Prop 50 Round 2 IRWM Implementation Grant
The Water Security, Clean Drinking Water, Coastal and Beach Protection Act (Proposition 50) was passed by California voters in November of 2002. Chapter 8 of the Act established the Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) Program, which is intended to promote integrated management of regional water resources to ensure sustainable water uses, reliable water supplies, better water quality, environmental stewardship, efficient urban development, protection of agriculture, and a strong economy in the State of California.
The Proposition 50 IRWM Program was jointly administered by the California Department of Water Resources (CDWR) and the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB). To be eligible for IRWM grant funding through Prop 50, water resource managers throughout the State were asked to form geopolitical planning regions based on watershed boundaries and on overlapping water resource management issues, and to involve stakeholders in integrating water supply, water quality, ecosystem, and flood control issues into their water resources planning and projects.
In accordance with the IRWM Program, the Kings Basin Integrated Regional Water Management Plan (IRWMP) was developed by a collection of Kings Basin agencies, stakeholders and individuals to improve coordination and collaboration on regional water management. The IRWMP for the Kings Basin Water Authority (Authority) was originally prepared under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in 2007, and updated in 2012 under a Joint Powers Authority (JPA) to satisfy new State standards for IRWMPs.
Both versions of the IRWMP contain a Project List in which projects are identified based on the primary IRWMP Regional Goals (RGs) and Management Objectives (MOs) that they are designed to meet. The Kings Basin projects funded under the Proposition 50 Round 2 IRWM Implementation Grant Program were considered high priority by the region’s stakeholders, and were implemented in order to help meet RGs of the 2007 IRWMP.
As the fiscal and administrative agent for the IRWMG, Kings River Conservation Distrcit (KRCD) was awarded $6,064,375 which was eventually leveraged to complete in excess of $18,000,000 in implementation work tied to three projects. The grant agreement between KRCD and State Water Resources Control Board was executed in December 15, 2008. All work was completed by September 30, 2013.