California Water Plan eNews – 4/19/17

This week’s California Water Plan eNews includes:

  • Stakeholders offer their perspectives on sustaining IRWM in California
  • Webinar set for applicants of the Water Storage Investment Program
  • Sea-level rise report provides updated information for greenhouse gas scenarios
  • An approach for corporate water targets from a different point of view
  • Policy paper takes a look at lessons learned on modeling in the Delta
  • The annual California Invasive Species Action Week will begin June 3

2017 Sierra Water WorkGroup Summit – Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship Opportunities!

2017 Sierra Water Workgroup Summit 

July 24-25 in Kings Beach, CA

Over the past ten years and across the State, diverse groups have been coming together to create model Integrated Regional Water Management Plans (IRWMPs) to ensure reliable water supply, protect water quality and restore watersheds.  While in various stages of pre-planning, planning and implementation, IRWMPs now cover almost the entire State of California, all of the Sierra and Cascade Regions. The Sierra Water Workgroup mission is to assist regional efforts to protect and enhance water quality, water supply, and watershed health; to develop cooperative regional responses; and to facilitate reinvestment in our watersheds and water resources by all beneficiaries.

The 2017 Sierra Water Work Group Summit, sponsored by the State Bar of California, Environmental Law Section, the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, and the Sierra Nevada Alliance will take place in Kings Beach, CA. The Summit theme this year is Legal and Legislative Strategies to Protect our Headwaters.

Our 2017 keynote speaker Martha Davis is the Executive Manager for Policy Development at the Inland Empire Utilities Agency (IEUA). Ms. Davis is responsible for the Agency’s legislative and policy development programs, including special initiatives addressing renewable energy, water supply development, and water quality protection. Previously, Ms. Davis served as the Executive Director for Californians and the Land and the Mono Lake Committee.

This year’s Summit is a one and a half-day workshop focused on headwater issues state-wide. The theme “Legal and Legislative Strategies to Protecting our Headwaters”.

We will spend the first day framing questions and strategies regarding how Headwaters issues can be addressed with legislative and policy strategies. First we will focus on a legal panel of experts, then 4 main breakouts:

  • Unrepresented (DAC definition, human rights to water, tribal involvement);
  • Climate Change (water quality, water supply, forest management);
  • Integrated Regional Water Management Areas
  • Coordinated Advocacy for the Headwaters

On our second day we will have the opportunity to hear from legislative members/staff on how the State and Federal government is addressing headwater issues. Then there will be a faciltated discussion by all participants on the strategies developed by stakeholders, and how dollars are expected to follow those policy trends. This year’s summit will also include a field trip.


To find out more about the Sierra Water Workgroup event, and how to sponsor the event please contact SWWG Fiscal Manager Holly Jorgenson by email at or Director Liz Mansfield by email or by phone (916)273-0488.


California Water Plan eNews – 4/12/17

This week’s California Water Plan eNews includes:

  • New executive order lifts drought state of emergency for most of California
  • Using lessons from the recent drought, State releases long-term water use plan
  • Watershed University set to begin a series of monthly, one-hour webinars
  • Two-day conference on developing a GSP set for next month in Modesto
  • California Water Commission to receive briefing, updates on SGMA
  • Sierra Fund holding Sierra headwater conference, Sacramento River tour
  • P3 summit offers ideas on managing and improving water systems

2017 CA Fire Safe Council Grant Program

California Fire Safe Council (CFSC) will begin accepting applications for its competitive application process for 2017 wildfire prevention grants on April 3, 2017. The application deadline is May 12, 2017 at 5 p.m. PST. The grants will support the following areas of wildfire prevention:

  • Hazardous fuels reduction and maintenance projects on non-federal land
  • Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPP) and other planning or assessment documents
  • Prevention and mitigation education and outreach opportunities for landowners and residents in at-risk communities

CFSC has approximately $2 million available for 2017 wildfire prevention projects. Grant amounts cannot exceed $200,000 per application. There is a dollar for dollar or 50% cost share/match, which means the federal funding can account for up to 50% of the project’s cost. The remaining 50% must come from non-federal sources and can include cash and/or third-party in-kind. The maximum grant award is $200,000 and the duration is 24 months.

Three training workshops and a webinar will be held in April. It is strongly recommended that all applicants, new and returning, attend one of the workshops. More workshop information and registration can be found on the CFSC Grant Program website.

Sierra Nevada Conservancy Funding Opportunities Newsletter

Sierra Nevada Conservancy
April – May 2017

Recently Updated: The Riparian and Wetland Grant Research memo was recently updated. It provides funding sources for stream, wetland, and meadow restoration projects. Grant research memos are available on the Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC) Other Funding Opportunities web page.

