$86.3 Million Available for Groundwater Sustainability Plans and Projects

The California Department of Water Resources today announced the release of its 2017 Draft Proposal Solicitation Package for Groundwater Sustainability Plans and Projects which is a key step in the process of awarding $86.3 million for the plans and projects in fiscal year 2017-‘18.

The grant program is funded by Proposition 1, the $7.5 billion water bond approved by California voters in 2014.  Proposition 1 authorized the Legislature to appropriate $100 million for competitive grants for development of sustainable groundwater plans and projects, of which $86.3 million is available in fiscal year 2017-18.  The grants are intended to support groundwater management that furthers the goals of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, the 2014 law that requires local agencies to bring stressed groundwater basins into sustainable patterns of pumping and recharge. 

DWR will solicit proposals to award funding on a competitive basis in two funding categories: projects that serve severely disadvantaged communities and Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs). GSPs have two tiers: Tier 1 is for critically overdrafted basins and Tier 2 is for all other high- and medium- priority basins. Additional details about the draft proposal are available on the Planning Grant Program webpage.

This release of the draft proposal solicitation package begins the public comment period. The public comment period will close June 19. DWR will hold three public meetings to review the contents of the package and to receive comments.

The meeting locations and times follow:
June 12,  10:00 a.m.
Bonderson Building
901 P Street, Hearing Room
Sacramento, CA 95814
June 13, 1:00 p.m.
Fresno Irrigation District
2907 S. Maple Avenue, Boardroom
Fresno, CA 93725
June 14, 1:00 p.m.
Irvine Ranch Water District
15600 Sand Canyon Avenue, Sand Canyon Room
Irvine, CA 92618