North Coast IRWM Plan

North Coast Integrated Regional Water Management Plan

The North Coast Resource Partnership (NCRP) engages in targeted planning to achieve its regional goals and to guide project implementation. The NCRP is currently working on a regional integrated strategy for economic vitality, watershed health and human community vitality funded by the Strategic Growth Council. The NCRP has – over the last ten years - developed several iterations of  the North Coast Integrated Regional Water Management Plan (NCIRWMP). The NCIRWMP adopted in 2005, 2007 and 2014, relies on the commitment of the NCRP members, a coalition of seven diverse counties, and more than 100 public agencies, Tribes, watershed groups, non-governmental organizations and interested stakeholders. By taking a shared, regional approach to water resources planning, the NCRP works to find solutions that effectively manage water resources, restore salmonid populations, enhance the beneficial uses of water, promote energy independence, address climate change, support local autonomy and foster inter-regional cooperation.

The NCIRWMP emphasizes the creation of a sustainable environmental and socio-economic framework for the North Coast, by engaging in integrated planning for water infrastructure and natural resources. Planning and project focus areas include the recovery of salmonid populations, enhancement of the beneficial uses of water, support for energy independence, local autonomy and intra-regional cooperation.

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 

Goal 1: Intraregional Cooperation & Adaptive Management

  • 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 - Integrate Traditional Ecological Knowledge in collaboration with Tribes to incorporate these practices into North Coast Projects and Plans

Goal 2: Economic Vitality

  • Objective 4 - Ensure that economically disadvantaged communities are supported and that project implementation enhances the economic vitality of disadvantaged communities by improving built and natural infrastructure systems and promoting adequate housing
  • Objective 5 - Conserve and improve the economic benefits of North Coast Region working landscapes and natural areas

Goal 3: Ecosystem Conservation and Enhancement

  • Objective 6 - Conserve, enhance, and restore watersheds and aquatic ecosystems, including functions, habitats, and elements that support biological diversity
  • Objective 7 - Enhance salmonid populations by conserving, enhancing, and restoring required habitats and watershed processes

Goal 4: Beneficial Uses of Water

  • Objective 8 - Ensure water supply reliability and quality for municipal, domestic, agricultural, Tribal, cultural, and recreational uses while minimizing impacts to sensitive resources
  • Objective 9 - Improve drinking water quality and water related infrastructure to protect public health, with a focus on economically disadvantaged communities
  • Objective 10 - Protect groundwater resources from over-drafting and contamination

Goal 5: Climate Adaptation & Energy Independence

  • Objective 11 - Address climate change effects, impacts, vulnerabilities, and strategies for local and regional sectors to improve air and water quality and promote public health
  • Objective 12 - Promote local energy independence, water/ energy use efficiency, GHG emission reduction, and jobs creation

Goal 6: Public Safety

  • Objective 13 - Improve flood protection and reduce flood risk in support of public safety