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    • Recent News on the Forests November 2, 2015
      The Forest First Program was created because the national forests encompass approximately 30% of the Santa Ana River Watershed’s land mass and receive 90% of its annual precipitation. It was designed as a collaborative venture between the U.S. Forest Service […] […]
    • Local Disadvantaged Community Project Funded July 2, 2015
      On June 24, 2015, the Department of Water Resources announced the award of the 2014 Water-Energy Grant Program whereby SAWPA’s regional project, the Water-Energy Community Action Network (WECAN), will receive a total of $2.3 Million. The funding for this grant […] […]

The Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority (SAWPA) is a joint powers authority comprised of five member agencies:


agencies Eastern Municipal Water District
agencies Inland Empire Utilities Agency
agencies Orange County Water District
agencies San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District
agencies Western Municipal Water District

Please note new Department of Industrial Relations requirements regarding the Public Works Contractor Registration Program:


Request for Qualification Consulting Services to Update and Revise the Lake Elsinore and Canyon Lake Nutrient TMDLS

Lake Elsinore and San Jacinto Watersheds Authority (LESJWA) is currently requesting Statement of Qualifications from qualified firms for the preparation of the essential technical and regulatory documents required to update and revise the Lake Elsinore and Canyon Lake nutrient TMDLs. RFQs must be received by 5:00 p.m. on November 20, 2015.

RFQ Document

RFQ Documents – Update LE/CL Nutrient TMDLs

Referenced Docs in Appendix A; page 1 bullet points



Inland Empire Brine Line

  • In August 2014, SAWPA issued a notice inviting bids for construction of the Inland Empire Brine Line Reach V Rehabilitation and Improvement Project On October 21, 2014, SAWPA awarded the construction of the project to Charles King Company.  The total contract amount is $12,561,000.  A notice to construct was issued to the contractor in January 2015.  The construction duration is 14 months and is anticipated to be complete in early 2016.    Funding for the Project is through the California State Water Resources Control Board Clean Water State Revolving Fund Loan Program. Click here to learn more about this project

One Water One Watershed (OWOW)

  • OWOW 2015 Implementation: Monthly OWOW workshops are being held at SAWPA to assist in the development of integrated, regional, system based and multi-benefit programs/projects. Projects can be related to water supply reliability, water quality improvement, flood management, stormwater recharge and capture, land use, environmental enhancement, or disadvantaged communities. See the OWOW webpage for more information.
  • Emergency Drought Grant Program: Implementation of the $22 million Program, a watershed-wide water use efficiency effort is now being planned through the Project Agreement (PA) 22 Committee. The PA 22 Committee, composed of the regional water agencies in the Santa Ana River Watershed, is planning the implementation of the program which will include watershed aerial imagery, tools and support for retail water agencies to develop conservation-based water rates, web-based and informational tools to encourage conservation, and turf replacement. See the OWOW webpage for more information.
  • Round 2: The Proposition 84 IRWM Implementation Round 2 Grant Agreements have been executed and will be finalized between the project proponents and SAWPA very soon.

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