NCRP Urban and Multibenefit Drought Relief Grant(s)

The NCRP is pleased to announce that it plans to submit a regional NCRP Urban and Multibenefit Drought Relief Grant proposal on December 17 and a NCRP Urban and Multibenefit Drought Relief for Underrepresented and Tribal Communities Set-Aside Grant in early 2022

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PROPOSAL SUPPORT

Technical assistance and proposal development support will be made available based on relevant need and timing constraints related to the NCRP Urban and Multibenefit Drought Relief Grant Applications. Due to the short timeframe for application development for the due dates listed by DWR to date, projects that are beyond the conceptual design level and can be developed and packaged per the DWR requirements by the deadline will be prioritized for assistance. Projects that meet other technical requirements, but need further technical support or fall outside the multibenefit drought program guidelines will be considered for future phases of the Urban and Multibenefit Drought Relief Grant expected to be due early 2022 or Proposition 1 IRWM Round 2 funding in 2022.

NCRP Drought Relief Projects

NCRP Drought Relief Projects

On November 29, the NCRP received 25 project proposals to be considered for inclusion into the NCRP Urban and Multibenefit Drought Relief Grant Proposal for submittal to DWR on December 17. The total funding request is nearly $22.9 million with a total project cost of over $25 million.

The TPRC will conduct their technical review and will meet on Dec 7, 9 am – 3pm (via zoom) to discuss the project proposals and select a draft suite of Priority Projects for Executive Committee review and approval on Dec 10, 10 am.

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NCRP Urban and Multibenefit Drought Relief Projects, 2021

Briceland Community Services District, Water Supply Enhancement
Brooktrails Township Community Services District, Brooktrails Township Clarifier Project
Point Cabrillo Highlands, Water Security Enhancement
City of Montague, Water Tank
Fieldbrook Glendale Community Services District, Water Tank Retrofit Project
Gasquet Community Services District, North Fork Water Line Extension
Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District, Sonoma County Household Drought Resiliency Project
Mattole Restoration Council, Southern Humboldt Emergency Fire Suppression Water Supply
Mendocino County Resource Conservation District, Rainwater Harvest and Greywater Workshops and Demonstration Project
Montague Water Conservation District, Main Canal Lining for Instream Benefit
Orick Communinty Services District, Distribution Expansion & Water Storage
Resighini Rancheria, Conservation Measures to Address Drought
Resort Improvement District No.1, Shelter Cove Well Site Improvements
Salmonid Restoration Federation, Redwood Creek, South Fork Eel River Storage and Forbearance Program
Sanctuary Forest Inc., Mattole Headwaters Drought Relief Project
Scotia Community Services District, River Pumps Backup Generator Project
Scotia Community Services District, Water Storage Tank Project
Scott River Watershed Council, Etna Creek Real Time StreamFlow Monitoring Project
Scott River Watershed Council, Scott River Tailings Restoration, Long Pond Implementation, Phase 1
Sonoma County Regional Parks, Sonoma County Regional Parks Rainwater Catchment and Water Conservation Project
Sonoma County Department of Transportation and Public Works, Freestone Backwash System and Generator
Sonoma County Department of Transportation and Public Works, Jenner Smart Meters
The Watershed Research and Training Center, Browns and Tule Creeks Drought Resiliency Storage and Forbearance Project
Weaverville Community Services District, Drought Resliency & Water Reliability Project
Weott Community Services District, System Improvements

SUBMISSION 1 TIMELINE

Oct 18: eblast request for information from entities interested in applying for drought funding via the NCRP Urban and Multibenefit Drought Relief Grant regional proposal; due date Oct 31

  • Oct – Nov 29: staff and technical assistance team work with project proponents to develop application materials
  • Nov 10: Proposition 1 Ad Hoc Committee review and approve project evaluation/selection process and criteria
  • Nov 17: notification deadline for Applicants interested in receiving technical assistance/support for proposal development; due date for the Eligibility and General Information Application
  • Nov 29: due date for the Project Information Application submitted to NCRP staff
  • Nov 30: proposal materials provided to the Technical Peer Review Committee (TPRC) for review; see NCRP Urban and Multibenefit Drought Relief Project Review and Selection Process Guidelines, 2021
  • Dec 6: due date for preliminary project scores from the TPRC
  • Dec 7, 9 am – 3pm: TPRC Project Review Meeting (via zoom, TBD)
  • Dec 7, 4pm: post the TPRC recommendation: draft listing of priority projects
  • Dec 10, 10 am: NCRP Executive Committee meeting to review the TPRC recommendation and make final determination
  • Dec 14: Priority Project sponsors submit eligibility materials, if required
  • Dec 17: staff finalize and submit the proposal to DWR
  • TBD, early 2022: NCRP Urban and Multibenefit Drought Relief for Underrepresented and Tribal Communities Set-Aside Grant

Application Materials

NCRP Urban and Multibenefit Drought Relief Project Review and Selection Process Guidelines, 2021

Eligibility and General Information Application is due on Nov 17 along with an indication of whether technical assistance is required

Project Information Application is due on Nov 29; for those projects that would like technical assistance, this form should be completed to the extent possible by Nov 17 and the technical assistance team will work with you to complete the application in time for the Nov 29 due date

Please send all application materials to Katherine Gledhill at kgledhill@westcoastwatershed.com

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BACKGROUND

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR), is providing $190 million in grant funding through the Urban and Multibenefit Drought Relief Grant Program for interim or immediate relief in response to conditions arising from drought across California. The drought relief goal is to address immediate impacts on human health and safety and on fish and wildlife resources, and to provide water to persons or communities that lose or are threatened with the loss or contamination of water supplies. The Final Guidelines/ Proposal Solicitation were released on October 29 and can found at the following link: Final 2021 Urban and Multibenefit Drought Relief Grant Program Guidelines and Proposal Solicitation Package

NCRP LEADERSHIP COUNCIL AD HOC COMMITTEE DIRECTION

During the North Coast Resource Partnership (NCRP) Quarterly meeting on October 15, 2021, the Leadership Council directed staff to work with the Technical Peer Review Committee (TPRC) Co-Chairs and the Proposition 1 Ad Hoc committee to develop and implement a streamlined approach to evaluating the projects to be included in one or more NCRP regional applications in alignment with the Urban and Multibenefit Drought Relief Grant Program guidelines while also adhering to key NCRP project review processes. The Proposition 1 Ad Hoc committee met on November 10 and approved the application process, timeline and the application materials listed above for a regional NCRP Urban and Multibenefit Drought Relief Grant proposal submittal of December 17.

Should DWR announce subsequent phases of the funding, the NCRP will develop a new timeline for additional regional proposal submissions, including a NCRP Urban and Multibenefit Drought Relief for Underrepresented and Tribal Communities Set-Aside Grant.