IRWMP Introduction

The intent of the Integrated Regional Water Management Program in Santa Barbara County is to promote and practice integrated regional water management strategies to ensure sustainable water uses, reliable water supplies, better water quality, environmental stewardship, efficient urban development, protection of agricultural and watershed awareness. 

The IRWM program and projects are guided by the Santa Barbara Integrated Regional Water Management Plan (IRWMP). 

The Santa Barbara IRWM Program was developed in response to the State of California's IRWM program, and it shares the State's visions of IRWM as a collaborative effort to manage all aspects of water resources in a region. IRWM crosses jurisdictional, watershed and political boundaries; involves multiple agencies, stakeholders, individuals and groups; and attempts to address the issues and differing perspectives of all entities involved through mutually beneficial solutions. 

Table of successful Project Awards through Propositions 50 and 84.  

The Santa Barbara County Region is now updating the IRWM Plan under the Department of Water Resources 2016 Proposition 1 IRWM Guidelines.  The Proposition 1 IRWM Grant Program provides funding for projects that help meet the long-term water needs of the state, including:

  • Assisting water infrastructure systems adapt to climate change;
  • Providing incentives throughout each watershed to collaborate in managing the region's water resources and setting regional priorities for water infrastructure; and
  • Improving regional water self-reliance, while reducing reliance on Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

Below is a link to the Public Draft of the IRWM Plan Update 2018.  This draft is being made available for review and comments.  All comments on the Plan Update are due to Jane Gray by close of business on Thursday, December 28, 2018.  Appendices and figures can be provided for review upon request.

Public Draft IRWM Plan Update 2018