Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) is a comprehensive and collaborative approach to managing water resources on a regional scale.
The practice of IRWM is rooted in the principle of regional control, enabling self-identified regions to implement water management solutions that increase regional self-reliance, reduce conflict, and manage water to concurrently achieve social, environmental, and economic objectives.
The San Gorgonio Pass area is the mountain pass between the San Bernardino Mountains to the north and San Jacinto Mountains to the south. Water management within the San Gorgonio Region has historically been conducted by individual water resource agencies or together as part of specific groups to address specific needs. The San Gorgonio Regional Water Management Group (RWMG) was formed in 2016 by a group of stakeholders within the San Gorgonio Pass with an interest in collaborating to identify regional water resources needs and implement the strategies and projects necessary to meet those needs.
The San Gorgonio IRWM Region was formed in 2016 through a Regional Acceptance Process application to the California Department of Water Resources. The San Gorgonio IRWM Region’s first IRWM Plan is currently being developed through a collaborative stakeholder process to set regional goals and to create an integrated planning process that develops strategies and projects to address the water resource management needs of the Region’s stakeholders.
Regional Water Management Group
In 2016, the San Gorgonio IRWM Regional Water Management Group (RWMG) was formed to manage the development of a new IRWM Region in the San Gorgonio Pass. The RWMG includes the City of Banning, Banning Heights Mutual Water Company, Cabazon Water District, High Valleys Water District, Riverside County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, and the San Gorgonio Pass Water Agency. The RWMG is responsible for preparing the IRWM Plan and governing the planning process, as well as approving projects for inclusion in the Plan.
The Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) was created to provide an opportunity for key stakeholders to participate in the SG IRWM Program. SAC members are selected by consensus and serve on behalf of the RWMG to inform and advise the RWMG agencies on regional needs, goals, priorities, strategies, and projects. Together, SAC members represent local and countywide agencies, tribal nations, commercial, community, and industry groups involved in water resource management.
The main opportunity for public participation in the San Gorgonio IRWM program is through SAC meetings and workshops. All meetings are open to the public and there are no limitations preventing the public and other stakeholders and the public from participating on an equal footing with members of the SAC.
All interested stakeholders and members of the pubic are invited to participate in all public meetings of the Stakeholder Advisory Committee. The current meeting schedule is provided below.
Upcoming Stakeholder Advisory Committee Schedule
No meetings currently scheduled
Stakeholder Advisory Committee meetings are typically on Wednesdays, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m at the City of Banning
Upcoming Regional Water Management Group Meeting Schedule
No meetings currently scheduled
Email Distribution List
Interested parties are encouraged to join the IRWM email distribution list to stay up to date on San Gorgonio IRWM activities, including notifications and agendas for upcoming meetings, requests for information or input on IRWM planning documents, notification of funding opportunities, and other IRWM-related announcements. To join the stakeholder list, contact Angela Shelton.
Stakeholders and other interested members of the public can request that materials be distributed in other formats to accommodate their needs by contacting the Region’s Program Manager.
The San Gorgonio IRWM Plan is now available. Please click on the links below to download and view the document and appendices as PDFs.
Stakeholder Meeting Materials (PDFs)
Project submittal is a dynamic and on-going process to allow for new and updated projects to be readily incorporated into the IRWM Plan. Projects can be submitted at any time or through the Call-for-Projects. Projects can be Implementation or Conceptual projects. Implementation projects are those that meet IRWM Plan requirements and will benefit the Region. Conceptual projects are those through further development will meet the IRWM Plan requirements and could potentially benefit the region.
Use the Project Nomination Form (PNF) to submit your project, which clearly identifies information required for Implementation or Conceptual projects. The PNF is updated periodically and is posted here. Instructions for submitting are included on the PNF.
GRANT FUNDING AWARDED
2021 Urban and Multibenefit Drought Relief Grant Program
Announced in January 2022, the City of Banning’s Banning Critical Well Relocation (M-12) for Drought Relief Project has been awarded $2,475,000 by the Department of Water Resources (DWR) for the Urban and Multibenefit Drought Relief Grant Program. The new well, designated as M-12A, will provide additional water production capacity to ensure reliability and resiliency of the City of Banning’s water system.