2020 Watershed Coordinator Grant Program Supports SGMA Efforts by Caroline Minasian Apr 21, 2020 Water News The California Department of Conservation’s 2020 Sustainable Groundwater Management Watershed Coordinator Grant Program has $1.5 million available for watershed coordinator positions to facilitate watershed-scale collaborations, promote integrated water management efforts, and support local implementation activities focused on areas in the state impacted by Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). The maximum limit for each proposal is $200,000 and eligible applicants include Groundwater Sustainability Agencies, special districts, nonprofits with 501(c)(3) status, local governments and California Native American Tribes. Public comments on the grant solicitation and application are due by April 30. Comments can be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The program aims to improve watersheds and related groundwater sustainability by supporting local improvement efforts by increasing collaboration and partnerships between diverse entities at the regional scale. Example projects listed in the grant solicitation include the following: Supporting local watershed activities. Implementing watershed restoration, maintenance, and conservation activities that support the goals and objectives of the program, including improved river functions. Facilitating coordination and assistance. Facilitating and improving coordination and assistance between government agencies, other organizations, and local watershed groups. Developing watershed monitoring and assessment protocols. Facilitating monitoring efforts that are consistent with program protocols and support watershed activities that ensure that adaptive management processes can be applied. Supporting education and outreach. Supporting resource conservation education at the local watershed level and providing organizational and administrative support to watershed programs. More information and the draft solicitation and application is available online.