NCRP 2015 Project Solicitation, Review & Selection

Proposition 84 IRWM Funding

NCRP submits final application for Prop 84 IRWM funds

On August 7, the North Coast Resources Partnership (NCRP) submitted its final application to the California Department of Water Resources under the Proposition 84 Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coastal Protection Bond Act of 2006, which earmarked $37 million for the North Coast.  The NCRP has successfully obtained nearly $26 million in previous cycles and requested the remaining $11 million this round.

The Proposal contains 25 high-priority projects that span six of the seven North Coast counties (Del Norte, Humboldt, Mendocino, Siskiyou, Sonoma and Trinity) and includes eight projects that benefit Tribes throughout the region.  All of the projects benefit North Coast economically disadvantaged communities and thirteen implement the State’s Human Right to Water policy.  Cumulatively, these projects are expected to act in concert with previous, ongoing and future projects to increase water security, social capital and critical habitat throughout the North Coast. Eighty percent of the projects benefit the North Coast’s listed species through habitat restoration, off-stream storage and/or recycled water to replace summer surface water withdrawals, or some combination of these three techniques.  Several projects occur in basins historically or recently experiencing controversy over water use, forging partnerships that will increase comity and reduce conflict, further strengthening the social fabric of the North Coast as it faces increasing challenges associated with a changing climate.

NCRP 2015 Implementation Projects

On May 29, 2015 the NCRP ireceived 57 project proposals in response to the NCRP 2015 Project Solicitation for the final round of Proposition 84 IRWM funding totaling $11 M for the North Coast region. The total funding request was $44.5 M with a total project cost of $58.4 M. NCRP 2015 Projects can be found here.

The NCRP Technical Peer Review Committee (TPRC) met on June 25 & 26 in Eureka to review the NCRP 2015 project proposals and to select a portfolio of priority projects as a TPRC recommendation to be presented to the Policy Review Panel (PRP) for final approval on July 2 in Weaverville. On July 2 the NCRP PRP unanimously approved the TPRC recommended portfolio of Priority Projects to be included in the regional application for the final Proposition 84 IRWM Grant funding. The listing of NCRP 2015 Priority Projects can be found here.

Background

Proposition 84, Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coastal Protection Bond Act of 2006 provides $900 million in regional funds to be allocated to 11 California Funding Areas. The North Coast’s allocation is $37 million with approximately $11M remaining. On March 13, 2015 the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) released the 2015 Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) Program Guidelines and 2015 Proposal Solicitation Package (PSP) for the last round of Proposition 84 funding. The final DWR 2015 IRWM Guidelines and 2015 PSP can be found at http://www.water.ca.gov/irwm/grants/p84implementation.cfm.

Eligible Projects

Eligible projects under the final round for Proposition 84 funding must yield multiple benefits and include one or more of the following elements.

  • Water supply reliability, water conservation, and water use efficiency
  • Drinking water treatment and distribution
  • Stormwater capture, storage, clean‐up, treatment, and management
  • Non‐point source pollution reduction, management, and monitoring
  • Groundwater recharge and management projects
  • Contaminant and salt removal through reclamation, desalting, and other treatment technologies and conveyance of reclaimed water for distribution to users
  • Water banking, exchange, reclamation, and improvement of water quality
  • Non‐point source pollution reduction, management, and monitoring
  • Planning and implementation of multipurpose flood management programs
  • Watershed protection and management
  • Removal of invasive non‐native species, the creation and enhancement of wetlands, and the acquisition, protection, and restoration of open space and watershed lands
  • Ecosystem and fisheries restoration and protection

Project Review and Selection Process

All projects submitted to the NCRP will be subject to review by the NCRP Technical Peer Review Committee (TPRC) and Policy Review Panel (PRP). As approved by the PRP, the NCRP 2015 Project Review and Selection Process Guidelines define the process for project compilation, review, ranking and selection. The project selection will be based on a number of factors including: technical project scores; project scalability and potential funding allowance; the overall balance of projects based on the PRP’s defined guidelines for project selection; and the collective ability of the projects to meet NCRP goals and be competitive for the funding opportunity.

Schedule

  • March 13: DWR releases Draft IRWM Guidelines and 2015 Proposal Solicitation Package (PSP)
  • April 20 –  May  29: NCRP 2015 Project Proposal Solicitation
  • May: DWR releases Final IRWM Guidelines and 2015 Project Solicitation Package
  • May 4 - 8: Informational & Assistance Workshops held throughout the North Coast Region
  • May 29: NCRP 2015 Project Proposals due
  • June 1 – June 21: TPRC Project Implementation Proposal review
  • June 25 & 26: TPRC Project Review meeting, Eureka
  • July 2: NCRP PRP & TPRC meeting, Weaverville
  • August 9: NCRP 2015 Project Application due to DWR

Workshops

  • May 4, 2 – 4 pm: University of California Cooperative Extension, Mendocino County Office, 890 N. Bush Street, Ukiah, 707.463.4495
  • May 5, 9:30 – 11:30 am: University of California Cooperative Extension, Humboldt County Office, 5630 South Broadway, Eureka, 707.445.7351
  • May 5, 2:30 – 4:30 pm: Sherwood Valley Rancheria of Pomo Indians, 190 Sherwood Hill Drive, Willits, 707.459.9690
  • May 6, 1 – 3 pm: Siskiyou County Administration Office Conference Room, 1312 Fairlane Road, Yreka, 530.842.8005
  • May 7, 10 am – 12 pm: Trinity County Library, 351 Main St., Weaverville, 530.623.1373
  • May 8, 10 am – 12 pm:: Sonoma County Water Agency, Redwood Room, 404 Aviation Blvd, Santa Rosa, 707.526.5370