Final Funding Recommendations: Final funding recommendations have been released and posted on the Awards page.
Schedule & Upcoming Events: No future solicitations are planned for this grant program.
The Drainage Reuse Grant Program provides funds to local public agencies, including public universities, in the State of California for research and/or programs that resolve agricultural subsurface drainage water issues by developing methods of using it, reducing its toxic elements, and concentrating, separating and utilizing its salts. Examples of research and technical study projects that could be funded by this grant program include, but are not limited to, those that:
- Develop methods to reuse drainage water,
- Optimize irrigation methods for source reduction,
- Investigate or develop salt tolerant plant species,
- Analyze market opportunities for harvested salts, and
- Develop drainage treatment and salt separation technologies.
Funding for this program comes from Proposition 204 through the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). With the approval of Proposition 204 by California voters in 1996, any unallocated funds remaining in the Agricultural Drainage Water Account of the 1986 Water Conservation and Water Quality Bond Law (Proposition 44) were transferred to a drainage management sub-account and were to be continuously appropriated, without regard to fiscal years, to CDFA. In September 1997, representatives of the CDFA, DWR, and the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to transfer the funds from the drainage management sub-account, as well as the responsibility for implementing the programs required by the legislation, to DWR.
Available Funding: $2 million
Maximum Award per Project: $300,000
Eligible Applicants: Local agencies including any city, county, district, joint powers authority, or other political subdivision of the state (including public universities) involved with water management.
Eligible Projects: Projects must contribute to the improvement of drainage management methods and enhance existing knowledge of drainage mitigation opportunities. Eligible projects must yield multiple benefits and address one or more of the program objectives listed in the 2014 Guidelines/PSP.
Program Priorities: While there are many options for eligible projects, the types of projects that will be given priority in this round of funding include those that:
- Develop sustainable, environmentally-acceptable methods to concentrate and harvest salts and potentially toxic elements from drainage water.
- Develop viable desalination technologies for subsurface agricultural drainage water and brackish groundwater underlying drainage impaired lands.
- Utilize concentrate from desalination processes for recycling of valuable salts, such as gypsum, sodium sulfate, magnesium and calcium chlorides, etc.
- Include regional projects or programs (California Water Code [CWC] Section 10544). Regional projects or programs include those that are identified in an integrated regional water management plan that accomplish the regional goals defined by CWC Section 10537).