California Water Plan eNews – 12/5/18

This week’s California Water Plan eNews includes:

  • Draft basin boundary modifications open for public comment through Jan. 4
  • Integrated water management conference will include look at water in the sky
  • First meeting for advisory group looking into small water system vulnerabilities
  • Report for Congress looks at California water infrastructure
  • Water Solutions Network offering problem-solving support to water managers
  • USACE webinars to discuss new delivery methods in P3 pilot program
  • Save the dates, CWEMF sets annual meeting for April in Folsom

DWR Releases Prop 1 IRWM Draft Project Solicitation Package – Comments due November 20, 2018

On October 5, 2018 DWR released the 2018 Proposition 1 – Round 1 IRWM Implementation Grant Draft Proposal Solicitation Package and Draft Guidelines for public review. DWR is proposing that approximately $194 million be made available for implementation projects with approximately $18 million designated for projects that provide benefits to Disadvantaged Communities. DWR encourages public comment on the draft solicitation package documents found below. DWR will close the public comment period Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at 5pm.

Solicitation Package Documents

Cover Letter –  please read FIRST as it provides important instructions for prospective applicants

IRWM Grant Program 2018 Draft Guidelines

IRWM Implementation Grant Program 2018 Draft PSP 

More information is available on DWR’s IRWM website here.

SNC Free Grant Writing Workshop – October 16 & 17 in Chico

Free Workshop
Introduction to Grant Writing
Build your grant writing skills!
For community organizations and agencies across our region.

Tues. Oct. 16th 9 am – 3 pm & Wed. Oct. 17 9 am – 12:30 pm 

Chico, CA

The Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC) looks to the organizations, agencies, and local governments in the Region to help achieve its vision for the future — that the
magnificent Sierra Nevada Region enjoys outstanding environmental, economic, and
social health, with vibrant communities and landscapes sustained for future generations.
You are our partners and we want to help you obtain funding to achieve these goals!
Who should attend? Community, nonprofit, and local government representatives who
would like to learn how to prepare effective grant applications. This workshop is geared the beginning (no experience) and intermediate (moderate grant writing experience) level.

The workshop will cover the basics of grant writing and program development, including:
• How to make your application as competitive as possible
• Basic program development for effective grant writing
• The eight standard parts of a grant application
• How to create a work plan and budget spreadsheet

This will be a small, interactive class. Participation and writing will be required.
Come prepared to discuss a real project that you would like to fund and to write
about it. Individual assistance will be provided on writing assignments.

The workshop will be taught by Elissa Brown, Sierra Nevada Conservancy’s Fund Development Coordinator. Elissa is an experienced grant writer and grant writing

The workshop will be held at the Butte County Public Works Yard meeting space, 44 Bellarmine Ct, Chico, CA.

What To Expect: If you like to work on a computer, please bring a laptop and a long
extension cord. If you prefer to write by hand bring paper and pens. Either is fine! You’ll be mailed materials you’ll need to bring to class (either on your laptop or printed out). You’be expected to put in 1-2 hours Tuesday afternoon or evening on your writing assignment.

Please bring a brown bag lunch – and a vision of something you want to help your
organization accomplish!

To register: Space is limited! Please RSVP to Wolfy Rougle ( by
Friday, Oct. 12th. The workshop is free. Bring a lunch. Light snacks will be provided.

See Grant Writing Workshop for workshop information.

CA Water Plan eNews – 8/15/18

This week’s California Water Plan eNews includes:

  • Listening sessions scheduled to review new water conservation legislation
  • Russian River Pilot workshop materials made available online
  • $395 million in federal funding available under two mitigation programs
  • WestFAST newsletter takes extensive look at the wildfires in the West
  • CALFIRE issues assessment of state forest and rangeland sustainability
  • Analytics platform will be presented at State Water Board’s brown bag seminar

CA Water Plan eNews – 8/8/18

This week’s California Water Plan eNews includes:

  • Adaptation forum will cover strategies for creating resilient communities
  • Two-day workshop will include a close look at California’s climate change assessment
  • The potential of delta salinization to be discussed during Davis symposium
  • California’s new laws on water use goals to be addressed during webinar
  • White paper explores the development of cash reserve policies for utilities
  • Comments being accepted on draft plan for protecting California’s marine areas
  • New management plan for Inyo National Forest will cover 10–15 years

California Water Plan eNews – 8/1/18

This week’s California Water Plan eNews includes:

  • Flood-MAR workshop and webinar will seek public input on strategy
  • Delta’s contaminants and nutrients are examined in science board’s review
  • Discussing tribal perspectives on landscape and cultural resources restoration work
  • PPIC panel discussion will look at ways to improve California’s drought resilience
  • Caltrans study looks at the ways California will be getting around in the future

CA Wildlife Conservation Board Proposal Solicitation – due 9/4/18

Proposition 1 – Stream Flow Enhancement Program

The California Wildlife Conservation Board is accepting proposal applications for this program now through Tuesday September 4, 2018 at 5pm. Information can be found at the following website:

Who is eligible for funding?

