Proposition 1: Resiliency, Recovery, And Response PSN - Watershed Restoration & Delta Water Quality and Ecosystem Restoration Grant Programs

California Department of Fish & Wildlife


Grant amount: Up to US $7,000,000

Deadline: Jun 13, 2018 4:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit Indigenous Group

Funding uses: Research, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: California

Location of residency: California

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Overview:

The Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 (Proposition 1), provides funding to implement the three objectives of the California Water Action Plan: more reliable water supplies, the restoration of important species and habitat, and a more resilient, sustainably managed water resources system.

Proposition 1 authorizes the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) to award $372.5 million in grant funds to multi-benefit ecosystem and watershed protection and restoration projects. CDFW distributes these funds on a competitive basis through two grant programs, the Watershed Restoration Grant Program and the Delta Water Quality and Ecosystem Restoration Grant Program. The CDFW Restoration Grant Guidelines for these grant programs were finalized in June 2015. These Guidelines provide a foundation for the basic requirements for project proposals; however, the information in this Solicitation supersedes any discrepancies between the two documents.

Proposition 1 includes a number of provisions that govern how CDFW may allocate funds authorized by California Water Code (CWC) Section 79737 and Section 79738, including those identified below. Projects must be consistent with the purposes of Proposition 1 to be eligible for funding through either grant program:

The Watershed Restoration Grant Program

  • These funds are available for water quality, river, and watershed protection and restoration projects of statewide importance outside of the Delta (CWC §79737[d]).
  • Funding shall only be used for projects that will provide fisheries or ecosystem benefits or improvements that are greater than required applicable environmental mitigation measures or compliance obligations, except for any water transfers for the benefit of subsection (d) of Section 3406 of the Central Valley Project Improvement Act (CVPIA) (Title 34 of Public Law 102-575) (CWC §79737[f]).
  • Funds shall not be expended to pay the costs of the design, construction, operation, mitigation, or maintenance of Delta conveyance facilities (CWC §79737[e]).
  • Funds may be used to address the unique ecological, flood control, water quality, and hydrological conditions associated with urban creeks and watersheds on the California-Mexico border (CWC §79737[g]).

The Delta Water Quality and Ecosystem Restoration Grant Program

  • Funding will be available for projects that will provide fisheries or ecosystem benefits or improvements that are greater than required applicable environmental mitigation measures or compliance obligations (CWC §79732[b]).
  • Funds shall not be expended to pay the costs of the design, construction, operation, mitigation, or maintenance of Delta conveyance facilities (CWC §79738[f])

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