Proposition 68 Groundwater Treatment and Remediation Grant Program

The Division of Financial Assistance (DFA) is pleased to announce that the Proposition 68 Groundwater Treatment and Remediation Grant Program funding solicitation is now open. Information regarding the solicitation process is available on the Proposition 68 Groundwater Treatment and Remediation Grant Program


DFA staff will conduct a webinar on December 2, 2019 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm to provide useful information and guidance on how to apply. Please use this link to join the webinar: Join Skype Meeting<>

The solicitation will close January 24, 2020 at 5:00 pm.

Approximately $74 million is available to fund projects through the Groundwater Treatment and Remediation Grant Program. The State Water Board is setting aside $16 million for projects serving severely disadvantaged communities (SDACs) (Pub. Resource Code, § 80008, subd. (a)(1)).

2.1 Priorities Established in Proposition 68

2.1.1 Leverage Funds – Priority will be given to projects that leverage private, federal, or local funding or produce the greatest public benefit (Pub. Resources Code, § 80001, subd. (b)(2)). 2.1.2 Workforce Opportunities – To the extent practicable, the project provides workforce education and training, contractor, and job opportunities for disadvantaged communities (Pub. Resources Code, § 80001, subd. (b)(5))

2.1.3 Proposition 68, Chapter 11.1 (Pub. Resources Code, § 80141, subd. (b)) prioritization criteria:

a. The threat posed by groundwater contamination to the affected community’s overall drinking water supplies, including an urgent need for treatment of alternative supplies or increased water imports if groundwater is not available due to contamination. For the purposes of this paragraph, treatment includes ongoing operation and maintenance of existing facilities.

b. The potential for groundwater contamination to spread and impair drinking water supply and water storage for nearby population areas.

c. The potential of the project, if fully implemented, to enhance local water supply reliability.

d. The potential of the project to maximize opportunities to recharge vulnerable, high-use groundwater basins and optimize groundwater supplies.

e. The project addresses contamination at a site for which the courts or the appropriate regulatory authority has not yet identified responsible parties, or where the identified responsible parties are unwilling or unable to pay for the total cost of cleanup, including water supply reliability improvement for critical urban water supplies in designated superfund areas with groundwater contamination listed on the National Priorities List established pursuant to Section 105(a)(8)(B) of the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (42 U.S.C. § 9605(a)(8)(B)). 2.2 Eligibility Requirements Established by the State Water Board

2.2.1 The project must be identified as a high priority by the applicable state or federal regulatory agencies (e.g. Regional Water Quality Control Board [Regional Water Board], State Water Board, Department of Toxic Substances Control [DTSC], the United States Environmental Protection Agency [U.S. EPA], and Department of Water Resources [DWR]).

2.2.2 The applicant must demonstrate that the project can be completed within the appropriation time frame.

2.2.3 The applicant must demonstrate the availability of funds for any match required.

2.2.4 The applicant must have established, or have a detailed plan for establishing, adequate rights of way for the useful life of the project. 2.3 Project Preferences Established by the State Water Board

a. Human Right to Water – the project supports and advances the State’s policy on The Human Right to Water, including any resolutions or policies adopted by the State Water Board. b. Community Benefit – the project benefits the largest number of people per dollar spent, considering the size of the community in which the project is located.

c. Contaminant Removal Efficiency – the project removes the most contamination at the lowest cost.

d. Promote Groundwater Sustainability – the project supports attainment of the goals of an approved Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP)2 or the project is consistent with the applicable court decree in an adjudicated basin.

e. Demonstrated Ability – the applicant has demonstrated the ability to complete similar projects or previous phases of the overall cleanup effort on time and within scope and budget. f. Public Health Risk/Benefit – the project provides a quantifiable reduction in an existing risk to public health.

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