Proposition 1 Ecosystem Restoration and Water Quality Grant Program
The Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 (Prop. 1) was approved by voters in November 2014. Prop. 1 provides funding to implement the three objectives of the California Water Action Plan: more reliable water supplies, restoration of important species and habitat and a more resilient and sustainably managed water infrastructure. The Conservancy’s Ecosystem Restoration and Water Quality Grant Program intends to focus on the restoration of important species and habitat.
The Delta Conservancy has awarded four cycles of Proposition 1 grants. To date the program has funded $35.3 million for 26 grants, benefiting more than 8,065 acres of habitat in the Delta.
Cycle 4 Grant Awards
WEST SACRAMENTO – [MAY 23, 2019] – The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy Board has approved seven grants, totaling $11 million, as part of the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 (Proposition 1) Grant Program.
Combined, these seven projects involve 51 entities partnering to improve the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, including state and federal agencies, non-profit organizations, private landowners and businesses, local governments, and special districts. “The Conservancy is proud to continue demonstrating that ecosystem restoration in the Delta can have widespread local support,” said Campbell Ingram, Executive Officer of the Delta Conservancy.
Each project is located in one or more of the five Delta counties: Contra Costa, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Solano, and Yolo. The $11 million awarded in this cycle will benefit the region through restoration and enhancement of important habitat areas in the Delta and controlling nutria, a destructive invasive species.
One of the approved projects is “Delta Working Waterways Habitat Restoration Planning” by the Solano Resource Conservation District (RCD). “These funds give us the opportunity to sink into a planning process with many stakeholders over thousands of acres of agricultural land,” said Chris Rose, Executive Director of the Solano RCD. “This allows us to spend time with land owners and agency partners to work on projects that are mutually-beneficial both to efficient agriculture and for habitat improvement and enhancement.”
Other Proposition 1 Information
In Prop. 1, $50 million is identified for the Conservancy “for competitive grants for multibenefit ecosystem and watershed protection and restoration projects in accordance with statewide priorities.” (California Water Code Sections 79730 and 79731). Per Prop. 1 and the Conservancy’s enabling legislation (Public Resources Code Sections 32300 to 32381), emphasis will be placed on projects using public lands and those that “maximize voluntary landowner participation in projects that provide measureable and long-lasting habitat or species improvements in the Delta.” All proposed projects must be aligned with statewide priorities as identified in Prop. 1, the California Water Action Plan, the Conservancy’s governing statute, the Delta Plan, and the Conservancy’s 2017-2022 Strategic Plan.
- Ecosystem Protection, Restoration, and Enhancement
- Water Quality
- Water-related Agricultural Sustainability
- California public agencies
- Nonprofit organizations
- Tribal organizations
- Public utilities
- Mutual water companies, including local and regional companies
Proposals for implementation projects must adhere to the State General Obligation Bond Law, which requires that capital outlay projects be maintained for a minimum of 15 years (section 16727(a)): ”Proceeds from the sale of any bonds issued pursuant to this chapter shall be used only for the following purposes: (a) The costs of construction or acquisition of capital assets. “Capital assets” mean tangible physical property with an expected useful life of 15 years or more.”
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