The Upper Middle Fork Project (UMF) project pilots coordinated implementation by two of the IRWM Plan signatories. Plumas County and the Sierra Valley Groundwater Management District each manage significant portions of the project area. The Upper Middle Fork project pilots the integration of local water management knowledge, local land and water use authorities, and the best available science to further the capacity to practice sustainable resource stewardship at the regional scale.
The goals of this project are:
1) to investigate climate scenarios and their effect on groundwater storage levels, summer base flows, and flood flows within the Upper Middle Fork watershed;
2) to develop a surface water/groundwater water budget that can be utilized to help coordinate the future management actions of the local organizations on the Upper Middle Fork watershed land/water resources.
The full report can be downloaded here (85 MB).
The project was funded by a Department of Water Resources Proposition 50 Grant.