AGWA hosts first public meeting

On Jan. 24, Anza Ground Water Association or AGWA held their first public meeting since their formation last March of 2012. Chair Elena Mafla gave a power point presentation of the overall goals of AGWA and the aspect of the way ground water is formed in the Anza Valley and its territories. This PowerPoint can be seen on AGWA’s website on the home page as well as other helpful information.

The following are the 13 members that make up AGWA’s Boards and each represents a different part of the community. Reginald Agunwah-Ramona Band of Cahuilla, Brian Baharie-Resident-Vice Chair, Joanna Crombie-Resident/Ag, Eric Haley-Heritage Well Service, Merl Johnson-Ramona Water Company Annika Knopple- High County Garden Club, Mike Machado-Anza Electric Co-op, Elena Mafla-Boojum Institute-Chair, Dan Marlin-AVMAC-Correspondent, Jackie Spanley-Rural Communities United, Anza Branch, Marea Stinette Levine-High Country Conservancy-Sectretary-Ed Wall- Resident and Corey Wallace-Rancho Water District.

AGWA’s mission: “The Anza Ground Water Association will pursue opportunities that expand and share knowledge relating to the quality and quantity of our area groundwater on behalf of our community.”

Last year the community was granted a Local Groundwater Assistance (LGA) Grant of $50,000 which lead to AGWA’s formation. This committee formation was to be a steering committee comprised of different community interests, to formulate a groundwater management plan and to apply, find and set up the necessary agencies to accept these grants within the community in the future. They are not involved with water right issues.

According to the LGA grants site –”LGA Grants are to provide local public agencies with up to $250,000 to conduct groundwater studies or carry out groundwater monitoring and management activities. Approximately $4.7 million in funding from Proposition 84 is anticipated for the fiscal year 2011-2012 LGA Grant Program-alone.” View at www.water.ca.gov/lgagrant.

These are state funds already set aside form the selling of bonds due to Prop 84. Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM)

What is IRWM? According to the Department of Water Resources website Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) is a collaborative effort to manage all aspects of water resources in a region. IRWM crosses jurisdictional, watershed, and political boundaries; involves multiple agencies, stakeholders, individuals, and groups; and attempts to address the issues and differing perspectives of all the entities involved through mutually beneficial solutions.

DWR’s IRWM Grant Program

DWR has a number of IRWM grant program funding opportunities. Current IRWM grant programs include: planning, implementation, and stormwater flood management.

IRWM Grant Program History

2002 – Senate Bill 1672 creates the Integrated Regional Water Management Act to encourage local agencies to work cooperatively to manage local and imported water supplies to improve the quality, quantity, and reliability.

November 2002 – California voters pass Proposition 50, the Water Security, Clean Drinking Water, Coastal and Beach Protection Act of 2002, which provides $500,000,000 (CWC

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