SOURCE: Dept. of Water Resources

December 17, 2008 13:37 ET

DWR Announces Local Groundwater Assistance Grant Awards

SACRAMENTO, CA--(Marketwire - December 17, 2008) - The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has awarded more than $4.3 million in Proposition 84 funds to 25 public agencies through the Local Groundwater Assistance Program.

The program helps local agencies throughout California -- particularly during this period of drought -- to perform groundwater studies, monitoring, and management activities.

Funded projects include groundwater impact mitigation and monitoring programs, installation of monitoring wells, groundwater banking survey and assessments, groundwater recharge investigations, installation of extraction flow meters, establishment of groundwater management objectives, and other programs to assist local agencies in managing groundwater.

In late September 2008, Gov. Schwarzenegger signed legislation (SBx2 1) that allocated funding for the program.

The 25 public agencies that received grants from Proposition 84 funds include six that were partially funded in June 2008 to meet their original request; 16 additional projects are fully funded; and an additional three for Capacity Building Grants were limited to $50,000 each. In total, 50 local agencies received over $10.7 million in groundwater grants from Propositions 50 and 84 funding sources.

A listing of agencies and titles of projects receiving grants may be obtained through the Division of Planning and Local Assistance Web site at: http://www.grantsloans.water.ca.gov/grants/assistance.cfm.

The Department of Water Resources operates and maintains the State Water Project, provides dam safety and flood control and inspection services, assists local water districts in water management and water conservation planning, and plans for future statewide water needs.

Contact the DWR Public Affairs Office (www.water.ca.gov/about/contacts.cfm#owe) for more information about DWR's water activities.