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 Program activities and includes the following representatives:

  • One member representing each IRWM (7)
  • One DAC member selected by each IRWM (7)
  • One Tribe member (1)
  • Alternates for each PAC member (15)
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 is 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.