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The Public Draft 2019 IRWM Plan - Phase 1 is now available!

The Public Draft 2019 IRWM Plan – Phase 1 is available for public review from August 17 – September 14, 2018. All comments must be submitted to Mark Stadler, IRWM Program Manager, at by Friday September 14, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

2019 IRWM Plan
Since 2017, regional stakeholders have been participating in an update to the 2013 IRWM Plan, referred to as the 2019 IRWM Plan. The 2019 IRWM Plan is required for eligibility under the Proposition 1 IRWM Grant Program and includes updates from projects and planning documents published since 2013. The 2019 IRWM Plan will allow the Region to focus on updated priorities and issues, facilitate project integration, forge partnerships with a variety of stakeholders, and move the Region forward in implementing high-priority projects.

The 2019 IRWM Plan Update is taking place in two phases. This phasing reflects the need to complete certain IRWM Plan updates prior to the first round of Proposition 1 IRWM grant funding. The 2019 IRWM Plan Update – Phase 1 (Phase 1) addresses the State’s 2016 IRWM Guidelines. Phase 1 also incorporates the 2017 San Diego Region Storm Water Resource Plan, new climate change science, and the 2015 Urban Water Management Plans. The 2019 IRWM Plan – Phase 1 is scheduled to be finalized in December 2018.

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Public Draft 2019 IRWM Plan - Phase 1
We welcome your review comments on Phase 1 of the Public Draft 2019 IRWM Plan. You may access the public draft by clicking on the following links. For individual chapters and appendices, use the links in the table below. To open the Plan documents, you will need Adobe Reader.

All comments must be submitted to Mark Stadler, IRWM Program Manager, at by September 14, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

Public Draft 2019 IRWM Plan - Phase 1 (compiled)

Plan Standards Review Tool

IRWM Plan Cover, Acknowledgements, and Table of Contents Appendix 3-A – Beneficial Use Designations
Chapter 1 – Introduction
Appendix 3-B – Surface and Groundwater Quality Objectives
Chapter 2 – Vision and Objectives Appendix 3-C – 303(d) Impaired waters
Chapter 3 – Region Description Appendix 3-D – Endangered and Threatened Species
Chapter 4 – Tribal Nations of San Diego County Appendix 4-A – Tribal Water Stories
Chapter 5 – Watershed Characterizations Appendix 6-A – RWMG Memorandum of Understanding
Chapter 6 – Governance and Stakeholder Involvement
Appendix 6-B – RAC Charter
Chapter 7 – Regional Coordination Appendix 6-C – IRWM Stakeholder Outreach
Chapter 8 – Resource Management Strategies Appendix 6-D – Formal Comment Letters and Stakeholder Comments on 2013 Draft IRWM Plan
Chapter 9 – Project Evaluation and Prioritization Appendix 7-A – Regulatory Workgroup Report
Chapter 10 – Data and Technical Analysis Appendix 7-B – Integrated Flood Management Planning Study
Chapter 11 – Framework for Implementation Appendix 7-C – Land Use Planning Study
IRWM Plan Back Cover Appendix 7-D – Climate Change Planning Studies

2019 IRWM Plan Vision, Mission, Goals, and Objectives

IRWM Plan Vision
In recognition of these themes, the RWMG and RAC developed the following vision statement to provide overall direction to the Region's IRWM planning approach:

An integrated, balanced, and consensus-based approach to ensuring the long-term sustainability of the Region's water supply, water quality, and natural resources.

IRWM Plan Mission
The RWMG and RAC developed the following mission statement for IRWM planning within the Region:

To develop and implement an integrated strategy to guide the Region toward protecting, managing, and developing reliable and sustainable water resources. Through a stakeholder-driven and adaptive process, the Region can develop solutions to water-related issues and conflicts that are economically and environmentally preferable, and that provide equitable resource protection for the entire Region.

IRWM Plan Goals
In accordance with the Plan Vision and Mission, the RWMG and stakeholders developed the following five IRWM Plan goals:

  1. Improve the reliability and sustainability of regional water supplies.
  2. Protect and enhance water quality.
  3. Protect and enhance our watersheds and natural resources.
  4. Enhance resiliency to climate change for local water resources.
  5. Promote and support sustainable integrated water resource management.
IRWM Plan Objectives
Through a series of facilitated public workshops and facilitated RAC meetings, the RWMG, RAC, and regional stakeholders developed the following ten specific IRWM Plan objectives to accomplish the five IRWM Plan goals: