Reclamation awards $1 million in CALFED grants to improve water reliability, enhance environment

The Bureau of Reclamation awarded a total of $1 million in CALFED Water Use Efficiency grants to two California projects that will conserve around 4,000 acre-feet annually and improve infrastructure for fiscal year 2020. Combined with local cost-share contributions, these projects are expected to implement about $2.7 million in water management improvements during the next two years.

The two selected projects are described below:

Shafter-Wasco Irrigation District $500,000 grant. The district will install a new 27-inch pipeline along a 1.5-mile alignment in Shafter, connect a pipeline to an existing neighboring district pipeline and then bank this water for future drought. This available water will help mitigate the district’s on-farm groundwater pumping and alleviate some of the groundwater basin overdraft. Annual water savings will conserve around 3,000 acre-feet (or about 978,000 gallons); lifetime water savings will be 144,000 acre-feet (or about 46.9 billion gallons) over the project’s 50-year life. Project cost is $1,559,787 with a federal cost-share of $500,000.

South San Joaquin Municipal Utility District $500,000 grant. The district will construct 40 acres of spreading ponds and install a recovery well within its boundaries to provide district operational flexibility and absorb surface water when available for recharge and irrigation recovery in peak-demand months or dry periods. Annual water savings will conserve around 1,100 acre-feet (or about 358 million gallons); lifetime water savings will be 55,800 acre-feet (or about 18 billion gallons) over the project’s 50-year life. Project cost is $1,162,926 with a federal cost-share of $500,000.

These projects will contribute to CALFED Bay-Delta Program’s objectives of improving ecosystem health, water supply reliability and water quality. California and federal agencies are partners in the 30-year program (2000-2030). Reclamation’s competitive selection process prioritized projects that addressed statewide CALFED goals.

Fiscal year 2020 CALFED funding is available through Funding Opportunity Announcement BOR-MP-F002. Applications are due by Dec. 2, 2019, through www.grants.gov. Contact Anna Sutton for more information on the Water Use Efficiency Program at asutton@usbr.gov or 916-978-5214 (TTY 800-877-8339).

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