Colusa County landowners sought for groundwater recharge program

From the Colusa Sun-Herald:

The Nature Conservancy, in partnership with the Colusa Groundwater Authority, is now accepting applications for an on-farm Multi-Benefit Groundwater Recharge Incentive Program scheduled to take place this fall.

According to a release issued by the Nature Conservancy, the program provides an opportunity for growers to receive financial compensation for recharging groundwater during the course of normal farming operations on a variety of crops while also providing critical wetland habitat for waterbirds migrating along the Pacific Flyway.

“The program requires short-term commitments from growers to irrigate and maintain shallow depths on enrolled fields and pays for field preparation, irrigation and water costs,” read the release.

Click here to read this article at the Colusa Sun-Herald.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: Reclamation launches WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grant funding opportunity and extends drought resiliency project deadline; Webinar tomorrow

From the Bureau of Reclamation:

The Bureau of Reclamation is launching the 2021 WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grant funding opportunity that support water management organizations developing projects that result in quantifiable and sustained water savings, increase the production of hydropower and support broader water reliability benefits. Applications for these grants are due on Sept. 17, 2020, at 4 p.m. MDT. Reclamation is also extending the deadline for the 2021 Drought Resiliency Projects funding opportunity while raising the maximum federal award for each of the two groups of projects.

These Reclamation grant programs support the Department of the Interior’s commitment to meeting the President’s Memorandum on Promoting the Reliable Supply and Delivery of Water in the West.

For the Water and Energy Efficiency Grants, funding is available in two groups. This program provides up to $500,000 per agreement for projects that can be completed in two years and up to $2 million per agreement for projects that can be completed in three years. Recipients must match the funding with a minimum 50% cost-share. Learn more about this available grant at www.grants.gov by searching for grant number BOR-DO-21-F001. Learn more about the Water and Energy Efficiency Grants at www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART/weeg.

The Drought Resiliency Projects funding opportunity announced on May 4, 2020, is being extended until August 5, 2020, at 4 p.m. MDT. The funding available for each project has been increased up to $500,000 for projects that can be completed in two years and up to $1.5 million for projects that can be completed in three years. The funding opportunity is available at www.grants.gov by searching funding opportunity number BOR-DO-20-F002. Learn more about the Drought Program at www.usbr.gov/drought.

Eligible applicants for funding include states, tribes, irrigation districts, water districts or other organizations with water and power delivery authority located in the western United States or territories. Alaska and Hawaii are also eligible to apply.

Through WaterSMART, Reclamation works cooperatively with states, tribes and local entities as they plan for and implement actions to increase water supply reliability through investments to modernize existing infrastructure and attention to local water conflicts. Visit www.usbr.gov/watersmart to learn more.

WEBINAR TOMORROW, THURSDAY JUNE 25TH AT 9AM

On Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 10:00 A.M. MDT/9:00 A.M. PST, Reclamation will be hosting a webinar for the Water Energy and Efficiency Grant and the Drought Resiliency Program funding opportunities. You may learn more about these funding opportunities at www.usbr.gov/watersmart.

The following is the link for the live event: https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_MDhmMDM4OTYtNTA4Zi00MjRlLWFhZjctMTI2MjhhN2IzNmM1%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%220693b5ba-4b18-4d7b-9341-f32f400a5494%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%22eb0a53f4-b368-4bfc-9604-84352ea366e1%22%2c%22IsBroadcastMeeting%22%3atrue%7d

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: New Department of Conservation SGMA Watershed Coordinator Grant Program

A new 2020 Sustainable Groundwater Management Watershed Coordinator (SGMA) Grant Program is being launched at the Department of Conservation.  Grants are being offered for watershed coordinators in parts of the state impacted by implementation of SGMA.

Information about the program can be found at https://www.conservation.ca.gov/dlrp/grant-programs/watershed.

A public review draft solicitation and application has been posted at https://www.conservation.ca.gov/dlrp/grant-programs/watershed/Document/2020%20WCP%20SGMA%20Solicition%20Public%20Review%20Draft%20Posting1.pdf.

Please contact Department of Conservation watershed program staff with questions or comments via email at wcp@conservation.ca.gov​ ​​or phone at (916) 324-0850.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES: Groundwater remediation, DWR’s Technical and Facilitation Support Services

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: Proposition 68 Groundwater Treatment and Remediation Grant Program SDAC Solicitation

From the State Water Board:

The Division of Financial Assistance (DFA) is administering the Proposition 68 Groundwater Treatment and Remediation Grant Program. We are pleased to announce a new streamlined solicitation for Severely Disadvantaged Communities (SDAC).  For those interested, more information is available on the Proposition 68 Groundwater Treatment and Remediation Grant Program website.

This solicitation will close July 17, 2020 at 5:00 pm.

If you have any questions, please contact us at gwquality.funding@waterboards.ca.gov, Subject Line: Prop 68 Groundwater Treatment and Remediation Grant Program SDAC Proposal Solicitation.


SUPPORT FOR GSP DEVELOPMENT: DWR’s Technical and Facilitation Support Services

DWR’s Technical Support Services (TSS) supports Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) as they develop and implement their Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs). TSSs goal is to provide education, data, and tools to GSAs at both regional and statewide scales to build the capacity needed to achieve sustainability. TSS is available to GSAs through our Region Offices or contractors pending funding availability.

Click here for a 2-page fact sheet on DWR’s technical services.

DWR’s Facilitation Support Services (FSS) help local agencies work through challenging water management situations. Under SGMA, groundwater sustainability agencies (GSAs) shall encourage the active involvement of diverse social, cultural, and economic interests and consider all beneficial uses and users of groundwater when developing and implementing groundwater sustainability plans (GSPs). Sometimes GSAs need the help of professional facilitators to foster discussions among diverse water management interests and local agencies.

