The $7.545 billion water bond (Prop. 1) was approved overwhelmingly by California voters last November to direct critical resources towards state water supply infrastructure projects. That set aside at least $696 million specifically for disadvantaged and severely disadvantaged communities. Now, the task at hand is actually disbursing that money on the ground where it’s needed most.
CWC’s Community Organizer Ryan Jensen attended a Prop. 1 town hall meeting organized by Assemblymember Rudy Salas (District 32) in Hanford earlier this month. The State Water Board explained that it would be administering Prop. 1. Drinking Water allocations through the existing State Revolving Fund (SRF) application system. The State Water Board encouraged applicants to submit fully developed application packages as soon as possible, as these would be prioritized for funding allocations. The State Water Board will provide application assistance if needed.
The State Water Board held three public workshops in Fresno, Riverside, and Sacramento this month to get feedback on funding program guidelines for the Small Community Wastewater program and provide updates on other program funding opportunities. CWC and our community partners attended and testified at workshops in Fresno and Sacramento. Community residents asked the State Water Board for details on how technical assistance will be provided and how funding will be allocated to small communities, including state smalls and communities on private wells. We will be developing written comments on the wastewater and drinking water guidelines with our allies and partners as part of the State Board’s public process. For information on how you can submit written comments, click here.