FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES: Drought resiliency, SGMA watershed coordinator, project accelerator

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: Funding opportunity available to build drought resiliency through WaterSMART

The Bureau of Reclamation has released a funding opportunity for communities to take a proactive approach to drought through building projects that increase water supply reliability, improve water management, or provide benefits for fish, wildlife and the environment. The drought resiliency projects funding opportunity is available at www.grants.gov by searching funding opportunity number BOR-DO-20-F002.“We are looking for applicants that are working to implement projects that are identified in their drought response plans to avoid future crises and reduce the need for emergency response actions,” said Reclamation’s Acting Drought Response Program Manager John Whitler.Eligible applicants for funding include states, tribes, irrigation districts, water districts or other organizations with water or power delivery authority located in the western United States or U.S. territories. It also includes Alaska and Hawaii, which are now eligible.

Up to $300,000 per agreement is available for a project that can be completed within two years. Up to $750,000 per agreement is available for a project that can be completed within three years. Recipients must match the funding with a minimum of 50% non-federal cost-share.

Applications are due on July 8, 2020, at 4 p.m. MDT.

Visit Reclamation’s WaterSMART program at www.usbr.gov/watersmart and the Drought Response Program at www.usbr.gov/drought to learn more about this and other opportunities.


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/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 ASSISTANCE OPPORTUNITY: WaterNow accepting project accelerator applications for Spring 2020

WaterNow is pleased to announced that we are now accepting applications for the spring 2020 cycle of Project Accelerator! Project Accelerator offers cities and water agencies the opportunity to jumpstart a sustainable water project with free program and technical assistance.Project Accelerator awardees receive:

  • Tailored support for your program, including research, program design, evaluation metrics and training
  • Access to a broad network of water sector experts for your program and financing needs
  • Up to 250 hours of professional support for 6-9 months (valued at $25,000)

Do you need help advancing an innovative water program or project that could provide real benefits for your community? Complete an application today! Two projects will be selected to receive Project Accelerator support, and the deadline to apply is June 19, 2020.

Apply Now and Realize Your Water Innovation!.

If you’ve applied for Project Accelerator in the past, we encourage you to apply again. We were thrilled by the quality of projects and proposals we received last fall, and we hope you consider this round.

For more information about past projects, visit our website.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: 2020 Drainage Reuse Grant Program

From the Department of Water Resources:

The Drainage Reuse Grant Program provides funds to local public agencies, including public universities, in the state of California for research and/or programs that resolve agricultural subsurface drainage water issues. The program encourages development of methods of using subsurface drainage, reducing its toxic elements, and concentrating, separating and utilizing its salts. Grant applications for the 2020 Drainage Reuse Grant Program are due no later than Thursday, May 7, 2020 by 5:00 p.m.

Final Guidelines and Proposal Solicitation Package (PSP) for the Drainage Reuse Grant Program are available at https://water.ca.gov/Work-With-Us/Grants-And-Loans/AgDrainage-204.

Due to the current COVID-19 Pandemic situation, DWR decided to add an email option (PDF format) for accepting proposals. The complete application package can now be sent either by postal service or via email to AgDrainageGrants@water.ca.gov. A confirmation email will be sent for the application packages that are submitted via email.

Please email AgDrainageGrants@water.ca.gov if you have questions.

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 a future for water in the San Joaquin Valley

From the California Water Institute:

For all of California’s problems with surface and groundwater, the one not receiving the attention it arguably deserves is the problem of funding for new infrastructure, as well as the ongoing maintenance of existing infrastructure, much of which is now old and decaying.  Nationwide, the American Water Works Association estimates that an investment of about $1 trillion in infrastructure is needed by 2035 to make sure that Americans have access to clean drinking water (Thompson 2015).  Just achieving this in California alone would require spending approximately $30 to $160 million more a year on infrastructure, which, along with flood control and ecosystem preservation, are believed to be more poorly funded than water storage infrastructure (Hanak et al. 2014).

Where will the necessary funding come from to develop, upgrade, expand, and refurbish the water infrastructure systems in the San Joaquin Valley?

Read the California Water Institute’s first in a series of reports about funding options and strategies for water infrastructure in the San Joaquin Valley.  This first report, “Funding a Future for Water in the San Joaquin Valley: A Literature Review of Public Funding For Water Infrastructure” is available for review by clicking here. Special thanks to Professor Holyoke and his students in Fresno State’s College of Social Sciences for conducting this initial research effort.  We would also like to thank the generous contributions of our anonymous donor that graciously provided funding for this important work.  Stay tuned for the next reports.

Solutions to regional effort can only be made with regional input, we would like to hear your opinion! Please send any comments and or suggestions to this report to waterandsustainability@mail.fresnostate.edu.

Click here to download this report.

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 opportunities: It’s not too late to apply for SGMA Planning Grant funds; Help with technical assistance; State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP)

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: It’s not too late to apply for SGMA Planning Grant Funds

From the Department of Water Resources:

This is a friendly reminder that there is still time for groundwater sustainability agencies and partner agencies to submit applications for the Sustainable Groundwater Management Planning (SGMP) Grant Program which has at least $47.5 million to award for activities related to the development of a Groundwater Sustainability Plan. DWR has significantly streamlined the process from the last SGMP round making it still feasible for an applicant to prepare and submit a competitive application.  Grant applications can be submitted using GRanTS, DWR’s online submittal tool, and will be accepted until 1 p.m., on Friday, November 1, 2019. For more information, call (916) 651-9613 or email the program at  SGWP@water.ca.gov.

