As funding resources become scarcer and the challenges of the 21st Century more pronounced, it becomes even more important that each dollar provide the maximum benefit possible. In addition, solving one water problem by creating another problem elsewhere is not cost effective. Water rate payers are the same as those that pay for environmental protection and floodwater management. They should not be paying to solve one problem a number of different ways. OWOW calls us to see the linkages between stormwater management and local water supply, land use and water quality, and accommodation of a growing population with finite water resources. It is only through a view of the watershed as an integrated system that we can be successful and develop operational efficiencies. OWOW 2.0 Process Timeline.
SAWPA has completed the initial ranking of projects submitted as part of the One Water One Watershed planning process. You are invited to comment on any project submitted by using the electronic form below.
Comments on projects must be received using the electronic form to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 5:00 p.m.
Adopted Ranking Process – Click here to view presentation.
OWOW 2.0 Project Ranking Public Workshop Hearing
December 6 SAWPA Presentation
OWOW 2.0 Project Solicitation Workshop
September 6, 2012 Presentation
March 10, 2012 Presentation
SAWPA announced its Call for Projects for OWOW 2.0 IRWM for the Santa Ana River Watershed on August 1, 2012. The second round of OWOW funding seeks to encourage the development of regional projects and programs that will serve as the backbone for water management in the future. Closing Date October 1, 2012 – Project Forms are due to SAWPA.
To qualify for Round 2 of the Proposition 84 IRWM Implementation grant program, projects must meet four eligibility “gates:”
Criteria for ranking projects considered to be eligible will be based on the criteria as listed below:
- Improvement in water reliability and reduction in dependence on imported water;
- Improvements in water quality and salt balance;
- Management of flood waters through preservation and restoration of natural hydrology;
- Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from water management activities, and
- Cost effectiveness
Also included is a set-aside for projects benefiting Disadvantage Communities (DAC’s)
Project Selection Process
Projects will be competitively selected based on ability to meet the goals and objectives of OWOW, the Santa Ana River Watershed IRWM Plan. The next round of funding $16.7 million, is scheduled to be released in March 2013.
To assist agencies and organizations to know what type of projects and programs will be competitive, SAWPA, under the OWOW Plan 2.0 planning process, prepared a white paper describing 13 watershed-wide projects and programs that reflect the multi-agency, multi-beneficial systems approach. Click here on the brochure to learn more about the 13 watershed-wide projects and programs.