Current Grantees Central Valley Water Quality Community Grants Program

FRESNO OFFICE REGION PROJECTS

California Product Stewardship Council
Project Title: Sustainable Medication Take Back for Tulare Basin Watershed

2015 Project List
Watershed: Tulare Lake Basin (Kaweah, St. Johns, and Tule Rivers)

Grant Request: $19,948.50
Theme: Public Awareness / Pollution Prevention
Supports the California Product Stewardship Council’s continued expansion of the pharmaceutical disposal education and outreach effort to protect watersheds in the Central Valley. The project will be located in the County of Madera and would expand the “Don’t Rush to Flush Meds in the Bin We All Win!” program developed by California Product Stewardship Council (CPSC) using a previous Rose Foundation grant from 2012-13. The Don’t Rush to Flush (DRTF) Sacramento/Yolo project – earned statewide award for the “Best Public/Private Partnership Award” from CalRecycle and Department of Toxic Substances Control and generated television and radio coverage including Capital Public Radio. Using the grant funds, CPSC will conduct a 1 year project to assist community and local government partners to establish up to three new medication collections bins and promote the DRTF program to the community. CPSC will work in collaboration with several government agencies including the Madera County Environmental Health Division, cities of Madera and Chowchilla public works, Madera County Sheriff’s office, cities of Madera and Chowchilla police departments, the Madera County Special Districts Department which maintains approximately 30 water systems and 15 sewer systems, cities of Madera and Chowchilla water and waste water departments, the Rural County Representatives of California, local waste haulers Mid Valley Disposal and Sunset Waste, and local drug abuse and prevention groups. These partners are all committed to the success of the project and will provide in-kind staffing support and promotion of the program.

Community Water Center
Project Title: Clean Water for Disadvantaged Communities

2014 Project List
Watershed: Tulare Lake Basin, Eastside San Joaquin Valley

Grant Request: $221,704.56 over 2 years
Theme: Water Quality Monitoring, Public Awareness, Watershed Assessment
The Community Water Center will further efforts to ensure clean sources of drinking water for disadvantaged communities in the San Joaquin Valley and Tulare Lake Basin. CWC will accomplish this through three main strategies: 1) Water Quality Monitoring in Disadvantaged Communities; 2) Community Outreach and Education in Disadvantaged Communities; and 3) Supporting Community Participation in Regional Water Planning. Water quality monitoring will help develop a better understanding of local groundwater conditions, including availability and quality, and identify impacts on beneficial uses, particularly for disadvantaged community drinking water supplies. Education and engagement of disadvantaged communities will enable proactive action to prevent and mitigate contamination of groundwater used as a source of drinking water. Community participation in regional water planning, including IRWMPs, groundwater quality management plans, and regional drinking water projects will ensure that water quality needs of disadvantaged communities will be addressed and sources of community drinking water supplies will be protected and improved.

SACRAMENTO OFFICE REGION PROJECTS

Environmental Justice Coalition for Water
Project Title: Clean Water Capacity-building for Sacramento Valley Disadvantaged Communities

2015 Project List
Watershed: Lower American River Watershed and the Sacramento River – Sacramento Valley Watershed

Grant Request: $41,000
Theme: Public Awareness / Pollution Prevention
Supports a water quality needs assessment in the American River Basin with an emphasis on Sacramento County, and then building the capacity of the area’s DAC residents to become agents for water justice and watershed health. This project will address the following pollutants: arsenic, nitrate, and hexavalent chromium, with respect to drinking water; heavy metals, mercury, and other industrial pollutants, with respect to subsistence fishing; fecal coliform, human waste, and diseases capable of transmission via water, with respect to homeless population; and paints, household chemicals, electronic waste, and other unknown pollutants that are routinely dumped illegally in irrigation ditches and other areas where they can impact water quality and watershed health. EJCW will conduct this work in close coordination with other project partners in the growing Sacramento Valley Water Justice Network (SVWJN), which will include the Environmental Council of Sacramento (the region’s largest environmental advocacy network), the Avondale Glen Elder Neighborhood Association (the voice for one of Sacramento’s lowest income neighborhoods), Mutual Housing California (a regional, affordable housing non-profit), and the Alchemist Community Development Corporation (a local, community-based CDC). Project deliverables include: 1) growing the network to anchor the SVWJN, 2) setting project or campaign agenda with toolkits for 3-5 of the disadvantaged communities engaged, and 3) engaging community representatives from each of the DACs as participants in EJCW’s water justice leadership training curriculum.

The Sierra Fund
Project Title: Building an Integrated Regional Water Management Collaborative Serving the CABY Region

2015 Project List
Watershed: Cosumnes, American, Bear and Yuba River watersheds

Grant Request: $40,000
Theme: Pollution Prevention / Public Awareness / Watershed Assessment
Helps leverage a $5.5 million grant awarded by the Department of Water Resources to The Sierra Fund’s “CABY Headwaters Resilience and Adaptability Program” – a collaboration among fifteen government and non-profit organizations. Funding would allow project partners working on water quality improvement in the region to more deeply engage with tribal leaders, disadvantaged community members, and others in the region as funded projects (from mercury remediation activities to meadow restoration to installation of new water pipes) are implemented. The project would create a public engagement strategy, list of key contacts, press releases, and include hosting at least one community meeting and attending other relevant community events. An important outcome of the project will be increased recognition from disadvantaged community residents of the Cosumnes, American, Bear, Yuba (CABY) Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) collaborative and its activities to improve water quality in the region.

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