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Strategic Plan

The Watermaster parties collectively agreed to enhance the management of the Six Basins, beyond the execution of the Judgment, by developing a Strategic Plan for the Six Basins (Strategic Plan).  The Strategic Plan will be a water-resources management program that sustains and enhances the water supplies available to the Six Basins in a cost-effective manner and in accordance with the Judgment. The development of the Strategic Plan is a multi-year effort that is split into two phases.
The Phase I Draft Report for the Strategic Plan was completed in 2013 and included the following:
  • A description of the physical water resources of the Six Basins.
  • A description of the past, present, and future water demands of the water purveyors in the Six Basins, and the water supplies available to meet those demands.
  • A description of the needs and wants of the parties, their common goals for management of the Six Basins, and the impediments to achieving those goals.
  • A description, on a conceptual level, the recommended Strategic Plan initiatives that, if implemented, will remove the impediments and achieve the goals of the parties.
Phase 2 of the Strategic Plan process was completed in December 2015 and includes the following:
  • Refine and describe, in more detail, the Strategic Plan projects that were developed on a conceptual level during Phase 1.
  • Build and calibrate a numerical, computer-simulation model of the Six Basins and use it to evaluate the Strategic Plan projects.
  • Conduct economic and institutional evaluations of the Strategic Plan projects.
  • Recommend a Strategic Plan.
  • Develop an implementation plan for the Strategic Plan.
  • Complete Draft Strategic Plan Report

Implementation of the Strategic Plan is in progress. The Watermaster will not construct and operate projects to implement the Strategic Plan, but will provide support to project proponents. In July 2017, the Watermaster approved a Planning Proposal for Strategic Plan Implementation, which describes a three-year implementation program for the Watermaster to:

  • Finalize and adopt the Final Strategic Plan report which included a final framework for defining projects that are consistent with Strategic Plan Goals, refinements to the proposed conceptual projects, and final implementation plan
  • Select a Lead Agency for environmental review of the Strategic Plan pursuant to CEQA
  • Prepare and certify a programmatic environmental impact report (PEIR)
  • Update the Watermaster’s policies and procedures for review and approval of projects
  • Identify an apply for grants and low‐cost loans to support projects
Listed below are links to important documents related to the Strategic Plan and its implementation: