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North Coast Integrated Regional Water Management Plan

The North Coast Resource Partnership (NCRP) is an innovative, stakeholder-driven collaboration among local governments, Tribes, watershed groups, and other interested partners focused on integrated resource planning and local project implementation in California’s North Coast region.

Initiated in 2005, the NCRP engages in various planning tasks, including the development and regular updates of the North Coast Integrated Regional Water Management Plan (NCIRWMP). The NCIRWMP was adopted by the NCRP in 2005 and again in 2007 was updated in 2014 and represents the third iteration (Phase III) of the NCIRWMP.

The overarching themes that have guided development, implementation, and evaluation of the NCIRWMP are beneficial uses of water, salmonid enhancement, energy independence, climate adaptation/ mitigation, economic vitality, local autonomy, intraregional cooperation, and adaptive management. 

The NCIRWMP is by design a voluntary, non-regulatory, stakeholder-driven planning framework meant to emphasize shared priorities and local autonomy, authority, knowledge, and approaches to achieving Tribal, state, regional, and local priorities related to North Coast water infrastructure, watersheds, public health, and economic vitality. The NCIRWMP focuses on areas of common interest and concern to North Coast stakeholders and on attracting funding to the North Coast Region, and recognizes unique local solutions in different parts of the Region.

The NCIRWM Plan Phase III can be dowloaded via the following links. 

North Coast IRWM Plan Phase III - Sections 1-13 (main-body of text) (14 MB)
North Coast IRWM Plan Phase III - Appendices (11 MB)

North Coast IRWM Plan Phase III - complete document (24 MB) 

NCRP/NCIRWM Plan III Goals and Objectives 


  • Objective 1 - Respect local autonomy and local knowledge in Plan and project development and implementation
  • Objective 2 - Provide an ongoing framework for inclusive, efficient intraregional cooperation and effective, accountable NCIRWMP project implementation


  • Objective 3 - Ensure that economically disadvantaged communities are supported and that project implementation enhances the economic vitality of disadvantaged communities.
  • Objective 4 - Conserve and improve the economic benefits of North Coast Region working landscapes and natural areas


  • Objective 5 - Conserve, enhance, and restore watersheds and aquatic ecosystems, including functions, habitats, and elements that support biological diversity
  • Objective 6 - Enhance salmonid populations by conserving, enhancing, and restoring required habitats and watershed processes


  • Objective 7 - Ensure water supply reliability and quality for municipal, domestic, agricultural, cultural, and recreational uses while minimizing impacts to sensitive resources
  • Objective 8 - Improve drinking water quality and water related infrastructure to protect public health, with a focus on economically disadvantaged communities
  • Objective 9 - Protect groundwater resources from over-drafting and contamination


  • Objective 10 - Assess climate change effects, impacts, vulnerabilities, and strategies for local and regional sectors
  • Objective 11 - Promote local energy independence, water/ energy use efficiency, GHG emission reduction, and jobs creation


  • Objective 12 - Improve flood protection and reduce flood risk in support of public safety

NCIRWM Plan III Review Process

The NCIRWM Plan was updated in 2014 per requirements outlined by:

  1. The 2014 Department of Water Resources (DWR) Integrated Regional Water Management Guidelines 
  2. Proposition 84, "The Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coastal Protection Bond Act of 2006"

Section names, organization, and content are based in large part on the "Draft NCIRWM Plan Outline" and subsequent "Draft NCIRWM Plan Annotated Outline." Outlines were circulated to and vetted by the Policy Review Panel (PRP), Technical Peer Review Committee (TPRC), and/or stakeholders between October 2012 and June 2013. Additional stakeholder and NCRP input was solicited and provided during the October 2013 NCRP Conference. The NCRP PRP and TPRC reviewed and commented on Sections 1-4 in June 2013, Sections 5-8 in March-April 2014, and Sections 9-13 with appendices in May 2014. Public and DWR review occurred June-July 2014. The list of text revisions to the North Coast IRWM Plan Phase III based on public review comments and responses received through July 2014 can be found here. The final NCIRWMP, Phase III was published August 2014.