The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is now accepting proposals for ecosystem restoration and protection projects that fulfill the objectives of Proposition 1.
Approved by California voters in November 2014, Proposition 1 provides funds to implement the three broad objectives of the California Water Action Plan: establishing more reliable water supplies, restoring important species and habitat and creating a more resilient, sustainably managed water resources system (water supply, water quality, flood protection and environment) that can better withstand inevitable and unforeseen pressures in the coming decades.
“There is a significant demand for funding of projects that protect and restore our state’s ecosystems, as evidenced by the initial rollout of our Proposition 1 programs,” said CDFW Director Charlton H. Bonham. “The department is planning to continue this momentum by funding projects that complement these efforts and further address critical statewide needs.”
The FY 2016-2017 Proposal Solicitation Notice, application instructions and other information about the Restoration Grant Programs are available at www.wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/watersheds/restoration-grants.
Proposals must be submitted online at https://faast.waterboards.ca.gov. The deadline to apply is Friday, June 24, 2016 at 4 p.m.
Approved projects will contribute to the objectives of California Water Action Plan, State Wildlife Action Plan, the Delta Plan, California EcoRestore and the fulfillment of CDFW’s mission.
For Fiscal Year 2016-2017, a total of $31.4 million in Proposition 1 funds will be made available through CDFW’s two Proposition 1 Restoration Grant Programs. The Watershed Restoration Grant Program will fund up to $24 million in projects of statewide importance outside of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, while the Delta Water Quality and Ecosystem Restoration Grant Program will fund up to $7 million in projects that specifically benefit the Delta.