Upcoming WRA Meetings
- Technical Committee, Dec. 1, 2016 Meeting Cancelled
- Executive Committee, Dec. 19, 2016 Location: YCFCWCD Board Room
- Board of Directors, Jan. 9, 2017 Location: Woodland Community & Senior Center
Meeting schedules for the IRWMP public workshops, WRA Board of Directors, and WRA Technical and Executive Subcommittees.
Contact Donna Gentile if you want to be added to the meeting announcement email list: firstname.lastname@example.org or (530) 666-2733.
SGMA Meetings & Activities
For SGMA information and outreach activities please go to the dedicated website http://yologroundwater.org/. Sign up to receive meeting notices and updates.
Click this link to download a membership form. $100 / fiscal year (July - June)
WRA Funded Projects
Details about the fiscal year projects funded by WRA can be found here
2016 Yolo County Water Awareness Calendar
The 2016 calendar features all of the 2015 water awareness contest winners. View the calendar here: 2016 Yolo County Water Awareness Calendar
Copies of this year's Water Awareness Calendar are available at several locations throughout Yolo County in Davis, Woodland, West Sacramento and Winters. Please call if you have questions 666-2733.
FloodProtect - Planning for Action
The Lower Sacramento-Delta North Region has successfully received a grant from the Department of Water Resources to complete their regional flood management plan. Please go to the project website for more details and upcoming meetings to develop the RWMP: http://www.floodprotectplan.com/
Project Poster Boards
View the Project Poster Boards showcasing WRA member agencies' regional projects. These 8 posters were on display at the September and November 2012 WRA Board meetings.
2016 Water Awareness Student Art Contest Winners!
The 2016 winners of the Water Awareness Student Art contest will be acknowledged for their artistic talents with prizes and an award ceremony at the Yolo County Board of Supervisors' meeting on May 31st at 9 a.m. Click here for the list of winners. The winning artwork is on display at Winters City Hall, 318 First St. from July 5 through July 31, 2016 in the lobby.
SGMA Public Outreach 2016
The Yolo County Farm Bureau and the WRA hosted three local public meetings in March 2016 to discuss the new groundwater law. The facilitated meetings held in Woodland, Winters and Clarksburg were very well attended by over 400 people. Many questions were addressed and input received from concerned stakeholders about the impacts of SGMA. In the next phase of the process, the SGMA Steering Committee will begin discussions about GSA governance and formation with the 32 eligible GSA entities in Yolo County. Information will be posted as available on the dedicated Yolo Groundwater website.
WRA Annual Newsletter - January 2016
The Year in Review: 2015. Read what topics and projects have kept the WRA's members busy.
State Drought Grant Awards
The Westside-Sacramento IRWM Group was awarded $7 million for drought-relief projects in Yolo and Lake counties. Read the press release for details here
Sustainable Groundwater Management Act
"Developing a Vision for Implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act 2014 (SGMA) for Stakeholders in Yolo County"
On September 14, 2015, the WRA Board of Directors approved entering into an agreement with the CA Dept. of Water Resources to use the Center for Collaborative Policy (CCP), under the management of Dave Ceppos, for facilitation services for development of a Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) for the Yolo County region. An Ad Hoc Committee of agency representatives from the WRA, the Yolo County Farm Bureau and selected stakeholders finalized the scope of work. In November 2015 the WRA Board approved the Ad Hoc Committee be transformed into the Steering Committee to further direct the work of the CCP. Public outreach meeting will be held in March 2016.
SGMA Groundwater Meetings - March 2016
Attend a workshop to learn about SGMA and what it means for Yolo County. Three meetings will be held hosted in March 2016 by the WRA and the Yolo County Farm Bureau. Overview of SGMA. Follow RSVP link for locations details, agenda and RSVP form. Please RSVP to attend any of the meeting in the following locations.
6:00 PM, Tuesday, March 29, Woodland, Yolo County Fairgrounds, Waite Hall
6:00 PM, Wednesday, March 30, Winters Community Center
6:00 PM, Thursday, March 31, Clarksbury Community Church
Please visit the dedicated groundwater website for Yolo County: http://yologroundwater.org/ for more information about SGMA.
