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Funding Programs Background
Proposition 1

In November 2014, California voters passed Proposition 1, the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014.  This grant program implements California Water Code (CWC) Chapter 7, §79746 added by Proposition 1.

Proposition 1 provides funding to implement objectives of the California Water Action Plan [PDF], an initiative that establishes state water planning priorities.  Under Proposition 1, funds are authorized for urban water conservation plans, projects, and loans implemented to achieve urban water use targets developed pursuant to California Water Code (Section 10608.20) and agricultural water management plans or agricultural water use efficiency projects and programs developed pursuant to Part 2.8 (commencing with Section 10800) of Division 6.

This financial assistance program will fund water conservation and water use efficiency projects for public agencies, tribes, local agencies, non-profits, and other subdivisions of the State that produce State benefits.   Benefits to the State include water savings; improved in-stream flow; improved water quality; increased energy conservation; reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions; and, increased local water supply reliability. 

Current and upcoming water use efficiency programs funded by Proposition 1:

Proposition 50

In In November 2002, California voters passed Proposition 50, the Water Security, Clean Drinking Water, Coastal and Beach Protection Act of 2002. This proposition provided funding for a variety of water projects including coastal protection, the CALFED Bay-Delta Program, integrated regional water management, safe drinking water, and water quality. The Water Use Efficiency Grant Program - Proposition 50 implemented California Water Code (CWC) Chapter 7, §79550 (g), which provided funding for balanced implementation of the CALFED Bay-Delta Program for urban and agricultural water conservation, recycling, and other water use efficiency projects.

All funded projects under this program are required to be consistent with the CALFED Programmatic Record of Decision (ROD)(CWC §79552). To achieve CALFED water use efficiency fundamental goals, the ROD Water Use Efficiency Program Plan, in part, includes the following objectives: reduce existing irrecoverable losses; achieve multiple benefits; preserve local flexibility; use incentive-based over regulatory action; and build on existing water use efficiency programs.

Current and upcoming programs funded by Proposition 50:

  • Agricultural Water Management Plan 2015 Grants –(for mid-sized agricultural water suppliers) provides non-competitive grants to agricultural water suppliers that supply water to 10,000 to 25,000 acres of irrigated lands to assist them fully comply with the requirements of Executive Order B-29-15 Directive 13.