FUNDING ASSISTANCE OPPORTUNITY: Free assistance offered through WaterNow’s Project Accelerator

Is your utility or city trying to get a water initiative off the ground but doesn’t have enough time? Does your municipality want to launch a water efficiency program but needs more information or capacity? Perhaps your community would benefit from rebate incentives but you need more research or best management practices to implement?

You’re not alone. Many cities and utilities want to adopt innovative water programs but they require time and resources to implement. And let’s face it, the everyday workload of most utility staff probably doesn’t include bandwidth to accomplish new tasks.

WaterNow has the answer – and it’s FREE!

The WaterNow Project Accelerator can help advance a project or program that could provide sustainable solutions to stormwater, wastewater, and water quality challenges in your community. Fill out an application and we will select two projects to receive professional hands-on support and technical and program assistance ranging from deep water policy expertise to communications strategies. Project Accelerator offerings include up to 250 hours of professional support in 3-6 months (valued at $25,000 each).

Click here for more information and to apply.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP)

From the California Department of Food and Agriculture:

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is now accepting applications for the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP), a competitive grant program that incentivizes farmers to invest in irrigation water and energy efficiency. Agricultural operations can apply for up to $100,000 for projects that involve improvements to irrigation systems, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and save water. Projects funded through SWEEP commonly include elements such as soil, plant or weather sensors; micro-irrigation systems; pump retrofits or replacements; renewable energy; and variable frequency drives – among others.

Applications are due Monday, December 16, 2019 at 5 p.m. CDFA will hold three no-cost workshops to provide information on program requirements and the application process. Webinar participation is available, but applicants are encouraged to attend in person.

SWEEP Application Workshops:

Willows, CA – Monday, October 28, 2019
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Glenn County Office of Education
311 South Villa Ave.
Willows, CA 95988
Register for webinar participation at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1423354487948559883

Modesto, CA – Tuesday, October 29, 2019
10 a.m. to noon
Stanislaus County Agricultural Center
Harvest Hall, Room DE
3800 Cornucopia Way
Modesto, CA 95358
Register for webinar participation at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3882162654329651469

Bakersfield, CA – Wednesday, October 30, 2019
9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
University of California Cooperative Extension
1031 S. Mount Vernon Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93307
Register for webinar participation at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6168234245452706317

Potential applicants should review the application materials posted on the SWEEP webpage at https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/oefi/sweep. A list of CDFA-contracted technical assistance providers is also available on the SWEEP webpage. These organizations are available to provide no-cost application assistance to farmers who would like to apply for a SWEEP award.

This round of SWEEP is authorized by the Budget Act of 2018 and funded through the California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access for All Act of 2018 (SB-5).


Click here to view more funding opportunities.

State distributes grants to help implement SGMA

“With some local agencies just months away from a deadline to complete groundwater management plans, local and state officials acknowledge there have been a few speed bumps in distributing grant funding for planning and implementation. But observers say they expect the grant process overall to benefit groups working to comply with provisions of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.

“There’s the old adage that there’s no free money; you take the bad with the good and the bad is, these processes always take longer,” Northern California Water Association President David Guy said. … ”

Continue reading at Ag Alert here: State distributes grants to help implement SGMA

Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority discusses, approves revised budget

“Discussion and approval of a revised budget and awarding of a $240,000 contract for water marketing consulting services were the main action items for the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority board March 21.

A report and discussion on Plan of Action and Milestones, a report on Proposition 1 grant status, and a report on pump fee status and schedule were among other items on the agenda.

“Staff went through and basically reworked the budget from the start,” said Indian Wells Valley Water District General Manager Don Zdeba. … ”

Read more from the Independent here:  Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority discusses, approves revised budget

Owens Valley Groundwater Authority mulls budget

“After skipping its February meeting to figure out staffing, the Owens Valley Groundwater Authority had a chance to mull over its draft budget for this fiscal year.  This budget takes into consideration some unknowns when the initial budget was developed prior to the official formation of the Authority.

The biggest unknown was the grant application to cover the consultant’s cost to come up with a Groundwater Sustainability Plan. The OVGA got the grant and will now use member contributions to cover staff and other miscellaneous costs. … ”

Read more from Sierra Wave here:  Owens Valley Groundwater Authority mulls budget

No budget approved, Navy weighs in at IWV Groundwater Authority meeting:

“The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority met at City Hall on Thursday morning, first with an hour-long closed session meeting, covering potential litigation, followed by a five-hour regular meeting.

The 2019 IWVGA budget was not approved, after several board members and a handful of residents voiced their concerns over the presentation.  For starters, the budget that was presented was different from the one that was in the packet. A handful of numbers had been updated, including the total revenue (pump fee revenue and stressed counties grant revenue reimbursements) as well as a couple of lines in the expenditures section. … ”

Read more from the Ridgecrest Independent here:  No budget approved, Navy weighs in at IWV Groundwater Authority meeting