Upcoming Grants that Might be of Interest:
• The North Face Explore Fund (due April 5) makes grants to nonprofit organizations that provide their participants with meaningful outdoor experiences, specifically those which instill an enduring appreciation of the outdoors, promote positive personal or societal change, or demonstrate environmental stewardship principles and practices.
The Walmart/National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Acres for America program (pre-proposals due April 13) conserves important large-scale habitats for fish, wildlife, and plants through land acquisitions and perpetual conservation easements.
Patagonia Foundation Environmental Grants (due April 30) support small, grassroots, activist organizations with provocative direct-action agendas, working on multi-pronged campaigns to preserve and protect the environment.
Every Day Capacity Building Grants (due May 2) are exclusively for ‘Friends of…’ groups to help build their organizational capacity to serve public lands.
National Endowment for the Arts Art Works Creativity Connects Grants (due May 4) support collaborative, mutually beneficial partnerships between the arts and non-arts sectors, including agriculture, community development, and the environment.
California Fire Safe Council Wildfire Prevention Grants (due May 12) provide funding for hazardous fuel reduction and maintenance projects on non-federal lands, Community Wildfire Protection Plans, and education and outreach activities.
• The Federal Lands Access Program (due May 12) develops transportation and infrastructure projects (roads, parking, bike trails, etc.) that provide access to federal public lands, particularly those with high recreation use. Note change in due date.
• The Pacific Gas and Electric Company Resilient Communities Grant Program (due May 12) supports local climate resilience initiatives that will build healthy and resilient forests and watersheds to help communities prevent and prepare for increasing wildfire risk.
• The Native American Language Preservation and Maintenance-Esther Martinez Immersion Grant (due May 22) funds community-based projects for Native American language preservation and maintenance. It is open to both federally-recognized and non-federally recognized tribes.
• The National Park Service Rivers and Trails Conservation Grant (June 30) provides facilitation and planning assistance for parks, trails, and outdoor recreation projects.
• The Outdoor Environmental Education Facilities Grant Program (due September 1) supports the development of outdoor environmental education facilities, such as public outdoor structures and exhibits.

Your SNC Area Representative can help you set up an individual consultation with the SNC Funding Team to get advice about specific funding opportunities or general fund development strategies. To take advantage of this resource, contact your Area Representative.

2017 Update to the State of the Sierra Nevada’s Forests Report Now Available

In 2014 the Sierra Nevada Conservancy compiled the latest research on forest and watershed health in the Sierra Nevada and produced the first State of the Sierra Nevada’s Forests Report. However, when the 2014 report was released, tree mortality wasn’t even mentioned. This 2017 update to the State of the Sierra Nevada’s Forests report explores the changes the Region has experienced since 2014, and outlines the long-term consequences of those conditions. The SOS Report is available online at

California Water Plan eNews – 3/22/17

This week’s California Water Plan eNews includes:

  • Update 2018 Policy Advisory Committee to meet next month in Sacramento
  • Workshop to offer answers for Water Storage Investment Program applicants
  • New LAO report examines California’s floods, flood management
  • First phase of 10-year plan to improve public health and habitat of Salton Sea released
  • Comments being accepted on updated guidelines for SNC’s Prop. 1 grant program
  • Sustainable irrigation to be the focus of a one-day program at UC Davis
  • Guidelines for public water system management outlined in new report

Two Workshops: Sierra to California All-Lands Enhancement (SCALE) and Capacity Building – May 23-24, 2017

USFS Region 5 – Capacity Building Workshop

Register Today!

The National Forest Foundation (NFF) is hosting a capacity-building workshop for community-based and collaborative forest management groups in Sacramento on May 24, 2017.  The workshop will focus on governance and decision-making; public education and engagement; planning with the Forest Service; and funding for collaboration, implementation, and monitoring, among other topics.  Travel assistance is available.  If you have questions about the workshop contact Dorian Fougères, National Forest Foundation, at 530-902-8281 or


Click Here to Register for NFF Capacity Workshop

Context for the Workshop

On May 23 and 24, 2017, the U.S. Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region, National Forest Foundation, and Sierra Institute for Community and Environment will host a pair of one-day workshops in Sacramento to advance peer learning, all lands management, and capacity-building of community-based and other collaborative forest management groups in California.  Registration for both workshops is now open.  Space is limited, so please register as soon as possible. Note that if you plan to attend both days, you must register for each workshop separately because the workshops are administered and funded separately.


Details on Sierra Institute Session focusing on SCALE efforts
Tuesday, May 23
The workshop will focus on all-lands management, from planning to implementation, and will foster discussion about existing tools and authorities for all lands-lands management implementation, facilitate work sessions to discuss specific ways to advance individual projects, and identify future opportunities for partnership with state and federal agencies. Travel and lodging support is available for participants in the Sierra to California All-Lands Enhancement (SCALE) effort.

Tuesday, May 23
8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sacramento State Alumni Center
Cost: $25/ Person
Includes lunch, beverages & snacks

If you have questions about the Sierra Institute workshop, please contact Kyle Rodgers, Sierra Institute for Community and Environment, at 530-284-1022 or


Click Here to Register for Sierra Institute Session

SNC Seeking Public Input on Grant Guidelines – due 4/14/17

Sierra Nevada Conservancy Seeking Public Input on Grant Guidelines

The Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC) is seeking public input on updated grant guidelines for the Conservancy’s Proposition 1 grant program. The SNC grant program is funded by Proposition 1, the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014, which was passed by voters in November 2014.

The SNC is proposing that the second grant round will continue to focus on forest health projects, including projects to reduce the risk of large, damaging wildfires. These types of projects are specifically called out in Proposition 1 and the California Water Action Plan, in recognition of the critical role watersheds play in California’s water future.

A series of three public workshops will be held in early April 2017 to gather public comment and familiarize potential grantees with the application process. Dates and locations of these workshops to be announced soon.

To access the draft Grant Guidelines on the SNC website, please click here. Interested parties can submit comments via email to or by mail to Sierra Nevada Conservancy, Attn: Grants Administration, 11521 Blocker Drive, Suite 205, Auburn, CA 95603.

Public comments will be accepted through Friday, April 14, 2017.

California Water Plan eNews – 3/15/17

This week’s California Water Plan eNews includes:

  • Applications being accepted to fund public benefits of water storage projects
  • Technical memo and appendices released for Central Valley flood plan
  • Climate change resolution passed by State Water Resources Control Board
  • $20 million approved for California streamflow enhancement projects
  • Project proposals for wetlands enhancement funding are due this week
  • Data portal to be featured at next SRWP committee meeting
  • UC Davis to host Rustici Rangeland Science Symposium next week
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