Southern Sierra Regional Water Management
The final, approved Southern Sierra Integrated Regional Water Management Plan is available for review.
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.