  • Grant applications can be submitted to the Program from state agencies or other political subdivisions of the state, nonprofit organizations, federally recognized Indian tribes, and state Indian tribes listed on the Native American Heritage Commission’s California Tribal Consultation List. Public utilities and mutual water companies can also be eligible for funding if projects serve a definite public purpose and are in compliance with existing water management acts.

What type of projects will be funded?

Funding shall be used for projects that will provide fisheries or ecosystem benefits and achieve the Program’s purpose.

Projects are categorized as:

  • Planning, Scientific Studies, Monitoring, and Assessment
    1. Grants can be allocated to projects focused on program development, project design, implementation strategies, baseline data collection, and environmental review. Additionally, grants are intended to support planning projects with a high probability to qualify for future implementation funding.
    2. Funds can be used for monitoring the effectiveness of previously funded stream flow enhancement projects, projects enhancing future stream flow management decisions, or assessing natural resources relative to stream flow.
  • Implementation
    1. Implementation grants support projects that provide direct and measurable enhancement of stream flow. Highest priority is given to “shovel ready” projects where initial planning, design, and approval are largely completed.
  • Acquisition
    1. Grants can be allocated to fund fair market value purchases of land, water rights, or interests in land or water. Acquisitions must provide a direct and measurable enhancement of stream flow.

California Water Plan eNews – 7/3/2018

This week’s California Water Plan eNews includes:

  • CWC set to award $2.7 billion in funding at this month’s meeting
  • Report finds U.S. water use reaches lowest level in 45 years
  • EPA-sponsored WaterSense lists accomplishments in annual report
  • Webinar to explore groundwater research and policies in California
  • Pacific Institute has ideas for expanding the way California captures its stormwater
  • Fire-prevention travel tips included in latest edition of the WestFAST newsletter
  • Blueprint outlines a way arts and culture can connect people with water

California Water Plan eNews – 5/16/18

This week’s California Water Plan eNews includes:

  • Paleoclimatology will be the focus of this year’s extreme precipitation symposium
  • Discussing the lessons learned from last year’s California wildfires
  • OEHHA report examines dozens of climate change indicators in California
  • Remote attendance is still an option for those interested in science symposium
  • Grant applications being accepted for large-scale restoration projects
  • East vs. West: webinar will examine various instream flow policies
  • July workshop will take aim at strengthening coastal resilience

Small Community Water/Wastewater Survey and Workshop – March 30, 2018

Upper Feather River

Small Community Water/Wastewater Workshop

 March 30, 2018; 1:00-4:00 PM

 Plumas County Fairgrounds, Mineral Building: 204 Fairground Rd, Quincy, CA 95971

In 2017, the Sierra Institute for Community and Environment was selected by representatives from each Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) regions in the Mountain Counties Funding Area (MCFA) to be the applicant for the Proposition 1 Disadvantaged Community (DAC) Involvement Program.

For more Information please see:

The MCFA Disadvantaged Communities and Tribal Involvement Program includes the following objectives:

  1. Work collaboratively to involve DACs, community-based organizations, tribes and stakeholders in IRWM planning efforts to ensure balanced access and opportunity for participation in the IRWM planning process.
  2. Increase the understanding, and where necessary, identify the water management needs of DACs and tribes on a Funding Area basis.
  3. Develop strategies and long-term solutions that appropriately address the identified DAC and tribal water management needs to the grantee.

The Sierra Water Workgroup (SWWG) is working with the Sierra Institute to fulfill Objective 2: Identify the water management needs of DACs in each IRWM in the Funding Area. All water managers in the region are encouraged to participate; however, a parallel effort is also being conducted with tribes in the MCFA. In order to accomplish this task, SWWG is taking the following steps:

  • Conduct preliminary water and wastewater needs assessment (please see attachment)
  • Conduct a Water/Wastewater Workshop (see attached agenda)
  • Follow-up with water purveyors and other stakeholders on critical needs
  • Finalize report for IRWM region

We would appreciate your completing the survey not later than March 19th. If you are unable to attend the workshop in person, please complete the survey and let us know if you would like to schedule a meeting via conference call.

The finalized water and wastewater needs report will be distributed to all participants. This report will support IRWM planning efforts and future funding opportunities through the IRWM Grant Program or other financial assistance programs.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call or email:

Liz Mansfield, Executive Director for SWWG

Cell (916) 273-0488;


Uma Hinman, Hinman & Associates Consulting, Inc.

Cell (916) 813-818;

Thank you for your time to complete the survey. We look forward to understanding your water and wastewater needs!