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San Luis Obispo County Integrated Regional Water Management Plan To Be Updated

Post Date:06/30/2017 8:37 AM

Members of the public are invited to participate in workshops throughout San Luis Obispo County. Input gathered from the workshops will be used to update the San Luis Obispo County Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) Plan, which seeks to create a unified framework among San Luis Obispo County stakeholders for sustainable water resources management.

The County of San Luis Obispo, together with Regional Water Management Group (RWMG) members, will host a workshop on July 10, 2017 at the San Luis Obispo City/County Library Community Room at 995 Palm Street from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM.

Each workshop will focus on presenting the planning process to update the current IRWM Plan and inviting agencies, organizations, and individuals to identify and discuss the important water issues in their communities. The update of the IRWM Plan will be prepared with grant funding awarded by the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) under Proposition 1. The IRWM Plan is intended to promote and implement strategies to ensure sustainable water uses, reliable water supplies, better water quality, enhanced groundwater reliability, environmental stewardship, efficient urban development, protection of agricultural, drought preparedness, and watershed awareness.

Help identify the most critical water issues locally and where the IRWM's efforts should be focused by filling out this online survey.

The IRWM Plan, which was originally prepared in 2005 and updated in 2007 and 2014, includes projects and programs that are designed to meet the region’s needs for water supply reliability, environmental protection, water quality, groundwater protection, and flood protection. Since the adoption of the Plan, several projects have been completed and new projects have been identified.

Over $22 million of grant funding has been awarded through the IRWM program to support local projects. The Plan will be updated to meet the new state requirements to facilitate improved planning and ensure that projects are eligible for IRWM program funding. The update and adoption process is expected to be completed by April 2018.

For more information about the IRWM Plan, please visit http://slocountywater.org/irwm

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