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Your Opportunity to Shape State Funding Programs

The State Water Board is holding public meetings on the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, SB 445 Site Cleanup Subaccount Program, and Proposition 1 Groundwater and Drinking Water Programs. These are important funding programs, several of which are still in the very early development stages -- your participation can help shape the programs to ensure they meet community needs. In sum, these four programs represent more than $1 billion in state funding that could be used to address community drinking water challenges. We need to make sure the funding guidelines prioritize projects that address the needs of communities without safe drinking water, especially small communities that rely on contaminated groundwater as their sole source of drinking water. 

CWC is still shaping our own comments and policy positions for these programs, and we'd love to hear your ideas! Please RSVP to the upcoming meetings (the first one is today!) and share your thoughts on how these programs should be developed with the state board and CWC. We hope to hear from you during the comments process!

Scroll down for more info on each program and associated meetings.






  • State Water Board’s Groundwater Quality Funding
  • How Proposition 1 Groundwater Sustainability and SB 445 Site Cleanup Subaccount (SCAP) funding programs work together
  • Timeline for development of funding programs, project solicitation, grant agreements
  • Eligible applicants and projects
  • Solicit input on scope of the Proposition 1 Groundwater Sustainability and SB 445 Site Cleanup Subaccount programs
  • How and when to apply for funding
  • Solicit input on GWQF Pre-Application

SB 445 Site Cleanup Subaccount Program (SCAP)

The SCAP is unique because SB 445 allows for applicants who are not typically eligible to apply for grant agreements, such as private companies and individuals. It requires the State Water Board to consider whether there are alternative sources of funding for projects, so that the SCAP can focus on projects where no other funding options are available. SCAP projects are likely to be smaller than many projects funded by bonds and state revolving funds. There are at least two types of projects that are likely to present themselves when project solicitation occurs:  (1) Projects to address contaminated drinking water of unregulated sources, such as contaminated drinking water supplies with less than 15 connections; and (2) Projects to cleanup sources of contamination at “orphan sites”.  SB 445 requires that the eligible projects responsible party does not have the financial resources to implement a remedy.

Proposition 1 Groundwater Sustainability Program

Proposition 1 was passed by voters in November 2014 and provided $900 million for a groundwater sustainability program (Assembly Bill 1471, Chapter 10).  The State Water Board will administer $800 million to prevent and cleanup contamination of groundwater that serves (or has served) as a source of drinking water.  The funds can be provided as grants or loans.  Eligible applicants are public agencies, tribes, public utilities, non-profits, and mutual water companies.  Proposition 1 provides project prioritization criteria including threat to drinking water supply; potential for contamination to spread to nearby population areas; potential to enhance local water supplies; potential to recharge vulnerable, high-use basins; and projects for which there are no responsible parties or the responsible parties are unwilling/unable to pay for the cleanup.   Workshop participants will be asked for input on the scope of funding guidelines that staff will draft for further public review and input. The funding guidelines will be used as the basis for soliciting and selecting projects for Proposition 1 funding.

Where to get more information:

Groundwater quality funding (GWQF) information is available on the DFA website. The information describes and compares the funding programs, eligibility requirements, and timelines.

GWQF Fact Sheet:

GWQF PowerPoint:

SCAP Fact Sheet:

Sign-up for Email alerts for "Groundwater Quality Funding Assistance":

How to contact SWB:


Message phone: 1-800-813-Fund (3863)  






The State Water Board, Division of Financial Assistance, invites you to the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) and Proposition 1 Public Workshop to be held at three California locations in June 2015. Proposition 1 (Section 79724) allocates $260 million in funding for public water system infrastructure improvements and related actions to meet safe drinking water standards, ensure affordable drinking water, or both. 

The DWSRF Intended Use Plan (IUP) explains how the State Water Board intends to implement the DWSRF Program. The Draft State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2015-16 DWSRF (IUP) incorporates information regarding implementation of Section 79724 of Proposition

1. The three public workshops will provide State Water Board staff with an opportunity to answer questions and receive comments on the Draft SFY 2015-16 DWSRF IUP and the proposed Proposition 1 guidelines, which are posted online at:

The workshop dates and locations are as follows:


  Scheduled Date and Time Location Registration

Monday, June 22, 2015

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

11020 Sun Center Drive, Suite 200

Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

Thursday, June 25, 2015

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Fresno Regional Water Quality Control Board

1685 E Street

Fresno, CA 93706

Monday, June 29, 2015

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board

3737 Main Street, Room 200

Highgrove Room

Riverside, CA 92501


Due to limited space available, registration is recommended, but not required.  Individuals requiring special accommodations are requested to contact the State Water Board Contact identified at the end of this notice at least five (5) working days prior to the workshop(s).

Web cast will be available on June 22 only at:

Submission of Written Comments

If you are unable to attend and provide feedback at one of the workshops, interested parties are encouraged to submit their comments in writing to or at the address listed below. Written comments on the Draft SFY 2015-16 DWSRF IUP must be received by 12:00 noon on Tuesday, June 30, 2015.

Further information and the complete Notice of Public Workshops can be viewed at

If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Uyen Trinh-Le at (916) 440-7590 or send an email to

Written comments may be sent to the mailing address below:

State Water Resources Control Board
Division of Financial Assistance
1001 I Street, 16th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814



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