East County Water Management Association

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East Contra Costa County Integrated Regional Water Management Program

Delta Diablo (District) is a member agency of the East County Water Management Association, which was formed in 1997 as a regional partnership of eleven agencies working together on water management issues.  Through this regional partnership, members have collaborated with stakeholders and other agencies to develop an East Contra Costa County Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) program.  IRWM involves multiple agencies, stakeholders, individuals, and groups working together to manage all aspects of water resources in a region.  This collaborative effort supports integrated regional strategies for management of water supply, wastewater treatment, stormwater management, flood control, watershed protection, and habitat conservation.

The East County agencies have successfully worked together to create a 2013 update to the IRWM plan, which identifies projects to address water management issues specific to the East County Region.  The District adopted this plan at the December 2013 Board meeting.

This collaborative effort has helped to secure significant grant funding for the region.  In 2007, the region was awarded $12.5M through Proposition 50 for several projects. Subsequent funding through Proposition 84 provided $900,000 for IRWM planning activities (~$450,000 for Round 1 and for Round 2 Planning grants) and $1.775M for two implementation projects.  Inclusion in the IRWM Plan has also allowed some of the participating agencies to receive $15 million under Proposition 1E for flood control and stormwater management.  East County IRWM work has resulted in a total of $ 30.2M in state funding, enabling East Contra Costa agencies to leverage local funding to maximize benefits for our residents and ratepayers.  The public is encouraged to participate in IRWM planning and can find additional information at www.eccc-irwm.org.

District recycled water projects have received a funding boost from state grants through the IRWM program, resulting in 1,100 acre-feet of recycled water being available for industrial and irrigation use and setting the stage to develop remaining capacity.  The District projects receiving funding through IRWM, including the Pittsburg Recycled Water Project ($1,200,000); the Antioch Recycled Water Project ($600,000); the Pittsburg Recycled Water Pipeline Rehabilitation Project ($1,125,000); and the Delta Diablo Recycled Water Master Plan ($152,127).

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