The City of Merced, County of Merced, and Merced Irrigation District are preparing an Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) Plan, which will encourage cooperative planning among various aspects of water resources management in the Merced Region. The IRWM Plan will be compliant with guidelines established by the California Department of Water Resources (DWR), which will increase the Region’s eligibility for state grant funding to implement projects. During IRWM planning, process decisions and recommendations will be made through coordination with three distinct groups of stakeholders.

Regional Water Management Group (RWMG) - Overall direction, funding, and approval for the IRWM planning process and work products is provided by three elected bodies – the Merced Irrigation District (MID), the Merced County Board of Supervisors, and the City of Merced. Collectively, these are the IRWM Governing Bodies. The Final IRWM Plan will be adopted by the elected boards/councils of each these organizations. The Merced Irrigation District serves as the fiscal agent for managing state grant funds from the Department of Water Resources.

Regional Advisory Committee - A Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) of community representatives will review regional water management issues and needs, goals and objectives, plans and projects, and future funding and governance. They will then advise the RWMG, and ultimately the IRWM Governing Bodies, on these topics. The MID Board of Directors appointed the Committee, in consultation with the City of Merced and County of Merced. The committee includes representatives of the following interests:

  • Water Supply Interests
  • Wastewater Interests
  • Stormwater Interests
  • Flood Control Interests
  • Local Government
  • Agricultural Interests
  • Other Business Interests (non-agriculture)
  • Environmental Interests
  • Other Institutional Interests (e.g. UC Merced)
  • Disadvantaged Community and Environmental Justice Interests
  • Recreational Interests
  • Community / Neighborhood Interests

The Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) members and alternates are listed on the RAC Membership page. Meetings of the RAC are open to the public. The RAC meets on the 4th Tuesday of the month from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Sam Pipes Room, Merced City Hall, 678 W. 18th Street, Merced, CA 95340. Information regarding the next meeting can be found on the Home Page.

Stakeholders and Public

The Regional Water Management Group (RWMG) also conducts outreach and involvement activities to inform community members and solicit input. During the IRWM planning process the RWMG and Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) will conduct five stakeholder workshops (per the schedule listed on the Home Page). The RWMG will also provide information briefings to elected officials (City Councils, County Board of Supervisors, and Merced Irrigation District Board of Directors), community organizations, neighborhoods, and others to keep them informed and involved. Before adopting the final Merced IRWM Plan, each governing body will conduct a public hearing to receive public comments.