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CABY adopted our Final IRWM Plan in May 2014.  The IRWMP includes a set of action items that the group will be enacting over the coming years. 


The ongoing projects that CABY has received funding for in Rounds 1, 2 and the Drought Grant Round of the DWR Proposition 84 grant cycles are currently being implemented. The web site is  being redesigned to include pages and links to enable interested parties to track the progress of the various projects.




Welcome to CABY

Lake Combie


THE REGION The CABY region comprises four watersheds--the Cosumnes, American, Bear, and Yuba--which combine to form a major drainage area of the western slope of the Sierra Nevada range, from the mountain crest to the Central Valley. The collective streams, rivers, lakes, and reservoirs of these watersheds flow into the Sacramento River and are a major source of fresh water for the state of California.

CABY is made up of a diverse group of stakeholders who are passionate about making a difference in the region in a consensus-driven manner. Click here for more information.

The Sierra Nevada has significant water issues and conflicts unique to its geography and elevation. Take a look at the IRWMP Goals & Objectives page for a list of the major issues and possible solutions identified in the plan.

Next Planning Committee Meetings

PC/CC Meeting
American River Room at the PCWA Office Building, Auburn, CA,
Dec 09, 2015
RWMG Meeting
American River Room at the PCWA Office Building, Auburn, CA,
Dec 09, 2015


PC/CC and RWMG Meeting 

The next Planning Committee (PC) and CABY-RWMG meetings will be on Wednesday, December 9, 2015. For more information, see above.

CABY Region Recommended for Round 3 Implementation Grant Award! 

On October 29, 2015, DWR announced their preliminary Round 3 funding recommendations. The CABY region grant, prepared and submitted by the Sierra Fund (as project applicant), included two projects which if affirmed after public review process, will be the fourth successful ImplementationGrant for the CABY region from Proposition 84. Link to application to come.

CABY Adopts 2014 Updated IRWMP

In March 2014,  CABY submitted the final consensus-developed and PC/CC approved IRWMP document to DWR for review to assure that it was fully compliant with all guidelines. In May, CABY received a letter from DWR indicating that the document was deemed guideline compliant, with no further comments or necessary changes.On May 30, 2014, the CABY Planning and Coordinating Committees adopted the 2014 IRWMP Update. This marks the close of the planning process and a move into implementation activities. Full text of documents is included in the 2014 Plan tab: A single PDF including the entire Plan will be posted soon, however this document will be very large and some systems will be unable to download this single PDF. Therefore, individual chapters will remain available to facilitate download and review. 

CABY Region Recommended for Round 2 Implementation Grant Award! 

On September 25, 2013, DWR announced their preliminary Round 2 funding recommendations. The CABY region grant, prepared and submitted by the Sierra Fund (as project applicant), included seven projects totaling $8,572,348 with a total request for state fund of $5,543,032. The Sierra Fund application was one of the highest scoring in the state and, if affirmed after public review process, will be the second successful grant for the CABY region from Proposition 84. Link to application to come.

The seven projects included in the application and the total funds requested for each project are as follows:

Camptonville Water System Improvement Project: $789,341

City of Placerville Waterline Replacement: $950,000

El Dorado County Small Hydro Development Program: $380,000

Water Efficiency, Water Quality, and Supply Reliability in the CABY Region: $997,500

Wolf Creek Watershed: Restoration, Stormwater Source Control, and Flood Management: $342,499

CABY Mercury and Sediment Abatement Initiative: $1,498,524

Meadow Restoration, Assessment and Prioritization in the American, Bear, and Yuba Watersheds: $308,016


CABY/Nevada City Awarded Prop 84 Implementation Funding 

The CABY region with Nevada City as the overall project sponsor was successfully awarded a Proposition 84 Implementation Grant in late 2011. The project application included a variety of projects from four individual CABY stakeholder/member groups: Nevada City (8 projects), Washington County Water District (6 projects), Placer County Water Agency (1 project), and American Rivers (1 project). At the time of submittal, Nevada City, the community of Washington and the community of Colfax were all considered disadvantaged communities with an income of equal to or less than 80% of the median household income of California. Additionally, the community of Washington was and is considered severely disadvantaged with an income of equal to or less than 60% of the median household income of California.

Each of the funded projects will have its own dedicated page within this website as of mid-October 2013. These pages are currently under construction. As the various projects all have different start and end dates, the project-specific pages will be created and updated based on the individual project implementation schedule.

A list of the projects follows organized by sponsor.

Nevada City

1. Gracie Road Intertie

2. South Pine Street Distribution System Improvement

3. Park Avenue Distribution System Improvement

4. Prospect Street Distribution System Improvement

5. Install Altitude Valves with Integrated SCADA Systems on Storage Tanks 

6. Leak Detection Program

7. Installation of Water Meters on City Facilities

8. Integrated Water Shortage Contingency, Drought Preparedness

Washington County Water District

1. Maybert Road Transfer and Distribution Line Replacement

2. Relief Hill Road – Flow Control Pressure System Improvements

3. Level-Control Altitude Valve Improvements

4. System-wide Installation of Water Meters

5. Downtown Leak Detection and Repair

6. Comprehensive Water Conservation Planning Program

Placer County Water Agency

1. Leak Detection & Repair in the Communities of Alta/Colfax

American Rivers

1. CABY Water Trust

For detailed work plans for the various projects, please review the appropriate section of the 2010 Implementation Grant submittal here:

Nevada City:Work Plan Section (Nevada City Projects)

Washington County Water District: Work Plan Section (Washington Projects)

Placer County Water Agency: Work Plan Section (Alta Colfax Leak Detection)

American Rivers: Work Plan Section (Water Trust Project)

Links to Websites of import to CABY Members:

Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC):

California Rural Water Association (CRWA):

California Department of Public Health (CDPH) :

California Financing Coordinating Committee (CFCC) Infrastructure Financing for the 21st Century: