CAA Cleanup or Abatement Projects

The Cleanup and Abatement Account (CAA) was created by Water Code Sections 13440-13443 to provide public agencies with grants for the cleanup or abatement of a condition of pollution when there are no viable responsible parties available to undertake the work. The CAA is supported by court judgments and administrative civil liabilities assessed by the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) and the Regional Water Quality Control Boards (Regional Boards).

Eligible Entities

  • Regional Water Quality Control Boards (represented by the Executive Officer)
  • Public Agencies
  • Tribal Governments (that serve disadvantaged communities)
  • Not-for-Profit Organizations (that serve disadvantaged communities)
  • Community Water Systems (that serves a disadvantaged communities)

How to Apply

The Deputy Director of the Division of Financial Assistance (DFA) and the Executive Director of the State Water Board are delegated authority to approve up to $250,000 in CAA funds per project, for routine or non-controversial projects. Any non-routine or controversial projects, or CAA approvals exceeding $250,000 per project, will require State Water Board approval.

To apply for funding complete the funding application online via the Financial Assistance Application Submittal Tool (FAAST).  Select the RFP titled “Cleanup and Abatement Account – 2015 onwards.

FAAST training presentation available at: https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/grants_loans/caa/docs/faast_prsntn.pdf.

Reference Materials

Funded CAA Projects