Prop 1 IRWM Disadvantaged Community Involvement Grant Program

The Prop 1 IRWM Disadvantaged Community Involvement Grant Program allocated $3.4 million to the Tulare-Kern Funding Region for the purpose of ensuring involvement of disadvantaged communities (DACs), economically distresses areas (EDAs), or underrepresented communities (collectively referred to as DACs) in IRWM Planning efforts. IRWM planning is a statewide voluntary water planning effort that seeks to incentivize regional collaboration between local agencies in order to promote regional water management and the implementation of multi-benefit projects.

The Prop 1 Disadvantaged Community Involvement Grant Program for the Tulare-Kern Funding Region involves participation from the 7 IRWM groups: Kaweah River Basin IRWM Group, Kern County IRWM Group, Kings Basin Water Authority, Poso Creek IRWM Group, Southern Sierra Regional Water Management Group, Tule River Basin IRWM Group, and Westside-San Joaquin IRWM Group; Counties, DAC representatives, and environmental justice groups. The County of Tulare is the lead applicant for this grant program on behalf of the Tulare-Kern Funding Region.

The formation of a Project Advisory Committee (PAC) will provide an advisory role to the development of the Program activities. Each IRWM group will nominate their primary and alternate IRWM and DAC representatives to the PAC. As such, the Kings Basin Water Authority is currently seeking interested persons to participate on the PAC. Applications may be obtained by clicking the document below. Please submit your application to Soua Lee by email, mail or fax no later than September 8, 2017.

PROJECT ADVISORY COMMITTEE APPLICATION

Project Descriptions

PROJECT:  Prop 1 IRWM Disadvantaged Community Involvement Program for the Tulare-Kern Funding Region

The Prop 1 IRWM Disadvantaged Community Involvement Grant Program for the Tulare-Kern Funding Region will fund the following activities:

Needs Assessment of all communities within the Tulare Lake Basin area. Needs assessment will include an evaluation of the community characteristics, drinking water, wastewater, storm water and other water related needs.

Project Development to help communities develop shovel-ready projects that will be completive planning or construction funding, e.g. engineering, environmental documents, application preparation and more. $2 million of the $3.4 million grant funds has been allocated to this task.

DAC Engagement and Education Program will consist of community meetings, training workshops and educational tours/field trips.

Project Administration and Reporting Tasks including project management, grant administration, and final report.