News Worth Noting: California Water Commission calls for concept papers on potential water storage projects; Funding Now Available for Fisheries Restoration Projects in Central Valley

California Water Commission calls for concept papers on potential water storage projects

From the California Water Commission:

california water commissionIn November 2014, California voters passed Proposition 1, which dedicated $2.7 billion for investment in the public benefits of water storage projects and designated the California Water Commission (Commission) as the agency responsible for allocating these funds.
The Commission is calling upon potential project proponents to submit Concept Papers that summarize potential water storage projects and their benefits. This is an effort by the Commission to gather information from potential project proponents regarding projects that may qualify and apply for Water Storage Investment Program (WSIP) public benefit funding.

The solicitation of Concept Papers will benefit both the Commission and potential project proponents. The Concept Papers will be made public, so project proponents will be able to identify potential regional partners or potential conflicts with other projects. Project proponents will also be able to identify potential eligibility issues early and judge the potential competitiveness of their projects. The Concept Papers will allow Commission staff to assess the number and scope of potential projects that may apply for WSIP funding to determine how to best assist applicants through the application process. Commission staff will also be able to refine and adjust the application review timeline for the WSIP based on information in the Concept Papers.

Submission of a Concept Paper is not mandatory to be eligible for WSIP funding, but the information collected through these Concept Papers will assist the Commission in its mission to maximize the potential public benefits of water storage projects funded by the WSIP.

All of the information provided through these Concept Papers will be made available on the Commission’s website.

Concept Papers will be accepted electronically via email to cwc@water.ca.gov. Completed Concept Papers should be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on March 31, 2016.

Click here for the concept paper form.

Funding Now Available for Fisheries Restoration Projects in Central Valley

From the Department of Fish and Wildlife:

dfw logoThe California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will be expanding its Fisheries Restoration Grants Program into the Central Valley in 2016 to support the recovery of the Central Valley’s winter-run and spring-run Chinook salmon and steelhead populations.

Program grants were previously only available for projects located within coastal watersheds from San Diego to Del Norte counties. This year’s expansion, endorsed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries, will allow the program scope to include projects that include high-priority recommended actions from the federal recovery plan in the Central Valley.

Eligible applicants include public agencies, recognized tribes and qualified nonprofit organizations. Funded projects could include habitat restoration, water conservation, education, monitoring and restoration planning. Proposed projects must be located either in anadromous waters the Central Valley or within coastal watersheds from San Diego to Del Norte counties.

The amount of available funding is not known at this time, but last year the program provided $18 million in funding for eligible projects.

The 2016 Proposal Solicitation Notice for Restoration Grants and the application are available online at www.dfg.ca.gov/fish/administration/grants/frgp/solicitation.asp.

Completed applications must be submitted electronically. Applications will be accepted until March 11, 2016. Funding will be disbursed to approved projects no later than June 1, 2017.

For information or questions about the solicitation or application process, please contact Patty Forbes, CDFW Grant Program Coordinator, at (916) 327-8842, or Kevin Shaffer, CDFW Anadromous Program Manager, at (916) 327-8841.

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