Water Management Plans & Measurement

Agricultural water management plans (AWMP) provide an overview of an agricultural water supplier including background on its formation, facilities and operations, available water supplies, estimated demands and conservation and efficiency practices. These AWMPs facilitate short and long term planning efforts and provide an agricultural water supplier with an overall water budget for utilization in future years. In addition, adoption of an AWMP allow an agricultural water supplier the opportunity to pursue state grant and loan opportunities. Recent legislation has changed the requirements for AWMPs including SBX7-7, the Water Conservation bill passed in 2009. As part of a package of comprehensive water legislation, requires agricultural water suppliers to implement specific efficient water management practices (EWMPs) and requires suppliers serving more than 25,000 acres to adopt AWMP by December 31, 2012. SB X7-7 required specific content be included in the AWMP including measurement and volumetric pricing of water deliveries. SB X7-7 permits water management plans that are part of a regional plan to be submitted, providing that those plans meet the requirements of SB X7-7. Updates to the AWMP for these agricultural water suppliers are required by December 31, 2015 and every 5 years after that. Agricultural water supplies that provide water to 10,000 to 25,000 irrigated acres are required to prepare and adopt an AWMP and implement the EWMPs, if state funding is provided. Funding for AWMPs for these agricultural water supplies was made available in 2015 and Executive Order B-29-15 of April 1, 2015, requires these water suppliers adopt and submit their AWMPs to DWR no later than July 1, 2016.


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