California Water Bond Compromise Headed to Voters

California voters will consider a $7.5 Billion Water Bond in November following a deal that was struck between Governor Jerry Brown and lawmakers on August 13th. The new version replaces an $11.1 Billion Water Bond that did not make it to the ballot over fears California voters would reject it.

If approved in November, Integrated Regional water Management would have $510 Million set aside for planning and project implementation. $520 Million would be allocated to provide safe, clean and reliable drinking water to all Californians, ...

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CDFA Extends Deadline for SWEEP Grant

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has extended the deadline for applications to the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) to July 29, 2014. The SWEEP grant program is authorized by California emergency drought legislation (Senate Bill 103). An estimated $10 million in competitive grant funding will be awarded to provide financial assistance to agricultural operations for implementation of water conservation measures that result in increased water efficiency and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

Applicants must access the Application ...

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State Water Board Announces New “Funding Finder”

The State Water Board, Division of Financial Assistance (DFA), announces a new “Funding Finder” to assist you in finding the most appropriate funding source for your water quality project. After answering a few simple questions about your project, the “Funding Finder” will provide you with DFA’s currently available funding source(s).

The “Funding Finder” is located on the left side of DFA’s web page at

For each of the funding programs available you will find a brief description of the ...

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Environmental Justice Small Grants for Drinking Water

Notice of Funding Availability for the
California EPA 2015/2016 Environmental Justice Small Grants

Program Website & Application

Funding Available
A minimum $250,000 in grant funds is available for the 2015 grant cycle. Grants have generally been awarded in the range of $15,000 to $20,000. Cal/EPA plans to announce the grant awards in December of 2014. The grant term will be 12 months, approximately February 2015 through February 2016.

Eligible ...

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2014 Water-Energy Grant Program Draft Guidelines & PSP Released

DWR has released the 2014 Water-Energy Grant Program Draft Guidelines and Proposal Solicitation Package.  This program is funded by the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund.

DWR will conduct three public meetings in August to receive comments on the Draft document:

Location Date
Inland Empire Utilities Agency
Board Room
6075 Kimball Ave
Chino, CA 91710
August 19, 2014
at 1:00 p.m.
State Building
Assembly Room 1036
2550 Mariposa Mall
Fresno, CA 93721
August 21, 2014
At 1:00 p.m.
CalEPA Building
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SWRCB Offering One Percent Loans for Water Recycling Projects

As announced earlier this year, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) has funding available in 1 percent loans – approximately half the already low current interest rate – for water recycling projects that can be completed within three years of Governor Brown’s January 17, 2014 Drought Proclamation.

Water recycling is the use of treated municipal wastewater for beneficial purposes, such as agricultural and landscape irrigation, industrial processes, and replenishing ground water basins. Eligible projects include recycled water ...

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USDA & Farm Bureau to Host Fresno Funding Workshop

The new 2014 Farm Bill brought changes in conservation, commodity programs, crop insurance, rural development programs, loans, disaster programs, energy opportunities and much more. Many of these changes will take full effect in fiscal year 2015, beginning October 1, 2014.  Interested farmers, ranchers, agencies and organizations are welcome to attend a June 25th workshop in Fresno to hear about these and other Farm Bill changes from four USDA agencies.  The workshop will be focused towards answering questions and providing one-on-one assistance to ...

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DWR Releases Final 2014 Drought Grant PSP & Guidelines


DWR has released the final versions of the 2014 IRWM Drought Grant Program Guidelines and Proposal Solicitation Package. These newly released documents, public comments received on the draft documents, as well as other information about the IRWM Grant Program, can be found at:

On January 17, 2014, Governor Edmund G. Brown proclaimed a Drought State of Emergency and on March 1, 2014, Governor Brown signed legislation to assist drought-affected communities and provide funding to better use local water ...

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CDPH Public Water System Drought Emergency Response Program

CDPH Notice of Funding Availability Public Water System Drought Emergency Response Program

On March 1, 2014, Governor Brown approved a $687.4 million emergency drought relief package to take effect immediately. As a result of the Governor’s action, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released approved guidelines to administer $15 million in funding from the Public Water System Drought Emergency Response (PWSDER) Program to provide funding for interim and/or permanent solutions for community water systems and public water systems owned ...

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State Water Board Announces Funding Availability for Interim Emergency Drinking Water

On March 1, 2014, Governor Brown approved a $687.4-million emergency drought relief package to take effect immediately. As a result of the Governor’s action, the State Water Resources Control Board recently approved $4 million in funding to provide interim replacement drinking water for economically disadvantaged communities with contaminated water supplies (see attached Media Release).  The funding became available through flexibility allowed in recently-signed drought legislation to ensure communities in need can apply for, and receive interim replacement drinking water. The ...

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