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A description of the process that was used after close of review on 12/6:

Per the direction of the PC at its November 14 meeting, the final review period for CABY IRWMP draft chapters closed on December 6, 2013. Following the close of review, the project team went through each of the nine comment submittals on a line-by-line basis.

After initial review it became clear that the comments fell into three general categories: (1) Comments which needed additional discussion at the CC level, (2) comments which were deemed noncontroversial but which other stakeholders may wish to review, and (3) comments that suggested changes that could be made without formal review (e.g., punctuation, spelling, format, or small word changes).

Comments grouped in category 1 or 2 were put in tables to enable quick tracking or discussion. All other comments were accepted into the chapter text which has been posted [link] for consideration.

 A description of how to use the various posted materials:

The posted materials enable CABY members and interested parties to: examine the comments provided by reviewers, read the chapters as revised in response to those comments, locate individual comments that are referred to the CC for additional discussion as well as those comments which resulted in changes to the text which do not require CC review.

Comments as recieved : these chapters show the comments exactly as sent by the commenters 

Revised Chapters

Chapters that did not receive any comments have been posted with final edits.

Chapters which received comments have been posted with all category 3 (minor) edits completed and all category 1&2 edits shown via highlighting (Category 1 is highlighted in yellow; Category 2 is highlighted in blue).

Tables supporting review of posted chapters

Table 1 : Comments Received which need further discussion at the CC. This table provides a section and page reference, a verbatim text of the original comments and the suggested action to be taken by the CC 

Table 2 : Revisions – FYI, as described above. This table provides a section and page reference, a copy of the suggested changes and a notation that the changes have been made.

The Process from here will be as follows:

1.       CC conference call on 1/9 from 10 – 11 a.m. will focus on planning for the 1/21 meeting (i.e., agenda, facilitation, objectives)

2.       During the conference call Katie will ask targeted members to conduct a single conference call during the week of 1/13 to resolve outstanding issues

3.       All CC/PC members will be notified of the 1/8 posting

4.       No further reviews of the document will be conducted, nor will any additional comments be received

5.       Anyone with objections to the text as revised (or to the suggestions of the project team, as shown in Tables 1 and/or 2, will need to bring their comments and concerns to the 1/21 PC meeting

6.       All unresolved comments/issues will be resolved at the PC meeting by attendees

7.       Following the 1/21 PC meeting, the project team will work to prepare a DWR review draft that will be submitted on 2/1, or whenever the DWR review period is opened

8.       If the DWR process does not move quickly enough to meet the contract agreement, then the PC has the option to adopt the plan prior to completion of DWR review. Any corrections subsequent to DWR compliance review will be made using processes already spelled out in the Governance section.  


Welcome to CABY

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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

CABY CC & PC Meeting
Apr 02, 2014


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: