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The North Coast Resource Partnership (NCRP) is a coalition of Tribes and counties working together on integrated regional planning and project implementation to enhance working and natural lands, built infrastructure, local economies and community health in the north coast of California. The NCRP – initially known as the North Coast Integrated Regional Water Management Plan – has been in existence since 2004, and has focused on ensuring clean and reliable drinking water supplies, watershed health, energy independence, climate adaptation and economic vitality – especially in economically disadvantaged communities.

The North Coast Region – comprising over 19,000 square miles and 12% of the landscape of California – is home to source watershed areas for much of the state’s drinking water and agricultural water supplies, and is also the source of much of the state’s forest based carbon sequestration and biological diversity. The North Coast is a rural region, home to some of the most economically disadvantaged communities in California.

The NCRP is an inclusive, transparent, stakeholder driven coalition – one of the few regional integrated planning programs in California which is led by locally elected Tribal and county government officials. NCRP leaders, staff, project proponents and stakeholders work collaboratively on water, natural resource, and energy challenges to reduce conflicts, integrate federal, state, regional and local priorities and identify and seek funding for the region’s highest priority multi-benefit projects. The NCRP places a strong emphasis on local autonomy and knowledge – recognizing the diverse perspectives in the region, focusing on common ground and shared interests, while planning and implementing projects prioritized by local communities.

The passage of Propositions 50, 84, 1E and 1 has provided funding for the IRWM grant program, as have the Strategic Growth Council Planning grants which have supported significant integrated planning work for the region. The NCRP has also benefited from significant investments of time and matching funds from members of the NCRP Policy Review Panel, Technical Peer Review Committee and project partners. The NCRP has been highly ranked in numerous solicitations for statewide and federal funds and has brought more than $67 million in water and energy-related grant funding to the North Coast region, while leveraging more than $110 million in local matching funds.

Your agency/organization is invited to become a signatory to the North Coast Resource Partnership  Memorandum of Mutual Understanding (MoMU). By signing onto the MoMU we increase the potential for North Coast projects to be eligible for grant funding by demonstrating that these projects are tied to a cooperative, coordinated IRWM planning effort currently underway. Please send signed copies of the MoMU to: Katherine Gledhill, West Coast Watershed, PO Box 262, Healdsburg, CA 95448.

Please sign-up for regular e-mail updates to learn of upcoming funding opportunities and stay informed of new developments to the North Coast Resource Partnership and its process.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Integrated Regional Water Management Plan (IRWMP)

The Integrated Regional Water Management Plan (IRWMP) Act was created by Senate Bill 1672 in 2002 and is defined in §10530 of the California Water Code as “a comprehensive plan for a defined geographic area, the specific development, content, and adoption of which shall satisfy requirements developed pursuant to this part. At a minimum, an Integrated Regional Water Management Plan describes the major water-related objectives and conflicts within a region, considers a broad variety of resource management strategies, identifies the appropriate mix of water demand and supply management alternatives, water quality protections, and environmental stewardship actions to provide long-term, reliable, and high-quality water supply and protect the environment, and identifies disadvantaged communities in the region and takes the water-related needs of those communities into consideration.”

The passage of Proposition 50, the Water Security, Clean Drinking Water, Coastal and Beach Protection Act of 2002, Proposition 84, The Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coastal Protection Bond Act of 2006 and Proposition IE, the Disaster Preparedness and Flood Prevention Bond Act of 2006 have expanded and enhanced the initial intent and definition of an IRWMP and have provided funding for water-related projects through an IRWM grant program.

Who do I contact with questions about the North Coast Resource Partnership or North Coast IRWMP?

Katherine Gledhill
West Coast Watershed