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2018 Plan Update

2018 Plan Update

2018 Draft chapters posted below were updated to be compliant with 2016 IRWM Program Guidelines. Additional chapters will be posted as they are completed. Some chapters had few, if any changes. Others have been substantively changed, as required under the new guidelines. All draft updated language is noted by gray highlighting, allowing for quick review of proposed, updated language.

CH1 ExecutiveSummary DRAFT_3-28-18

The Yuba County Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) planning effort is a formal collaborative process that supports all aspects of water management in the Yuba County IRWM Plan area.

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CH2 Plan Development Process DRAFT__3_28_18

This chapter describes the process by which the 2015 Yuba County Integrated Regional Water Management Plan (Plan) was updated, beginning in June 2017 and extending through xxx 2018.

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CH3 Native American Tribe & Stakeholder Involvement DRAFT_3_12_18lb

Successful implementation of the Yuba County Integrated Regional Water Management Plan (IRWMP) depends on the participation and commitment of the region’s stakeholders. Diverse stakeholder membership is essential to producing integrated projects that address the issues and needs of the region. A primary component of effective stakeholder involvement is to identify and invite not only those organizations that are most likely to participate and are the easiest to reach, but to extend the outreach efforts to a wide variety of interest groups, disadvantaged and under-represented communities, and other regional stakeholders.

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The 2016 Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) Program Guidelines call for consideration of the following specific Disadvantaged Communities (DACs), Environmental Justice (EJ), and Native American Tribal (Tribal) concerns. These include involvement of and collaboration with disadvantaged, Latino and Hmong, and Tribal communities in preparation of the Yuba County IRWM Plan (IRWMP), identification of economic trends and conditions in the watershed that affect these communities, and identification of impacts of Plan implementation that affect disadvantaged, Latino and Hmong, and Tribal communities, with a particular emphasis on issues of environmental justice. These topics are addressed below and help outline a collaborative process that will engage a balance of interest groups.

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CH6 Region Description DRAFT - 3-12-18lb

The Yuba County IRWMP region is situated within California’s north Central Valley, and incorporates all of Yuba County and the lower reaches of the Yuba River watershed (see Figure 6-1). The region extends from about the 4,850-foot elevation in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada to the Sacramento Valley floor, where the Yuba River flows into the Feather River near Marysville. Yuba County encompasses 412,160 acres, or 644 square miles, making the Plan area one of the smallest IRWM planning regions in the state.

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CH7 Water Supply DRAFT - 3_12_18lb

This chapter presents an overview of the water resources setting including the historical and current conditions of water supply. Yuba County’s surface and groundwater water resources are extensive and include the North, Middle, and Lower Yuba; portions of the Feather and Bear River systems; and two major groundwater subbasins: North Yuba and South Yuba. The Lower Yuba is characterized by the 24-mile river reach from below Englebright to the confluence with the Feather at Yuba City. Delivery and management of these resources requires extensive infrastructure and continuous maintenance, which present challenges to local water managers, especially disadvantaged communities, in the region.

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Stakeholders in the Yuba County IRWMP region share a common concern for water quality protection. The Yuba County IRWMP region typically meets and exceeds state and federal regulatory standards, with a few critical exceptions. However, accumulating salts and nitrate in the Central Valley, sediment, mercury, water temperature, and aquatic invasive species require monitoring and intervention to ensure continued high-quality water in the future. This chapter describes water quality problem areas, especially locations with extensive historic mining, which caused degradation in the foothill elevations. Specific strategies for addressing water quality issues are discussed in Chapter 12 Goals, Objectives, Issues, and Conflicts.

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CH10 Water and Land Use Planning DRAFT - KHT 1-19-18

A goal of the IRWMP process is to facilitate communication between land use planners and water managers to better address coordination between land use and planning and regional water plans and issues. The IRWMP must incorporate and be consistent with local water and land use plans to encourage opportunities to implement local goals and policies.

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CH11 Climate Change DRAFT - KHT 1-19-18

The intent of this chapter is to array observed and projected climate trends and impacts affecting or potentially affecting the Yuba County IRWM region. Climate is defined as “[t]he expected average conditions, plus the characteristic range of variability of those conditions.” Climate change, therefore, is the expected degree and amount of variation in climate characteristics as compared to that historic norm. The State Department of Water Resources (DWR) defines climate vulnerability as the “. . . degree to which a system is exposed to, susceptible to, and able to cope with and adapt to, the adverse effects of climate change.” Recent studies on prehistoric climate show prolonged and extensive droughts have occurred in California, but the following section addresses the historic record to better facilitate water management over the 20-year horizon of this Plan.

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CH12 Goals, Objectives, Issues, and Conflicts DRAFT - KHT 1-19-18

This chapter’s purpose is to describe the process by which Plan goals and objectives were developed and their relationship to regional issues and conflicts, mandatory state plans and California Water Code requirements, project development, and performance metrics.

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CH14 Project Application Development and Review__DRAFT_3_28_18

This chapter describes the processes by which projects implementing this Plan are identified, developed, reviewed, and selected for Plan inclusion.

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CH16 Governance DRAFT - 3_12_18

This chapter describes the structures and framework for governing the IRWM Program and Plan within the region, identifies the recruitment strategies used to diversify and balance access and opportunity to participate in Plan preparation and governance, describes how communication and collaboration are fostered with both the public and specific stakeholder groups, and discusses coordination with adjacent IRWM regions. It also describes how Native American Tribal interests will participate in the planning process.

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Implementing the 2008 Plan and its subsequent Updates has already generated and will continue to generate benefits and impacts at the Plan level (sometimes called the programmatic level), and from the project-specific perspective. This chapter describes, at a screening level, the impacts and benefits associated with Plan implementation, as well as any potential interregional effects. The impacts and benefits of Plan implementation for disadvantaged communities (DACs), related environmental justice issues, and Tribal communities are also considered in this chapter.

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Appendix 5-2 Tribal Outreach

Tribal Participation in the 2018 Integrated Regional Water Management Plan (IRWMP) Update, Yuba County, California

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Appendix 14-1 Proj. Solic. Form_3_28_18

The Yuba County IRWM region is accepting projects to be considered for inclusion in the IRWMP Update. For your project(s) to be considered for inclusion, you need to complete this Project Solicitation Form, even if you have a project in the existing Plan.

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