Anza Groundwater Association Forms as a result of the 2011 Capacity Building Grant
Anza-Terwilliger Area Groundwater Management Planning Grant – Capacity Building
With the strong support of the Anza-Terwilliger Communities the County of Riverside received a grant from the State of California Department of Water Resources - Local Groundwater Assistance Fund. This grant will be used to begin a program to develop capacity for Groundwater Management, collect existing information, evaluate, and plan groundwater monitoring in the Anza-Terwilliger Area. Riverside County has contracted with South Coast Resource Conservation and Development Council and Integrated Planning and Management to collaboratively engage local, regional, federal and tribal stakeholders to participate in review and planning for future monitoring and management. Together through data collection, public outreach and workshops and stakeholder participation, they will assist the local area with efforts to plan, fund and develop a Groundwater Management Plan to assure the region has a sustainable future for all water users.
The first efforts will focus on setting up and holding workshops to engage stakeholder participation and to develop an understanding of the goals, organization and preliminary elements of agreement for cooperative groundwater management of the Anza-Terwilliger area. In addition, collecting and consolidating existing groundwater monitoring data and identifying areas where additional groundwater data are needed will begin. The grant must produce its final report for approval in November which will contain an outline of the recommended Groundwater Management Plan.
Project at a Glance:
The project will accomplish the following by early November 2011.
- Outreach to the community to develop understanding and document issues for groundwater planning
- Assist the Community in scoping and developing groundwater management planning
- Coordinate closely with the IRWM program and other sources of funding for Groundwater Management
- Assist community in understanding and identify options for organizing to manage groundwater
Project Tasks include:The Task for the project are shown below:
- Coordinate with Groundwater Stakeholders tribal and non-tribal
- Up to 3 Stakeholder workshops
- Document groundwater issues
- Provide a Groundwater Management Planning outline document
- Plan and collect existing available groundwater data
- Identify and characterize existing data and sources for community access
- Document Groundwater Management study area
- Develop a Preliminary Organizational Structure
- Provide options and concepts for community feedback and document the options comments and recommendations
- Prepare progress and final reports
- Periodic reports
- Final Report November 1, 2011