The State of California defines integrated regional water management (IRWM) as “a collaborative effort to identify and implement water management solutions on a regional scale that increase regional self-reliance, reduce conflict, and manage water to concurrently achieve social, environmental, and economic objectives.This approach delivers higher value for investments by considering all interests, providing multiple benefits, and working across jurisdictional boundaries. Examples of multiple benefits include improved water quality, better flood management, restored and enhanced ecosystems, and more reliable surface and groundwater supplies.”
The State provides funding and program guidelines to support IRWM efforts throughout California. The Santa Clara Valley Water District participates in two IRWM efforts: the San Francisco Bay Area IRWM and the Pajaro River Watershed IRWM. The district also participates in updates to the California Water Plan, which provides strategic direction for integrated water management.