Watersheds, floodplains, and habitat extend beyond city, county, and agency boundaries. As such, water management is a complex and challenging process that requires regional partnerships, collaboration, and representation. Integrated Regional Water Management is a collaborative effort to identify and implement local water management solutions to address shared challenges and opportunities related to water supply, water quality, flood management, ecosystem health, and other social and economic objectives. A local leader in natural resource conservation and restoration, Yolo County RCD provides a vital role in this regional water planning initiative.
The Westside Sac IRWM region includes areas within Cache and Putah Creek watersheds including Clear Lake, Lake Berryessa, Indian Valley Reservoir, Putah Creek, and Cache Creek. In addition to the four member counties (Lake, Napa, Solano, and Yolo), the region includes nine cities. The IRWM Plan outlines and addresses water conservation, water quality improvement, storm water management, flood management, invasive species abatement, wetlands enhancements and protections, and more.
County RCD provides executive level management services for the Westside Sac IRWM Coordinating Committee. The RCD provides meeting facilitation and support, offers strategic planning guidance, conducts local, regional and state outreach, and administers all aspects of data and records management. The RCD is also a member of the Technical Advisory Committee of the Water Resources Association of Yolo County, one of the four partner agencies of the Westside- Sac IRWM Coordinating Committee.