The public is invited to attend the next Regional Water Action Group meeting and learn more about the Upper Sacramento, McCloud, and Lower Pit Integrated Regional Water Management Plan update that is being prepared to meet state standards.

The meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Feb. 26 at The River Exchange, 5727 Dunsmuir Avenue in Dunsmuir.

The following information was distributed in a press release last week:

In October 2017, The River Exchange was awarded an $86,500 grant by the California Department of Water Resources to update the Upper Sacramento, McCloud, and Lower Pit Integrated Regional Water Management Plan consistent with revised state funding guidelines.

Compliance with state guidelines is necessary to ensure that local governments, Tribes, and non-governmental organizations within the Upper Sacramento, McCloud, and Lower Pit Region remain eligible for competitive grant funding through California’s IRWM program. The program, which is administered by the Department of Water Resources, provides access to funds generated by state water bonds for critical water infrastructure projects.

The current IRWM Plan was completed in 2014 in compliance with California’s 2012 IRWM grant program guidelines. Since that time, nearly $8.8 million in grant funding has been awarded for water supply reliability, data collection, and habitat conservation projects in the region.

Those funds have resulted in significant and much needed water infrastructure improvements in the cities of Dunsmuir and Mt. Shasta, mostly water main replacements.

In 2016, the state’s funding guidelines were revised to encourage information sharing and collaboration, ensure IRWM plans incorporate additional climate change considerations, improve Tribal representation in watershed governance, and address known water quality issues.

In an effort led by The River Exchange, the Upper Sacramento, McCloud, and Lower Pit Integrated Regional Water Action Group is preparing an update of the region’s IRWM Plan to meet state standards. The group is a collaborative entity that has been coordinating Municipal, Tribal and NGO stakeholder interests in regional water management since its formation in 2013.

To learn more about the collaboration, and sign-up to stay informed about opportunities for engagement, visit www.uppersacirwm.org.