Upper American River Basin Regional Drought Contingency Plan
El Dorado Water Agency completed the Upper American River Basin Regional Drought Contingency Plan (UARB RDCP) in collaboration with the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), Tribes, public water purveyors, land use agencies, and environmental interests in the West Slope of El Dorado County. The plan aims to improve long-term water resiliency to drought and expand mitigation planning to the Other County Area which is not currently served by public water purveyors.
The plan implements Resource Management Strategy 7, Improve Drought Preparedness and Responses, from the El Dorado Water Agency’s 2019 Water Resources Development and Management Plan. It is funded by Reclamation’s WaterSMART program and the El Dorado Water Agency’s non-federal cost share.
The resulting UARB RDCP complements the public water agency-specific water shortage contingency plans and provides a coherent approach on a regional level for better coordination and promotes the benefits shared by the entire West Slope area. The comment period for the public draft UARB RDCP was from September 13, 2021 to October 13, 2021.