ANNOUNCEMENT: DWR releases draft guidelines for Prop 1 grants for multi-benefit flood reduction projects

The Department of Water Resources has released the draft guidelines for the Prop 1 grant program to fund multi-benefit flood risk reduction projects that (1) address flood risk for urban communities, small communities and/or rural areas; and (2) enhance ecosystems by improving fish and wildlife habitat and water quality downstream. Projects must be in the Central Valley and within or adjacent to the Systemwide Planning Area (PDF). Projects in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta (Delta) are excluded.

Other project features may include:

  • Improved flow in tributaries to the Delta
  • Floodplain creation or restoration of natural floodplains
  • Groundwater infiltration
  • Relocating or flood proofing structures
  • Floodwater diversions for conjunctive use
  • Transitory storage

This program was established in July 2017 when the State Legislature and Governor Brown approved Assembly Bill 97, which created the program and authorized the use of funds from Proposition 1: The Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014. Construction of these projects would improve Delta ecological conditions of tributaries to the Delta in alignment with the State Water Resources Control Board’s (SWRCB) Bay Delta Water Quality Control Plan.

The Department of Water Resources will hold public workshops in Fresno, Red Bluff, and Sacramento during the last week in June to solicit comments from stakeholders and the public.


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