work funded under his three-year grant began in August 2017 with infrastructure-related Needs Assessments in all 94 DAC Places identified in the various Regions’ current IRWMP. Once the Needs Assessments are developed, then technical assistance and project development needs can be systematically addressed.



On May 6, 2015, the 2015 IRWMP was unanimously adopted by the RWMG

As mentioned above, another update to the IRWM to make it compliant with 2016 IRWM Guidelines is currently being prepared.

Once the updated document is finalized in spring 2018, the project team will notify the RWMG membership and interested parties/stakeholders, so that adoption of the new document by interested entities can take place. Stakeholder adoption both confirms the entities' concurrence with the Plan content and makes those entities eligible for future IRWM-based funding.

Others in the region may contact the team at or via phone at 530/823-1310 to ask for electronic (i.e., CD) copies of the document, arrange for presentations to their boards or governing bodies in  support of adoption, or to ask any questions about the process or the document. .



During the last round of Prop 84 Implementation Grant funding in 2015, the RWMG identified the Gold Village Comprehensive Water Sustainability Project as the focus of a funding grant application. The Gold Village Project was successfully funded for $1.2 million and is currently being implemented.

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Next Steps for the Plan – A 2018 IRWMP Update
  • In 2016, Department of Water Resources (DWR) updated the IRWM Guidelines, requiring that any IRWM region that wants to pursue future funding opportunities must bring its Plan into compliance with the new guidelines.
  • In 2018, the Yuba County IRWMP will undergo updates to make it consistent with the 2016 Guidelines and to ensure eligibility of Yuba County IRWM projects for DWR Implementation Grant funding cycles.
  • The next round of IRWMP Implementation funding grant applications (via Proposition 1) will be accepted by DWR in late 2018 or early 2019. It will be the task of the Regional Water Management Group (RWMG) to select which of those projects (of those included in the adopted Plan) will be put forward for this upcoming round of funding.

Upcoming Events

  • Updated chapters for the Plan are being posted as they are prepared, with all chapters posted by mid-February, 2018. An RWMG meeting to adopt the Plan update will likely be held in the fall of 2018, following interim reviews and ongoing project development.
  • The IRWM team will be meeting with each of the IRWM members throughout 2017 and mid-2018, to ensure that any new or revised projects are included in the Plan prior to its adoption. Inclusion of a project in the Plan is a mandatory aspect of DWR Implementation Grant funding eligibility.
  • As always, the funding round will be competitive across the Sacramento River Funding Area (see a detailed description and map of the Funding Areas here).