Financial Assistance Programs – Grants and Loans
Clean Beaches Initiative Grant Program
The CBI Grant Program has provided funding for projects that restored and protected the water quality and the environment of coastal waters, estuaries, bays, and near shore waters. The CBI Grant Program was initiated in response to the poor water quality and significant exceedances of bacterial indicators revealed by Assembly Bill (AB) 411 (Stats. 1997, Ch. 765) monitoring at California's beaches. Scientific studies have shown high bacteria levels are associated with pathogens that can cause gastroenteritis, infections, and respiratory illness. The CBI Program has provided approximately $100 million for implementation and research projects.
The State Water Board adopted Resolution No. 2012-0020, which adopted revised Guidelines for this program.
The remaining funds for the Clean Beaches Initiative Grant Program have been included in the Proposition 1 Storm Water Grant Program (Prop 1 SWGP) Funding Guidelines and associated project solicitations. The Prop 1 SWGP Guidelines provide that storm water or dry weather runoff projects that restore and protect the water quality and environment of coastal waters may qualify to be funded with unused or re-appropriated Proposition 13, 40, 50, and 84 CBI funds. Please see the Prop 1 SWGP Funding Guidelines as well as all related documents, available online at: http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/grants_loans/swgp/prop1/.
Status of Project Approvals – The table shows projects that are invited to submit a detailed application, projects with draft and approved preliminary funding commitments, and projects with executed CBI agreements.
Clean Beaches Initiative Guidelines
The Guidelines contain an overview of the grant process, eligibility requirements, program priorities, proposal solicitation, review and selection process, and general requirements.
The CBI Guidelines have been superseded by the Proposition 1 Storm Water Grant Program Guidelines available at http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/grants_loans/swgp/prop1/.
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|Eligible Applicants||See the Prop 1 SWGP Guidelines|
|Eligible Project Types||Multi-benefit storm water projects addressing discharge to coastal waters.
See the Prop 1 SWGP Guidelines
|Funding Available||Approximately $25 million|
|Fund Source||Proposition 40
|Loans or Grants||Grants|
|Applications||The Prop 1 SWGP is currently accepting ROUND 1 applications through July 8, 2016.
See the Prop 1 SWGP Guidelines
Damanvir Badyal, Senior Water Resources Control Engineer
Division of Financial Assistance
- The California Microbial Source Identification Manual: “A Tiered Approach to Identifying Fecal Pollution Sources to Beaches” is available. The Manual was completed to develop a standard source identification protocol to identify fecal indicator bacteria (FIB) sources contributing to chronically polluted beaches.
- Assembly Bill 411
- Developing a Project Assessment and Evaluation Plan (PAEP)
- Developing a QAPP
- Forms and Instructions
- Overview and History – Clean Beaches Initiative Program (shown in the Revised CBI Guidelines)
- Public Resources Code
Propositions 50 and 84 specify that the CBI Program grant funds must be implemented according to the requirements of Proposition 13 Coastal Nonpoint Source Control Program (Wat. Code § 79148 et seq.) and Proposition 40 Clean Beaches Program (Pub. Resources Code, § 30915 et seq.), respectively. Proposition 50 allows for projects that provide comprehensive capability for monitoring, collecting, and analyzing ambient water quality, including monitoring technology that can be entered into a statewide information database (Wat. Code, § 79148.8, subd. (a)(2)). As a result, a portion of the available Proposition 50 funds will be dedicated to funding eligible statewide research projects that address the identified Clean Beaches Task Force research priorities.
- Priority Beaches 2012 (Appendix C of the Revised Clean Beaches Initiative Guidelines)
Archive – links to older reference material