Collaborative Water Management, 2023

Collaborative water management is a watershed- and community-based approach to support and incentivize water users to implement water management practices and improvements in a collaborative manner. The approach leverages existing water management policies, funding opportunities, and tools to increase water supply security for people and improve critical streamflows for water- dependent species and ecosystems. CWM is especially applicable in regions where a significant number of individual or decentralized surface water diversions alter streamflows and negatively impact protected fish populations and other important water resources.

OAEC has several projects mentioned in the guidebook, including The Bodega Valley Rainwater Catchment and Alternative Water Supply Pilot Program, The Dutch Bill Creek Streamflow Improvement Plan, and The Mill Creek Collaborative Water Management Plan.