California Water Plan eNews – 9/28/16

This week’s California Water Plan eNews includes:

  • Delta speaker series will feature presentation by DWR director
  • Water shortage contingency plans on the agenda for next week’s technical workshop
  • Workshop will look at drought vulnerability and improving water resilience
  • A discussion of State water policy in the event of another dry year
  • Water board asking for public input on SGMA implementation fee schedule
  • SWAMP Newsletter covers algal blooms portal and pesticide monitoring programs
  • Web portal will feature water quality conditions in the Sacramento River Watershed

Grant Funding Available – Sierra Nevada Meadow Restoration Program

In 2009, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation launched its Sierra Nevada Meadow Restoration Program to replenish the health and biodiversity of the mountain meadow regions. The program focuses on creating the momentum to restore and protect thousands of acres of meadows in the Sierra Nevada, focused both on research and implementation projects. Key conservation actions for this program include:

  • Quantifying ecosystem service benefits: conducting hydrologic and water quality assessments to predict and measure changes in groundwater levels and downstream flow
  • Building organizational capacity: providing capacity-building in watersheds where restoration planning and implementation is limited
  • Repairing meadow degradation: supporting restoration projects in meadow systems in which it will be possible to quantify benefits
  • Ensuring long-term protection: supporting land protection and deploying best management practices
  • Garnering support of ranching community: improving information flow and providing technical assistance
  • Monitoring and documenting ecological and biological responses to meadow restoration

For the upcoming round of funding, pre-proposal applications that focus on benefits for, and recovery of, the Southwestern willow flycatcher, Yosemite toad, Lahontan cutthroat trout, and/or Eagle Lake rainbow trout are specifically encouraged. In addition, pre-proposal applicants with projects for restoration of priority meadows that have the potential to amplify benefits associated with restoration of fire-scarred areas on California’s national forests are encouraged to contact the program lead.

Pre-proposals are due October 13. Application information can be found here.

Sierra Nevada Conservancy: Funding Opportunities Newsletter

Sierra Nevada Conservancy


October-November 2016

Have you missed the Urban Streams Restoration Program? This Department of Water Resources grant provides funding to reduce flooding and erosion, restore or protect the natural ecological values of streams, and promote community involvement and stewardship. The last round of funding was in 2014 and some of us have been waiting for another round of funding to be released. It looks like that will not happen until 2018, but the good news is that starting in 2017 program staff will make themselves available to provide technical assistance to help communities plan their projects and prepare for successful grant applications. Keep an eye on the Urban Streams Restoration Program web site for upcoming information about this assistance program.

Upcoming grants that might be of interest:

And keep your eye out for these soon-to-be-released opportunities:

  • The Federal Lands Access Program funds improvements to roads and other transportation facilities (bridges, trails, bicycle and pedestrian facilities, etc.) that provide access to federal lands with high recreation use or economic benefits. Eligible activities include work on parking areas and trailheads, provisions for pedestrians and bicycles, mitigation measures to reduce wildlife mortality while maintaining habitat connectivity, roadside rest areas, etc. A new ‘call for projects’ is scheduled for January 2017.
  • As part of the Cooperative Watershed Management Program, the Bureau of Reclamation WaterSMART Program will provide grant funding for on‑the‑ground watershed management projects. These will be follow-ups to the previous grants that helped establish or develop watershed groups. Draft evaluation criteria for this round of funding should be released soon.

New Capacity Building and Community Development Grant Research Memo

The Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC) Funding Team makes it easy for you to find grant opportunities. We research and compile funding sources for various types of projects. You can find these memos on the Funding Opportunities Web Page. Each memo is updated at least once per year. The latest research memo focuses on funding for Capacity Building and Community Development. Recently updated research memos include Riparian, Wetland, and Aquatic Habitat Restoration, and Habitat Preservation funding.

Congratulations to the Sierra Streams Institute on their award of almost $100,000 from the Bureau of Reclamation’s WaterSMART Program for further development of the Bear River Watershed Group.

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.

Grant Writing Workshops are available to help build the capacity of organizations that serve the Sierra Nevada Region. If you are interested in organizing or attending a workshop, contact your Area Representative.

California Water Plan eNews – 9/21/16

This week’s California Water Plan eNews includes:

  • Water agencies participating in California’s Native American Day celebration
  • Advisory group will discuss ways to quantify efficiency of agricultural water use
  • Strategic Growth Council provides a vision for linking land use to climate policy
  • The effects of fire will be discussed at watershed forum tomorrow in Chico
  • Work begins on tidal restoration project for they Suisun Marsh
  • Two-day DSC meeting will include single-year water transfers public hearing
  • CCST marks 28 years of promoting science and technology in California

AB 2480 recognizes source watershed as infrastructure

AB 2480 recognizes source watersheds as infrastructure and a critical component of the state’s water system. The legislation also calls for a prioritized and comprehensive investment plan to restore and conserve key watersheds. AB 2480 is the first step in putting together a comprehensive system to reduce these risks and promote water security and adaptation under climate change.

The bill, AB 2480 (authored by Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica), officially recognizes five critical Sierra Nevada and Cascade watersheds as important pieces of the state’s water infrastructure. It enshrines in state policy the importance of restoring forests, meadows and streams in these watersheds, and make such projects eligible for state water-project grant funding.


Sierra Valley Art & Ag Trail – October 1, 2016

Travel the Sierra Valley Art & Ag Trail, for views of Sierra Valley Bar Quilts and opportunities to visit market farms, working ranches, a pumpkin patch, and to sample the wares of artists of every color – weaver, welder, potter, painter, photographer, carver, jeweler, pyrographer, wood-worker, boatbuilder, furniture maker, blacksmith, stained glass artist, basketmaker and more!


Groundwater Resources Association Conference – September 28-29, 2016

On September 28-29, the Groundwater Resources Association of California will host its 2016 Conference and 25th Annual Meeting, which will provide policy makers, practitioners, researchers and educators the opportunity to learn about the current policies, regulations and technical challenges affecting the protection, use and management of groundwater in California. This year’s conference contains expanded sessions addressing the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. In addition, there will be several sessions on ongoing and emerging water quality issues.

To view the conference agenda, please visit: