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Guidelines & Proposal Solicitation Package (PSP): The Final Guidelines & PSP for this grant program has been released and is available for download on the Guidelines & PSP page.

Open Application: Eligible applicants may apply now for this grant solicitation. The due date for applications is Friday, March 4, 2016. View the the Guidelines & PSP for detailed information about how to submit an application.

Applicant Assistance Workshop: An applicant assistance workshop was held via WebEx and in-person on Wednesday, January 27, 2016. The presentation is available for download on the Public Comments page.

San Joaquin River Water Quality Grant Program

The SJRWQ Grant Program provides funding for implementation projects that will improve water quality in the San Joaquin River and the Delta. The program targets subsurface agricultural drainage from the west side of the San Joaquin Valley, an area of primary concern for protecting water quality of the San Joaquin River.

The issues associated with subsurface agricultural drainage in the San Joaquin Valley are not new to the region and have been persistent in parts of the valley for more than a century. The presence or mismanagement of subsurface agricultural drainage can negatively impact agriculture, the environment, drinking water quality, and public health. Because the San Joaquin River is the natural drainage pathway for the west side of the San Joaquin Valley, it is imperative that production of subsurface agricultural drainage be reduced or eliminated to help protect that water supply and the Delta.

The funding disbursed through the SJRWQ Grant Program is intended to support projects that will result in direct, measureable water quality improvements to the San Joaquin River by reducing or eliminating discharges of subsurface agricultural drainage.

2015 Solicitation At-A-Glance

Available Funding: $36.6 million

Maximum Award per Project: none

Eligible Applicants: Local agencies including any city, county, city and county, special district, joint powers authority, or other political subdivision of the State, a public utility as defined in Public Utilities Code §216, or a mutual water company as defined in Public Utilities Code §2725. (CWC §10535.) Federally recognized tribes can be members of a Joint Powers Agreement (JPA), per Government Code §6500 et seq.

Eligible Projects: Eligible projects include those that reduce or eliminate discharges of subsurface agricultural drain water from the west side of the San Joaquin Valley for the purpose of improving water quality in the San Joaquin River and the Delta.

Program Preferences: Projects that meet one or more of the program preferences will be given additional points during the proposal review and scoring process. See the program Guidelines and PSP for additional information about program preferences. Preference points will be given to projects that:

  • Protect water quality and the environment.
  • Improve of water supply reliability.
  • Integrate multiple water quality strategies/benefits (e.g. agricultural water use, land use, watershed management, ecosystem restoration, and salt management).
  • Improve water quality or water supply reliability for disadvantaged communities (DACs).
  • Include regional projects or programs that are identified in an Integrated Regional Water Management Plan (IRWMP) that accomplish the regional goals defined by CWC §10537.