California is experiencing a serious drought and the state will be challenged to meet its water needs in the upcoming year. Governor Brown declared a statewide drought emergency for California in January 2014 and 2015. He has asked all Californians to reduce their water use by 20%.
The statewide public education program SAVE OUR WATER provides information about water conservation inside and outside of our homes. The program is sponsored by the Association of California Water Agencies and the Calfornia Department of Water Resources. Yolo County cities have water conservation links for residents on their websites that are easily found on their homepages. Please visit one of these sites to educate yourself about the drought and the many ways you can reduce your water consumption to help stretch our precious water supplies.
California's Most Significant Droughts (2015) New DWR Report!
Message from Yolo County OES on Residential Dry Wells 5/4/15:
In order to open assistance to residents with dry wells they must have contact from the resident to document the occurrence and explore additional funding opportunities. If you are aware of a dry well or know someone who has a dry well please have them call the OES office at (530) 406-4930. This would include anyone who has a dry well, has had a dry well in the last year, installed a temporary water tank for residential use, or is having water hauled for residential use. The more aware of the situation they are, the better they can serve those impacted.
Governor Brown issues statewide mandatory water restrictions Executive Order B-29-15 4/1/15
Quick Facts about Water Use in California and Why You Should Conserve from Save Our H20
Westside IRWMP Development
The Westside Regional Water Management Group received a $1 million Proposition 84 planning grant in 2011 to improve regional water planning efforts. The Westside RWMG is a five county collaboration of the following public agencies: Water Resources Association of Yolo County, Solano County Water Agency, Lake County Watershed Protection District, Napa County Flood Control & Water Conservation District and Colusa County Resource Conservation District. Public outreach meetings continue to be scheduled throughout the development of the Westside IRWMP to inform and engage the public. The final IRWMP is was adopted by all the MOU signatories by July 2013. The entire Westside IRWM Plan (including an Executive Summary) is available on the Westside IRWMP website.
2015 UPDATE: The Westside IRWM group received $7 million under the 2014 Emergency Drought Grant Solicitations funded by DWR. The City of Woodland and the Yolo County Flood Control & WCD each received $2 million for their drought-relief projects submitted. For more details visit www.westsideirwm.com
The Westside was also received an EPA Brownfields Program grant for an assessment of mercury contamination issues of old mining sites in the Putah and Cache Creek watersheds.
Yolo County IRWMP Update 2011
The status of projects and actions listed in the 2007 Yolo County IRWMP was updated in June 2011. Please visit the IRWMP page for more information.
Yolo County IRWMP Projects
For a complete listing of all the Integrated Actions please click here
Click here for more information about the floodSAFE Yolo Pilot Program.
“Water has become one of the most critical issues of our generation”, said WRA Chair, Bill Marble. “It is increasingly more important that our member agencies work together to add a collective voice to the debate surrounding the Delta, water quality, and sustainability.” In his State of the State 2012 address, Governor Brown has vowed to reach an agreement on a plan to “fix” the Delta. Members of the WRA Technical Committee continue to monitor and track various Delta planning process. For more information on Delta issues and planning, please visit some of the links below.
Draft BDCP/BDCP EIR/EIS Comments by North State Water Alliance (July 2014) http://northstatewater.org/
County of Yolo - Delta Documents
The following documents can be found on the Delta eLibrary:
Yolo County Comments on the draft BDCP and draft BDCP EIR/EIS (Submitted July 2014)
Yolo Bypass Drainage and Water Infrastructure Improvement Study(FINAL April 2014)
Agricultural and Economic Impacts of Yolo Bypass Fish Habitat Proposals (April 2013)
Waterfowl Impacts of the Proposed Conservation Measure 2 for the Yolo Bypass - An effects analysis tool (July 2012)
Yolo Bypass MIKE-21 Model Review: Strengths, Limitations and Recommendations for Refinement (Sept. 2012)
County of Yolo Delta Priorities 2012 (Board Adopted)
Yolo Basin Foundation - Yolo Bypass Studies