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Damning California’s Future – 10/21/15

Hoping to capitalize on the epic drought, the state’s water industry wants to usher in a new era of dam-building in the state. But environmentalists say it would cost billions and do more harm than good.

‘Inside Proposition 1, the $7.5 billion water bond that California voters enthusiastically approved last November, is a provision requiring the expenditure of $2.7 billion on water storage projects. Many environmentalists had hoped that a substantial amount of those funds would be used for groundwater storage, but according to some close observers, it appears increasingly likely that most, if not all, of the money will go to dam-building. In addition, US Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, both D-California, introduced a $1.3 billion emergency drought relief bill in July of this year to “support communities affected by drought.”

This senate bill, as presently drafted, would authorize $600 million of spending on “Calfed storage projects,” in reference to four dam-expansion and construction projects that the state and federal governments have studied since 2004: Sites, Temperance Flat, Shasta, and Los Vaqueros. The first three of these projects are in various parts of the vast Central Valley, while Los Vaqueros is located in eastern Contra Costa County.’

Click here for full article by Will Parish, East Bay Express.

Sierra Nevada Conservancy Funding Opportunities Newsletter – Oct/Nov 2015

This month’s research memo:  A new research memo covers funding for CEQA and NEPA costs associated with restoration projects.  In addition, four of the grant research memos on the funding opportunities website have been updated:

  • Riparian and wetland restoration
  • Recreation and tourism development
  • Habitat preservation and restoration funding
  • Parks and trails funding

There are several new grant programs in these memos, including Proposition 1 funding for streamflow enhancement and environmental restoration.  Also keep an eye out for an upcoming research memo on funding for fuel reduction on public and private property.

Want to know what grants are coming up? The Funding Webpage has an updated calendar of funding opportunities expected over the several months.

Upcoming grants that might be of interest:

  • The Museums for America program provides up to $150,000 in funding for educational programs, collections, and community programs. Requests under $25,000 do not require a match.  The deadline is December 1.
  • The National Forest Foundation’s Community Capacity and Land Stewardship program provides $24,000 grants to help collaboratives and community-based organizations address capacity building needs that will further their on-the-ground watershed restoration projects.  The deadline is December 16.
  • The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation provides small grants to support projects or general operating costs to community-based organizations throughout the United States for which a small amount of funding would make a big difference. Target areas include museums, cultural programs, environmental and wildlife protection activities.  The deadline for applications is November 10.

California Water Plan ENews – 10/14/15

This week’s Water Plan eNews includes:

  • Applications being accepted for grants to help with agricultural water management plans
  • Basin regulations released, will be considered at next water commission meeting
  • Comment period opens for draft California climate adaptation plan
  • Workshop for small water systems will focus on limiting water loss
  • Water justice celebration will recognize the effort of drought leaders
  • Annual meeting and forum to highlight Sacramento River watershed issues
  • Direct Potable Reuse Advisory Group will meet next week in Richmond

California Water Plan ENews – 10/7/15

This week’s Water Plan eNews includes:

  • Workshops set for draft guidelines of agricultural water efficiency grants
  • Water commission hosting three public meetings to discuss WSIP
  • Central Valley conservation strategy to be discussed at workshop this week
  • Integrated regional development plan on agenda for Strategic Growth Council
  • Water district workshop focuses on water portfolio for Southern California
  • Teaming up to provide $6 million in water technology development
  • Environmental data sharing vision posted by Delta Science Program

California Water Plan ENews – 9/30/15

This week’s Water Plan eNews includes:

  • Meetings scheduled to discuss implementation of Sustainable Groundwater Management Act
  • Webcast of latest meeting on groundwater sustainability regulations available online
  • Water utility rate design up for discussion at utilities commission workshops
  • Technical panel sets two-day meeting to review final landscape water use report
  • EPA accepting proposals for urban water projects that address runoff pollution
  • Concern over ballast water prompts DSC to consider feasibility of treatment plants
  • Workshop on surface water datasets being held in Davis next month

California Water Plan ENEWS – 9/23/15

This week’s Water Plan eNews includes:

  • Celebrating California Native American Day with a water theme
  • Funding information available in Office of Sustainable Water Solutions newsletter
  • Wild and Scenic Rivers will be part of next month’s Sierra Cascades dialog
  • Sustainable Groundwater Management Act gets center stage at regulatory summit
  • Scientists group sets sights on objectives for sustainable groundwater management
  • Water conservationist brings his perspective to a California campus
  • Coalition asks to imagine what it would be like to spend a day without water

Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement Program Webinar – 10/8/15

The challenges facing us in the Sierra Nevada in the form of drought, tree mortality, uncharacteristically large fires, poor air quality and climate change require bold action. As a result, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, the Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC) launched the Watershed Improvement Program in March 2015.

SNC would like to invite you to join us for a webinar on Thursday, October 8, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m., to discuss the present status and future plans for the Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement Program and complementary California Headwaters Designation. SNC would also like to work with you to identify opportunities to leverage your organizational goals and projects through these two programs.

To review the agenda, visit the partner webinar page. To learn more about the Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement Program, visit SNC’s webpage.

Please RSVP for the webinar by October 5, 2015. Webinar access information will be sent once you’ve RSVP’d.

California Water Plan ENEWS – 9/16/15

This week’s Water Plan eNews includes:

  • Facts sheets provide water management strategies for California farmers
  • EPA water quality study looks at ways to deal with climate change impacts
  • Vallejo festival will celebrate water with four days of events
  • Webinar to provide update on Sierra Nevada watershed program
  • Yosemite will provide backdrop for annual CARCD conference
  • DWR Climate News Digest offers links to climate articles from around the world
  • Providing a framework for reusing treated wastewater for drinking water

Soil Health Mini-Grants – due 10/5/15

The National Grazing Lands Coalition’s mission is to promote ecologically and economically sound management of all private grazing lands for all their adapted uses and multiple benefits to society. The NatGLC recognizes grazing lands as a major source of watershed filtration, ground water recharge, and carbon sequestration, providing improved soil, water and air quality. The purpose of these grants are to facilitate the following: (1) demonstration of how improved soil health afects grazing lands sustainability (2) establishment of conservation partnerships, leadership, and outreach, (3) education of grazing land managers, professionals, youth and the public, (4) enhancement of technical capabilities, and (5) improvement in the understanding of the values and multiple services that grazing lands provide. Projects must include soil health as it relates to grazing lands sustainability and include at least one of the following components: demonstration projects; field days; workshops; or publication and/or media development and distribution.  Click here for more information.

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