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Proposition 68 Chapter 11.1

Groundwater Sustainability Funding Programs

Proposition 68 was passed by voters in June 2018. The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) will administer $74 million from Chapter 11.1 for grants for treatment and remediation activities that prevent or reduce the contamination of groundwater that serves as a source of drinking water.

Chapter 11.1 of the California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access for All Act of 2018 (commonly referred to as Proposition 68 [Prop 68]) gave the State Water Board the authority to administer $74 million in grant funds for treatment and remediation activities that prevent or reduce the contamination of groundwater that serves as a source of drinking water. $16 million of the total amount is set-aside for projects serving severely disadvantaged communities (SDACs). The State Water Board adopted the Prop 68 Groundwater Treatment and Remediation Grant Program Guidelines (Prop 68 GW Guidelines) on August 20, 2019, to serve as the required project solicitation and evaluation guidelines for the State Water Board’s Groundwater Treatment and Remediation Grant Program.

Projects that have been funded under this program can be found in the List of Preliminary Awards. This program is closed to new applications, and the State Water Board currently has no plans for further project solicitations. For additional funding opportunities, please visit the next tab.

After funding two rounds of projects solicited under the Proposition 68 Groundwater Treatment and Remediation Grant Program Guidelines (Prop 68 GW Guidelines), approximately $29.5 million remains uncommitted, of which approximately $8.5 million is reserved for severely disadvantaged communities (SDACs). To utilize these remaining funds and to help meet the significant needs of disadvantaged communities (DACs) across California, the State Water Board adopted Resolution No. 2020-0028 (Resolution) on August 18, 2020. The Resolution delegates authority to the Deputy Director of the Division of Financial Assistance (DFA) to award these remaining funds to assist DAC drinking water systems that treat groundwater for direct potable use, without necessarily remediating the aquifer, and waives the Prop 68 GW Guidelines for these projects.

DFA is proposing to implement new Proposition 68 Groundwater – Drinking Water Treatment Operations and Maintenance Funding Program Draft Guidelines (Draft Guidelines) to distribute the uncommitted $29.5 million to small DAC drinking water systems. By implementing the Draft Guidelines, DFA can distribute Prop 68 funding to benefit small DACs and SDACs statewide. The Draft Guidelines establish the process and criteria for the administration of the uncommitted Prop 68 Chapter 11.1 funding. If Prop 68 funds are uncommitted at the end of 2022, Resolution 2020-0028 authorizes the Deputy Director of DFA to utilize any funds remaining unencumbered to extend executed funding agreements for the O&M projects funded according to the Prop 68 GW Guidelines, contingent upon budget authority.

The Draft Guidelines are available for review during the public comment period that lasts from April 22, 2022 through 12:00 noon on May 31, 2022. The State Water Board will also conduct three public workshops on the Draft Guidelines. Additional information can be found by visiting the State Water Board’s Public Notices webpage and reading the Notice for the Draft Guidelines.



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