CAA Cleanup & Abatement Account 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 that could apply for this funding include public agencies, as well as not-for-profit organizations and tribal governments that serve a disadvantaged community and that have the authority to clean up or abate the effects of a waste.

Eligible Entities

  • State Water Board
  • 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)

Eligible Projects (included, but not limited to)

  • Groundwater Cleanup/Remediation of Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
  • Oil/Diesel Spill Cleanup/Response Efforts
  • Emergency Erosion Control
  • Removal of Abandoned Vessels and Marine Debris
  • Clean-up of Petroleum Spills
  • Sewage Treatment Plant Spill/Failure
  • Sewer Line Failure
  • Clean-up of Mining Waste Leachate Drainage/Discharge
  • Emergency Wastewater Treatment Plant Repair
  • Removal of Contaminated Dredging Sediment
  • Clean-up of Illegal Dumping
  • Abatement of Algae in a Lake
  • Wetlands Restoration
  • Watershed Restoration
  • Pilot Test/Demonstration Project
  • Erosion Control

How to Apply

The Deputy Director of the Division of Financil 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