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Department of Water Resources Sends $ 10 Million to El Dorado County to Repair Damage from Caldor Fire | South Lake Tahoe

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today released its first round of awards to 20 projects under the Urban Drought Relief and Multi-Benefit Grant program. El Dorado County Receives $ 10 Million For Irrigation District To Build Interconnection Between Drinking Water Sources To Increase System Reliability In Response To Major Impacts To Its Infrastructure By The Caldor Fire of this year.

Funding scholarships will provide essential support to communities across the state facing the impacts of drought.

Authorized by the 2021 finance law, the Urban Drought Relief and Multi-Benefit Grant Program received $ 200 million to help communities facing the loss or contamination of their water supplies due to the drought, help cope with the immediate impacts of drought on human health and safety, and protect fish and wildlife. The response to this grant program has been overwhelming with over 147 projects submitted for funding in the first phase. Fourteen of the twenty awarded projects will benefit underprivileged communities and tribes.

“As we develop long-term strategies to deal with climate change and future dry conditions in California, we must take action now to help local and regional agencies manage another historic drought,” said Karla Nemeth, director of DWR. “We remain committed to investing in our communities today to ensure a future based on safe and reliable water supplies and a healthy environment. “

Among the projects likely to benefit from a grant:

The town of Fort Bragg in Mendocino County will receive $ 8.8 million for structural cladding and reconstruction of 9,250 feet of pipeline that supplies more than half of the water used by the town, which has been faced with serious water supply problems earlier this year. The project will build resilience by ensuring a reliable water supply during future droughts.

The Tuolumne Stanislaus Integrated Regional Water Management Authority will receive $ 1.1 million to build a 400,000 gallon drinking water storage tank that will provide water to 175 homes in the Tuolumne Rancheria de la Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians.

In Sacramento County, the Regional Water Authority will receive $ 650,000 to complete planning for the Sacramento Regional Water Bank. It will be the first federally recognized water bank in the Sacramento Valley with an estimated available capacity of 2 million acre-feet.

The Western Municipal Water District in Riverside County will receive $ 1.7 million to build a polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) treatment system at the Western water recycling facility. The project will recharge 985 acre-feet of recycled water per year into the Arlington groundwater basin, which has shrunk by nearly 60% in the past 25 years.

Merced Irrigation District to receive $ 4 million to upgrade a structural facility on Bear Creek to accommodate flood-managed aquifer recharge operations and increase flow capacity to cope with future storms .

A full list of the 20 winning projects can be found here.

DWR will continue to accept applications for the next phase of rewards until midnight January 14th. Due to high demand, applicants are encouraged to submit applications that meet all criteria for completeness, eligibility and technical review, and are as responsive as possible to one or more of the three funding priorities. Funding is currently available for public agencies, utilities, tribes, special districts, non-profit organizations, water mutual societies, colleges and regional water management groups. To date, the Department has received $ 850 million in requests for project funding.

The program is one of many drought finance programs offered by the state. For more information on other drought response efforts and DWR and state funding programs, visit

– Press release from the Department of Water Resources