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DWR Lays Groundwork For Sustainable Groundwater Management Grants

August 6, 2020

Department of Water Resources (DWR) is conducting its first Sustainable Groundwater Management (SGM) Implementation Grant solicitation, providing a minimum of $103 million in Proposition 68 funds for competitive grants. The Round 1 grant solicitation will provide $26 million for critically overdrafted (COD) basins only. The future Round 2 grant solicitation will provide a minimum of $77 million for medium- and high-priority (including COD) basins. The two rounds of grant solicitations may fund implementation projects that:

  • Address drought and groundwater challenges to achieve regional sustainability for investments in groundwater recharge projects with surface water, stormwater, recycled water, and other conjunctive use projects;
  • Prevent or clean up contamination of groundwater that serves as a source of drinking water;
  • Support water supply reliability, water conservation, and water use efficiency; and
  • Support water banking, exchange, and reclamation.

In addition, DWR has released a draft Proposition 68 SGM Grant Program Implementation Proposal Solicitation Package (PSP) for public comment. This program will help with projects that implement Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs). The Draft PSP is attached and can also be found at: www.water.ca.gov/sgmgrants.

The release of these draft documents opens the 45-day public comment period, which will close on September 18, 2020. DWR will host a virtual Public Meeting to present the Draft PSP and solicit comments.

The meeting information is below:

Prop 68 Implementation Workshop will be held on September 3, 2020 10:00 AM PDT.  Please register at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2845700328374977036

If you have any questions, please e-mail to SGWP@water.ca.gov.

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