Regional Water Management Planning

2016 Feather River Regional Water Plan Update
in 2014, the Upper Feather River Regional Water Management Group (RWMG) began the process of updating the 2005 Upper Feather River Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) Plan. Click here for a brochure describing the IRWM planning process.

The Final Upper Feather River IRWM Plan 2016 was unanimously adopted on November 18, 2016. The Plan is compliant with 2016 Proposition 1 IRWM Standards, thereby establishing regional eligibility for Proposition 1 IRWM grant funding.

The mission statement for the RWMG is:

“To effectively perpetuate local control and regional collaboration to provide stability and consistency in the planning, management and coordination of resources within the Upper Feather River watershed. To implement an integrated strategy that guides the Upper Feather River region toward protecting, managing and developing reliable and sustainable water resources.”

The 2005 Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) Plan for the Upper Feather River watershed was prepared in accordance with IRWM guidelines established under Proposition 50, the Water Security, Clean Drinking Water, Coastal and Beach Protection Act of 2002. During that time, IRWM planning meetings were held in conjunction with meetings of the Plumas Watershed Forum. Archived documents from the 2005 IRWM planning process are available here.

In 2006, the voters approved Proposition 84, continuing funding for the regional water planning and water system improvements, and establishing new standards for IRWM plans. The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) developed new guidelines for regional plans that were implemented with funding from Proposition 84. The Upper Feather River Region obtained grant funding to update its Plan from this program. During the update of the Plan, Proposition 1 Standards were released which were incorporated into the update process.

The Upper Feather River IRWM Plan Update began in 2016 in order bring the Plan into conformance with the most recent DWR guidelines, as well as to reflect changes in the region over the past nine years.

The California Department of Water Resources has formally recognized the Upper Feather River watershed as a “region” under the Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) program. The Feather River region application from June 2009 is available here (6MB).

There are 36 local, state, and federal agencies and non-governmental organizations that have entered a Memorandum of Understanding that describes how they will coordinate their water and watershed management efforts and plan and prioritize projects supported with state grant funds.

If you would like to be included on the email contact list to receive notices of public meetings and other IRWM related information, please send contact Uma Hinman by email at or phone (916) 813-0818.