Regional Water Management Planning

2016 Feather River Regional Water Plan Update
The Upper Feather River Regional Water Management Group (RWMG) has begun the process of updating the Upper Feather River Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) Plan. Click here for a brochure describing the IRWM planning process.
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 current Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) plan for the Upper Feather River watershed was adopted in 2005. The plan 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) has developed new guidelines for regional plans that are implemented with funding from Prop. 84.

The Upper Feather River IRWM plan will now be updated to conform to these new guidelines, as well as to reflect changes in the region over the past nine years.  Please send an email to the Upper Feather River IRWM Project team to join the project e-mail list and receive notice of public meetings and other information on the update process.

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 31 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 more information on the planning process or are interested in participating in the Regional Water Management Group, please contact Uma Hinman by email at or phone (916) 813-0818. If you are interested in participating in planning Workgroups, contact the Workgroup coordinators listed on this page.