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Upcoming WRA Meetings

  • Technical Committee, April 2, 2015 Location: YCFC&WCD Board Room.
  • Executive Committee, April 6, 2015 Location: Woodland City Hall
  • Board of Directors, June 15, 2015 Location: Woodland Community & Senior Center

Headlines & Hot Topics


2015 Yolo County Water Awareness Student Art Contest

The 2015 Student Art Contest is accepting entries until the deadline of March 20, 2015 by 5 pm. For contest rules and entry dropoff location, please read the contest flyer or visit our Water Awareness webpage


WRA Annual Newsletter - January 2015

The Year in Review: 2014

Click on the above link to read what topics and projects have kept the WRA's members busy. Newsletter Achives

2014 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


DWR's Groundwater Information Center

The Groundwater Information Center is DWR's portal for groundwater information, groundwater management plans, water well basics, and statewide and regional reports, maps and figures. http://www.water.ca.gov/groundwater/


California Water Conditions Information

Woodland Chamber of Commerce Water Committee held a meeting on 9/30/14 to present information on the status of drought and subsidence in Yolo County. Here are the two PowerPoint presentations from the 2 speakers, Chris Bonds, DWR and Tim O'Halloran, YCFC&WCD

Land Subsidence in Yolo County (Bonds)

Groundwater Legislation Update (O'Halloran)


WRA Supported Regional Projects

Details about the fiscal year projects funded by WRA can be found here


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/


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.


2015 Yolo Water Awareness Calendar

The 2015 calendar features all of the 2013 water awareness contest winners. View the calendar here: 2015 Yolo County Water Awareness Calendar

Copies of this year's Water Awareness Calendar are available at several locations throughout Yolo County in Davis, Woodland and Winters. Please call if you have questions 666-2733.


WRA Meeting Calendar

Meeting schedules for the IRWMP public workshops, WRA Board of Directors, and WRA Technical and Executive Subcommittees.

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Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

"Developing a Vision for Implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act 2014 (SGMA) for Stakeholders in Yolo County"

On March 9, 2015, the WRA Board of Directors approved the WRA Technical Committee's recommendation to request a Statement of Qualifications from qualified candidates who have a strong technical background and extensive experience in water related issues within Yolo County. The ideal candidate will function as the facilitator and planner to assist with the development of an actionable plan for the implementation of the SGMA and the creation of a Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA). See RFQ link below for details.

Request for Statement of Qualifications for Facilitation and Strategic Planning Services DEADLINE for submittals March 27, 2015, 5:00 PM. Deliver electronic copy to info@yolowra.org


Water Conditions Update

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. 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.

New DWR Report - California's Most Significant Droughts (2015)

Bi-Weekly Drought Updates (CalOES), 3/5/15

Quick Facts about Water Use in California and Why You Should Conserve from Save Our H20

DWR Current Water Conditions

Drought Resources Links

UC Davis Drought Watch


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.


UPDATE: The Westside IRWM group will receive $7 million under the 2014 Emergency Drought Grant Solicitations funded by DWR. The City of Woodland and the Yolo County Flood Control & WCD will each receive $2 million for their drought-relief projects submitted. For more details visit www.westsideirwm.com

The Westside will also be submitting a proposal for an EPA Brownfields Program grant for an assessment of mercury contamination issues of old mining sites in the Putah and Cache Creek watersheds. The preliminary proposal will be submitted in mid-December 2014.


Delta Issues

“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.

Delta Vision Foundation

Delta Stewardship Council

Delta Protection Commission

Bay Delta Conservation Plan

UC Davis Delta Solutions Program

US EPA Watershed Priorities San Francisco Bay Delta

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 - Adopted Ordinance #1426 Regulating Habitat Mitigation Projects January 29, 2013

County of Yolo Delta Priorities 2012 (Board Adopted)

Yolo Basin Foundation - Yolo Bypass Studies


Climate Change

DWR is requiring that current IRWM plans address climate change impacts on near and long-term water resources planning. DWR released in October 2010 a brochure that summarizes key strategies and guidance for water management in a changing climate. For more information visit the departments website.


Integrated Regional Water Management Plan


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.


For a complete listing of all the Integrated Actions please click here

Click here for more information about the floodSAFE Yolo Pilot Program.

Cache Creek Catalog

A listing of Cache Creek documents is now accessible online to the public. Please click the above named link to view. Click here for general information about the catalog's development.

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