The six counties of the Northern Sacramento Valley have been working together for over 10 years to lay the foundation for an integrated regional plan to address water-related issues such as economic health and vitality; water supply reliability; flood, stormwater and flood management; water quality improvements; and ecosystem protection and enhancement. The counties have completed the development of a valley-wide Integrated Regional Water Management Plan, and have committed to continuing the efforts of regional water management through this plan.
The Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) is a collaborative effort to enhance coordination of the water resources in a region. IRWM involves multiple agencies, stakeholders, tribes, individuals and groups to address water-related issues and offer solutions which can provide multiple benefits to the region. Representatives of the six counties are working in partnership with community stakeholders, tribes and the public to identify the water-related needs of the region. This information was used to develop goals and objectives of the IRWM Plan, and the identification of projects and programs to be included in the Plan. The Plan was adopted in April, 2014, and will better position the region and local partners to receive funding for high-priority projects.
Northern Sacramento Valley Integrated Regional Water Management (NSV IRWM) Board
The NSV IRWM Board began meeting on January 19, 2011 and met roughly every other month of 2011. Beginning in March 2012, their regular meetings moved to the first Monday of the months of March, June, September and December. The Board consists of three appointments made by each of the six Boards of Supervisors in Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Shasta, Sutter and Tehama Counties, for a total of eighteen members. Ann Schwab, City of Chico Council Member, is the Chair and Leonard Moty, Shasta County Supervisor, is the Vice Chair.
NSV IRWMP Board Members
Bill Connelly, Supervisor (View Bio)
Ann Schwab, Chico City Council, Board Chair
Gary Evans, Supervisor
Terry Bressler, Reclamation District 1004
Alternate: Denise Carter, Supervisor
Leigh McDaniel, Supervisor
Alternate: John Viegas, Supervisor
Leonard Moty, Supervisor (View Bio)
Chris Muehlbacher, General Manager, Centerville Community Services District (View Bio)
Larry Farr, City of Shasta Lake City Council
Alternates: Julie Winter, Mary Rickert
Mat Conant, Supervisor (View Bio)
Grace Espindola, City of Yuba City
Alternate: Mike Ziegenmeyer, Supervisor
Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)
The first meeting of the NSV IRWM TAC took place on July 14, 2011. Vickie Newlin of Butte County is the TAC Chair, and Eric Wedemeyer of Shasta County serves as Vice Chair. Regular meetings of the NSV TAC are held at 9:00 am on the third Wednesday of the month, or as needed, at the Willows City Hall.
NSV IRWMP TAC Members
Christina Buck, Staff contact
Mark Kimmelshue, Landowner representative
Mary Fahey, Staff contact, TAC Vice Chair
Hilary Reinhard, Landowner representative
Lisa Hunter, Staff contact
Vacancy, Landowner representative
Eric Wedemeyer, Staff contact, TAC Chair
Gerry Cupp, Landowner representative
Charleen Beard, Alternate
Guadalupe Rivera, Staff contact
Vacancy, Landowner representative
Ryan Teubert, Staff contact
Vacaney, Landowner representative
At Large TAC Members
Allan Fulton, Tehama County
Ben Pennock, Glenn County
Oscar Serrano, Colusa County
The NSV IRWM Board worked with stakeholders throughout the region to develop an integrated regional water management plan (IRWMP) pursuant to the California Water Code §10450-10543. Initial tasks in the plan development were funded through a $100,000 USBR grant administered by RD 108, as well as $50,000 Proposition 50 state funding awarded to Butte County. The group was also awarded $900,000 of planning funding by the Department of Water Resources under Proposition 84. The contract for this funding was finalized in October 2011. Simultaneously, the sub-contract for the development of the IRWM Plan was awarded to West Yost Associates through a competitive process.
Please see the project team and county staff member contact info and call or email your county staff representative with questions.