Bay Area IRWM Prop 1 Grant Recommendations

On July 22, 2019, the Bay Area IRWM Coordinating Committee approved the recommendation of eight projects to the Department of Water Resources (DWR) for Proposition 1 Implementation Grant funding.  The recommendations came from the IRWM working groups (Planning and Process Committee and Project Screening Committee) after months of guideline review, proposal solicitation, and review of project proposals.

A total of twenty-seven projects were evaluated and ranked by twelve of the fourteen-member Project Screening Committee. Though criteria were established by DWR ahead of time, the process was a significant effort with proposals weighing in at a minimum of nine pages each, not including additional attachments.

In the end, eight projects were recommended in a funding request to DWR. This includes projects in each of the four subregions (north, south, east, west) as well as regional projects benefiting the whole of the Bay Area.  Total funding request for this grant cycle is $22,750,000, including grant administration.

A pre-application has been submitted to DWR and a follow-up workshop is scheduled for August 23, 2019. DWR will then review all grant applications and determine project funding across the state.

Projects recommended for funding in the San Francisco Bay Area include:

Project Number Project Title Sponsor Grant Award
1 Grant Administration Association of Bay Area Govenments $994,550
2 RD1 System Fish Passage Improvements Alameda County Water District (ACWD) $3,346,992
3 Lower Walnut Creek Restoration Contra Costa County Flood Control and Water Conservation District $1,434,425
4 River Oaks Stormwater Capture Project City of San José $3,203,550
5 NBWRP Phase 2 North Bay Water Reuse Authority $4,061,270
6 Calistoga Water and Habitat Project City of Calistoga and Napa County Resource Conservation District $2,028,808
7 San Francisquito Creek Flood Protection, Ecosystem Restoration, and Recreation Project San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority $2,964,479
8 Bay Area Regional Water Conservation East Bay Municipal Utility District $4,177,875
9 San Francisco Zoo Recycled Water Pipeline Project San Francisco Public Utilities Commission $538,051