News Worth Noting: Delta Conservancy requests concept proposals for ecosystem restoration and water quality grants; Comments requested on agricultural water use efficiency grants; National weekly water and climate update

Delta Conservancy Announces 2016-2017 Request for Concept Proposals for the Ecosystem Restoration and Water Quality Grant Program

From the Delta Conservancy:

Detla Conservancy Logo 2The 2016-2017 solicitation period for Concept Proposals to the Delta Conservancy’s Ecosystem Restoration and Water Quality Grant Program formally opened today, September 1, 2016. The Request for Concept Proposals can be found here and the final Grant Guidelines can be found here. Concept proposals must be received by the Conservancy by 5:00 P.M. PST on Friday, September 30, 2016. All interested parties are strongly encouraged to attend a Concept Proposal Solicitation workshop on Thursday, September 8, 2016 from 1:30-4:00 pm at the Delta Conservancy’s office in West Sacramento. More information about the workshop is available here.

CDFA & DWR request comments on  $6 million in available funding for agricultural water use efficiency pilot programs

cdfa_logo_v_300NEW_DWR_LOGO_14inchThe California Department of Water Resources and the California Department of Food and Agriculture have released a DRAFT Request for Proposals (RFP) for a 30-day comment period concerning a joint application process for the Agricultural Water Use Efficiency & State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program.

This new competitive grant program category will combine $3 million in funding from DWR’s    Proposition 1 – Funds for Agricultural Water Suppliers and $3 million from CDFA’s State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program.  Water suppliers and agricultural operations within the respective service areas may compete for grant funding to improve agricultural water use efficiency and conveyance system enhancements.

DWR and CDFA intend to demonstrate the potential multiple benefits of conveyance enhancements combined with on-farm agricultural water use efficiency improvements and greenhouse gas reductions. The grant funding is intended to address multiple goals including: water use efficiency, conservation and reduction; greenhouse gas emission reductions; groundwater protection; and sustainability of agricultural operations and food production.  DWR and CDFA also anticipate that the projects funded through this program will improve water and air quality, groundwater security, surface water conservation, and nutrient management and crop health.

For more information …

National Weekly Water and Climate Update: Current drought affects Northern forests

From the USDA:

Water reportThe Natural Resources Conservation Service produces this weekly report using data and products from the National Water and Climate Center and other agencies. The report focuses on seasonal snowpack, precipitation, temperature, and drought conditions in the U.S.

Drought impacts are being felt in the northern forests of the Midwest and Northeast this year. “It turns out that warmer temps and changing rainfall, not necessarily less rainfall annually, are two key ingredients for drought and moisture stress. More extreme precipitation events, longer duration between events, and shifting seasonality of precipitation will likely increase the frequency of drought occurrences and moisture stress over the next century.” USDA Blog posted by Chris Swanston, USDA Northern Forests Climate Hub Director, U.S. Forest Service, on August 31, 2016.

Click here to read the report.

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