In February 2021, DWR approved the expansion of the Coachella Valley IRWM Region to include the unincorporated communities of Bombay Beach and North Shore. The modified Region boundary now extends south and east and covers the northeastern portion of the Salton Sea within the Riverside and Imperial counties. Communities within these areas will now be able to participate in solving common water management issues and needs and other IRWM-related activities within the Region, including developing projects that will be eligible of IRWM grant funding.
For the 2020 planning cycle, six agencies in the Coachella Valley (Coachella Valley Water District, Coachella Water Authority, Desert Water Agency, Indio Water Authority, Mission Springs Water District, and Myoma Dunes Mutual Water Company) are collaborating to develop a Coachella Valley Regional Urban Water Management Plan (CV UWMP).
The CV UWMP includes a forecast of a supplier’s water demands and available supplies for the next 20 years, and it provides an assessment of the reliability of those supplies during drought. The CV UWMP also describes the programs a water supplier has in place to encourage water use efficiency, and it describes actions a supplier could take to reduce demands in times of constrained supply.
We need your involvement and input. Opportunities include participating in two virtual, interactive workshops in December 2020 and March 2021, sharing input on a virtual community ideas board from December 15, 2020 through January 30, 2021, and/or reviewing and submitting public comment on the draft plan in April 2020. The final document must be adopted by each agency’s governing board and then submitted to the state by July 1, 2021.
The report seeks to characterize the needs of disadvantaged communities in the Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) Regions and non-IRWM areas to help determine future funding priorities.
The document is available for download in the CVRWMG Library.
The Coachella Valley IRWM Region was awarded $3.8 million to implement 4 water resources projects, including $1 million to provide safe and reliable potable drinking water to the Castro Mobile Home Park, a disadvantaged community within the City of Coachella. To learn more, visits the IRWM Funding Page
Sustainable groundwater planning under the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) is happening in the Coachella Valley! Agencies in the Indio Subbasin and Mission Creek Subbasin are preparing updates to their respective Alternative Plans.
The Final 2018 Coachella Valley IRWM/SWR Plan is AVAILABLE in the CVRWMG Library