CABY is the Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) planning group that serves communities living in the watersheds of the Cosumnes, American, Bear and Yuba rivers. The Sierra Fund works toward equitable inclusion of Tribes and underestimated communities in the group’s decision-making processes to ensure that the regional plan (CABY Plan) is inclusive of their priorities and to support consultation of these entities as stewards of regional water bodies and recipients of funding for water infrastructure needs.
IRWM planning is a vital process that promotes bringing together and prioritizing water-related efforts in the region in a systematic way to ensure sustainable and equitable water uses, reliable water supplies, better water quality, environmental stewardship, efficient urban development, protection of agriculture, and a strong economy. To leave Tribes and underestimated community members out of this process is to perpetuate structural inequities around access to a fundamental requirement for life – water.
CA Department of Water Resources, through a subcontract with the Sierra Institute for Community and the Environment