Southern Sierra Regional Water Management
NOTICE OF INTENT TO PREPARE AN INTEGRATED REGIONAL WATER MANAGEMENT PLAN
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Southern Sierra Integrated Regional Water Management Group (Group) will prepare an update to its adopted 2014 Integrated Regional Water Management Plan (IRWMP). This update is prepared in accordance with the updated State of California Department of Water Resources IRWMP Guidelines. The IRWMP will include groundwater, surface water, and other water management goals, objectives and identify strategies and projects to implement the IRWMP in a consensus-seeking basis model.
The Group currently includes 18 Members (participants who have signed the MOU) and over 150 Stakeholders (participating but have not signed the MOU). A map of the Southern Sierra IRWM, as well as a list of each of the Members and stakeholders can be found at the Group's website: www.southernsierrarwmg.org
The Regional Water Management Group formed as a group of agencies, non-profits and landowners and other interested stakeholders. Stakeholders who wish to provide input to the IRWMP may do so by submitting a written letter to Bobby Kamansky, Regional Water Management Group Coordinator, Sequoia Riverlands Trust, 428 S. Garden Street, Visalia, California 93277. Quarterly meetings will be held in June, September to review updated chapters.
This Notice has been prepared in accordance with Government Code 6066 requirements. Following completion of preparation of the IRWMP, the Group, as well as each member entity, will adopt the IRWMP. Prior to adoption, a Notice of Intent to Adopt the IRWMP will be properly noticed in accordance with Government Code 6066
The final, adopted, 2014 Southern Sierra Integrated Regional Water Management Plan is available.
The Southern Sierra region of California is a land of extremes. Encompassing more than 6,000 square miles in the foothills and mountains east of the San Joaquin Valley, the region is home to the world’s largest trees and the tallest mountain peaks in the continental United States. The region’s headwaters irrigate hundreds of thousands of acres of farmland in the nation’s top-producing counties. Sequoia and Kings National Parks, Sequoia and Sierra National Forests, and Devils Post Pile National Monument attract more than two million visitors each year to walk among ancient trees, alpine lakes, and resplendent mountain meadows.
The Southern Sierra Regional Water Management Group (SSRWMG), a group of diverse stakeholder interests, formed in 2008 to take a collaborative, integrated approach to managing the region’s water resources with regard to sustaining the splendor of its natural resources and the quality and quantity of water downstream. The SSRWMG is the governing body responsible for implementing the Southern Sierra Integrated Regional Water Management Plan (SSIRWMP).
The SSIRWMP is the first integrated planning effort in the Southern Sierra region. The SSIRWMP is a voluntary, non-regulatory planning document that identifies broadly-supported water management goals and objectives that provide a framework within which to address issues such as water supply, water quality, habitat and environment, recreation, and land use.
The SSIRWMP is a tool that promotes coordination and collaboration among and between local agencies, non-profits, and governments. It is informed by sound science, best available data, and other planning documents in the region. Read more.