What is strategic planning?
Strategic planning is essentially a process used to identify the desired future of an organization or program and to then determine what is necessary to achieve that future. The process results are documented in a strategic plan or similarly titled report. General information on strategic planning can be found in "Strategic Planning Guidelines" published by the California Department of Finance.
Why is this strategic planning effort being conducted?
California officially embraced IRWM in 2002 with the passage of the Integrated Regional Water Management Act (SB1672). Much progress has been made since then by regional water managers with the assistance of the State through various bond acts. Mark Cowin, California Department of Water Resources' Director, has instructed Department staff to work together with IRWM stakeholders to develop strategies for the future of IRWM.
What is the report titled "Strategies for the Future of Integrated Regional Water Management in California" (formerly referred to as the "Strategic Plan for the Future of IRWM in California")?
The report, "Strategies for the Future of Integrated Regional Water Management in California" is currently in development. The report, once it is completed and released, will describe the desired future of IRWM and the strategies and related actions necessary for attaining that desired future. The report will be based on extensive stakeholder input about IRWM.
I heard that some draft strategies for the future of IRWM are available. Where can I find them?
Draft excerpts from the developing report, "Strategies for the Future of Integrated Regional Water Management in California," were provided to attendees of "Integrated Regional Water Management 2.0: The Next Generation" a conference held in San Diego, California, May 21-22, 2015. These excerpts are available on the Reports and Presentations page.
Who are IRWM stakeholders in California?
All residents of California are IRWM stakeholders. IRWM aims to leverage partnerships and regional expertise to solve California's diverse water management challenges, and thus affects every Californian, even if they do not live in a region that practices IRWM.
Are there different types of IRWM stakeholders?
Yes. Page 4 of the Development Approach for the strategic plan describes different types of stakeholders. The development approach is available here.
Who is the intended audience for the report being developed?
The intended audience is all Californians.
Will DWR's IRWM grant program be affected by the report?
DWR's IRWM grant program will not be affected in the immediate future. However, some of the strategies and related actions are expected to influence the practice of IRWM including the IRWM grant program.
What if I have a question that's not answered here?
Please feel free to contact the Strategic Plan Development Team at: IRWM_StrategicPlan@water.ca.gov or (855) 397-4796.