SWRCB Prop 1 Water Bond Public Workshops

The State Water Resources Control Board’s (State Water Board) Division of Financial Assistance (Division) will hold three public workshops to provide information regarding the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 (Proposition 1). The primary purpose of these workshops will be to give stakeholders an opportunity to provide State Water Board staff with feedback on the draft guidelines for Small Community Wastewater funding available from Proposition 1.

In addition, stakeholders will have the opportunity to provide State Water Board staff with input on the draft guidelines for the Clean, Safe, and Reliable Drinking Water funding, and hear updates on the Proposition 1 funding opportunities for Water Recycling, Stormwater, and Groundwater Sustainability.
Workshop dates and locations are as follows:

Scheduled Date and Time Location
1  Tuesday March 24th
9:30 am – 3:00 pm
Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board
Kings Conference Room
1685 E. Street
Fresno, CA 93706
2  Thursday March 26th
9:30 am – 3:00 pm
Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board
Highgrove Room, Suite 200
3737 Main Street, Suite 500
Riverside, CA 92501
3  Monday March 30th
9:30 am – 3:00 pm
CalEPA Headquarters Building
Sierra Hearing Room
1001 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
  • It is not necessary to register to attend these workshops. Individuals requiring special accommodations are requested to contact the State Water Board Contact identified at the end of this notice, at least 5 working days prior to the meeting(s).
  • Webcast (Sacramento workshop only) will be available at: http://www.calepa.ca.gov/broadcast/
  • Building access and parking information at: http://www.calepa.ca.gov/EPAbldg/location.htm

Background
Proposition 1 (Assembly Bill 1471, Rendon) authorized $7.545 billion in general obligation bonds for water projects including surface and groundwater storage, ecosystem and watershed protection and restoration, and drinking water protection. The State Water Board will administer Proposition 1 funds for five programs: wastewater, water recycling, drinking water, stormwater, and groundwater. The implementation schedule for each program will vary. Proposition 1 requires the creation of funding guidelines through a transparent and public process. Section 79706(b) of Proposition 1 requires at least three public meetings throughout the state to consider public comments prior to finalizing funding guidelines. In addition, the draft guidelines must be posted on the internet at least 30 days before the public meetings.

Proposed Workshop Agenda

9:30 am – 9:45 am Welcome, Purpose of the Workshop, Introductions
9:45 am – 11:00 am Small Community Wastewater – Draft Funding Guidelines
• Division staff presentation
• Opportunity for public comments and questions
 11:00 am – 11:15 am  Break
 11:15 am – 12:00 pm  Short Introduction to Funding Opportunities for:
• Water Recycling
• Stormwater
• Groundwater Sustainability and Senate Bill 445 Site Cleanup Subaccount
 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm  Break
 1:00 pm – 2:45 pm  Clean, Safe, and Reliable Drinking Water – Scoping
• Division staff presentation, focusing on areas where public feedback would help in shaping the draft guidelines
• Opportunity for public comments and questions
 2:45 pm – 3:00 pm  Opportunity for Final Comments or Questions
  • Workshops regarding the draft guidelines for the Water Recycling Funding Program will be held separately, anticipated April 2015.
  • Workshops regarding the draft funding guidelines for these two programs will be held separately, anticipated during 2016.
  • Outreach for potential projects to pre-apply.
  • This is a scoping session only. Workshops regarding the draft funding guidelines for the Clean, Safe and Reliable Drinking Water Program will be held separately, anticipated May 2015.

View the full SWRCB announcement here.

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