Regional Water Management Foundation

A cooperative approach to local water management.


The Regional Water Management Foundation was established by the Community Foundation, in cooperation with local agencies, to support planning and obtain funding for water resource projects in Santa Cruz County. Since 2008, $13.6 million in state grants have been awarded through the Foundation.

Our Water, It’s Local

If you live in Santa Cruz County chances are the water flowing from your tap didn’t travel far. Unlike many areas in the state that import water, we rely on a few local sources. 

Managing our scarce water resources requires the participation of numerous agencies, municipalities and nonprofit organizations.

What We Do

We promote local coordination and collaboration on water resources management. Since 2007, we've supported the Santa Cruz Integrated Regional Management Program, which promotes regional self-sufficiency and planning for water supply, water quality, watershed stewardship, stormwater and flood management. We provide grant administration and support to our local agency partners.

The Foundation has its own board of directors and staff that administers the state grants and local projects. We work with: