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Upcoming WRA Meetings

  • Technical Committee, May 4, 2017 Location: YCFCWCD Board Room
  • Executive Committee,April 26, 2017 Location: YCFCWCD Board Room
  • Board of Directors, June 19, 2017 Location: Woodland Community & Senior Center

WRA Meeting Calendar

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: info@yolowra.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.

WRA Associate Membership

Click this link to download a membership form. $100 / fiscal year (July - June)

WRA Projects

WRA Funded Projects

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

Prop. 1 Storm Water Resource Plan Grant (SWRP)

Past and upcoming meeting information and handouts can be found here: SWRP webpage. Please call if you have questions (530) 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.


2017 Yolo County Water Awareness Student Art Contest

Information about the 2017 Art Contest is now available. For entry details see the 2017 Contest Flyer. The deadline for submissions is April 7, 2017 by 5 pm. For other information about Water Awareness month click here.

SGMA Public Outreach 2017

The Yolo County Farm Bureau and the WRA will host two local public meetings in Feburary to provide an update on the progress to implement the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) in Yolo County. Meeting dates and locations are as follows:

2/8/17, 6 pm, Woodland, Waite Hall in the Yolo County Fairgrounds

2/22/17, 3 pm, Winters, Winters Community Center

RSVP for SGMA Meetings and 2016 SGMA Activities Year in Review

For more information and documents go to: http://yologroundwater.org/

WRA Annual Newsletter - January 2017

The Year in Review: 2016 Read what topics and projects have kept the WRA's members busy.

Newsletter Achives


Who is the Water Resources Association of Yolo County?

A consortium of public water purveying entities organized in 1993, the ten-member Water Resources Association of Yolo County is a nonprofit, mutual-benefit corporation created to provide a regional forum to coordinate and facilitate solutions to water management issues in Yolo County. Governed by a board of directors with a representative from each of its member agencies. To find out more about the WRA member agencies please go to About Us.

Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

SGMA Groundwater Meetings - February 2017

Local groundwater managers will host two public meetings on the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) implementation process and provide an update on the progress that has been made since the 2016 public meetings.  The purpose of these meetings is to give an overview of SGMA, an update on the formation of a Groundwater Sustainability Agency in Yolo County and the development of a Groundwater Sustainability Plan.

Please RSVP to help us plan for the meeting materials needed. Follow this RSVP link for location details and registration form. You can also RSVP by calling the Yolo County Farm Bureau at 530-662-6316.

6:00 PM, Wednesday, February 8, 2017, Woodland, Yolo County Fairgrounds, Waite Hall

3:00 PM, Wednesday, February 22, 2017, Winters, Winters Community Center

For a summary of what has been accomplished read the 2016 SGMA Year in Review. Please visit the dedicated groundwater website for Yolo County: http://yologroundwater.org/ for more information about SGMA.


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.


"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.


Water Conditions and Drought Update

April 7, 2017 - Governor Jerry Brown has officially declared California's drought emergency over in most parts of the state with the record rains experienced this year. He has stated that "conservation must remain a way of life". Water reporting requirements by local agencies and the prohibition of wasteful water practices such as watering lawns during or after a rainfall will remain in place. Yolo County residents should consult their city's website for conservation recommendations. Several state agencies have released a framework for long-term water conservation, because we need to be prepared for the next drought cycle. http://www.water.ca.gov/waterconditions/declaration.cfm

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 California 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 Drought Portal

California's Most Significant Droughts (2015)  DWR Report


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


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

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.

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.

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


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