DWR Releases Final Groundwater Sustainability Plans and Projects PSP

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The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) has released the final version of the 2017 Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSP) and Projects Proposal Solicitation Package (PSP) for the Sustainable Groundwater Planning (SGWP) Grant Program, funded by the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 (Proposition 1).

Proposition 1 authorized $100 million for competitive grants for projects that develop and implement groundwater plans and projects. Of that, at least 10% ($10 million) is made available to projects that serve Severely Disadvantaged Communities (SDACs).

DWR will solicit proposals to award funding on a competitive basis in two funding categories. A minimum cost share of 50% of the total project cost is required, though the cost share requirement for projects benefitting a SDAC, DAC, or EDA may be waived or reduced:

Table 1 – Funding Information for 2017 SGWP Grant Solicitation
Funding Category Total Funding Maximum Grant Amount*
Category 1 (SDAC Projects)

At least $10 million

$1 million per project
Category 2

(GSPs)

Tier 1

(Critically Over Drafted Basins)

At least $15 million

$1.5 million per basin
Tier 2

(Medium & High Priority Basins)

$1 million per basin
*Minimum grant amount that can be requested is $50,000.

Eligible applicants for Category 1 funding includes: public agencies, non-profit organizations, public utilities, federally recognized Indian tribes, California Native American Tribes, and mutual water companies.

Eligible applicants for Category 2 funding includes: Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) or member agencies of the GSAs for the basin for which the application is submitted. The applicant for basins with an Alternative must be the local agency who submitted the Alternative. Only one application will be accepted per basin. However, an applicant acting as the sole GSA over multiple basins must submit one consolidated application and may request up to $500,000 total for any and all additional basins, in addition to the maximum grant amount.

Eligible project types for Category 1 includes technical and planning assistance and other projects including, but not limited to feasibility studies, design and environmental planning, and meter installation on groundwater production wells.

Eligible project types for Category 2 include those activities associated with the planning, development, or preparation of a Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP).

The release of the Final Groundwater Sustainability Plans and Projects Proposal Solicitation Package on September 8, 2017 initiates the Open Filing period for Phase 1 of this solicitation. The end of Phase 1 Open Filing is November 10, 2017. Applications must be submitted via GRanTS.

The Final PSP, public comments on the draft, and Frequently Asked Questions are can be found at:

http://www.water.ca.gov/irwm/grants/sgwp/solicitation.cfm