Learn more about DWR’s Technical and Facilitation Support Services by going to this page and scrolling down to Technical and Facilitation tabs.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: New Department of Conservation SGMA Watershed Coordinator Grant Program

The public comment period for the draft Solicitation and Application for 2020 Sustainable Groundwater Management Watershed Coordinator Program Grants (PDF) is now open. Public comments will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on April 30​, 2020.
The grants are being offered for watershed coordinators in regions impacted by the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). These watershed coordinators will work with local groundwater sustainability agencies, landowners, and local governments to identify and implement projects to help develop landowner driven solutions to increase groundwater sustainability and meet broader statewide goals of biodiversity and climate resiliency. ​
Comments may be submitted via email: wcp@conservation.ca.gov
Or by mail:
Watershed Coordinator Grant Program Manager
801 K Street, MS 14-15
Sacramento, CA 95814

Information about the program can be found at https://www.conservation.ca.gov/dlrp/grant-programs/watershed.

A public review draft solicitation and application has been posted at https://www.conservation.ca.gov/dlrp/grant-programs/watershed/Documents/2020%20WCP%20SGMA%20Solicition%20Public%20Review%20Draft%20Posting1.pdf.

Please contact Department of Conservation watershed program staff with questions or comments via email at wcp@conservation.ca.gov​ ​​or phone at (916) 324-0850.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: Proposition 68 Groundwater Treatment and Remediation Grant Program Proposal Solicitation

The Division of Financial Assistance (DFA) is pleased to announce that the Proposition 68 Groundwater Treatment and Remediation Grant Program funding solicitation is now open.  Information regarding the solicitation process is available on the Proposition 68 Groundwater Treatment and Remediation Grant Program website<https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/grants_loans/propositions/prop68.html>.

DFA staff will conduct a webinar on December 2, 2019 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm to provide useful information and guidance on how to apply.  Please use this link to join the webinar: Join Skype Meeting<https://meet.lync.com/cawaterboards/aparjeet.rangi/8MYFWVTF>

The solicitation will close January 24, 2020 at 5:00 pm.

If you have any questions, please contact us at gwquality.funding@waterboards.ca.gov<mailto:gwquality.funding@waterboards.ca.gov>, Subject Line: Prop 68 Groundwater Treatment and Remediation Grant Program Proposal Solicitation.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: Bureau of Reclamation makes up to $3 million available for 2019 Water Marketing Strategy Grants

From the Bureau of Reclamation:

The 2019 Water Marketing Strategy Grants funding opportunity is now available from the Bureau of Reclamation. This funding opportunity is available to water entities to establish or expand water markets or water marketing activities. Reclamation will make available up to $200,000 for simple projects that can be completed within two years and up to $400,000 for more complex projects that can be completed in three years. Up to $3 million is available for this funding opportunity.

“The water marketing strategy grants provide entities an opportunity to leverage their money and resources with Reclamation to develop a water marketing strategy to increase water supply reliability,” program coordinator Avra Morgan said.

The funding opportunity is available at www.grants.gov by searching for BOR-DO-19-F006. Applications will be due on July 31, 2019, at 4:00 p.m. MDT.

Those eligible to apply for these grants are states, Indian tribes, irrigation districts, water districts or other organizations with water or power delivery authority located in the western United States or United States territories. This includes Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Virgin Islands.

Water markets support the President’s memorandum on Promoting the Reliable Supply and Delivery of Water in the West. They are between willing buyers and sellers and can be used to help water managers meet demands efficiently in times of shortage, helping prevent water conflicts. These planning efforts proactively address water supply reliability and increase water management flexibility. Learn more about water marketing at https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart/watermarketing.

The funding is part of WaterSMART. WaterSMART is a Department of the Interior initiative that uses the best available science to improve water conservation and help water resource managers identify strategies to narrow the gap between supply and demand. For more information on the WaterSMART program, visit https://www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART.

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: Bureau of Reclamation provides funding opportunity for established watershed groups for on-the-ground watershed management projects

From the Bureau of Reclamation:

The Bureau of Reclamation has opened a funding opportunity for watershed groups to seek funding to implement on-the-ground watershed management projects for their communities. The funding provided through the Cooperative Watershed Management Program helps local stakeholders develop local solutions that will improve water reliability while reducing conflict, addressing complex water issues and stretching limited water supplies.

Reclamation anticipates awarding between six and 10 projects through this funding opportunity. To view the funding opportunity, please visit grants.gov and search for opportunity number BOR-DO-18-F013. Applications are due on January 30, 2019 by 4:00 p.m. MDT.

Each project may receive up to $300,000 in federal funding. The recipient must provide a minimum of 50-percent of the total project costs.

To be eligible for this funding, the applicant must be a watershed group. A watershed group is defined as a grassroots, non-regulatory entity that addresses water availability and quality issues with the relevant watershed, is capable of promoting the sustainable use of water resources in the watershed, makes decisions on a consensus basis, and represents a diverse group of stakeholders, including irrigated agriculture, the environment, municipal water suppliers, hydroelectric producers, livestock grazing, timber production, land development, recreation or tourism, private property owners, federal, state and local governments, and tribes.

To learn more about the Cooperative Watershed Management Program, please visit https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart/cwmp/.

Through WaterSMART, Reclamation works cooperatively with States, Tribes, and local entities as they plan for and implement actions to increase water supply through investments to modernize existing infrastructure and attention to local water conflicts. Visit https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart for additional information about the program.