State DWR Announces First 6 SGMA Projects to be Funded

Today, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced the funding recommendation to fully award the available $26 million of Proposition 68 grant funding to 6 awardees. This money is from the Sustainable Groundwater Management (SGM) Grant Program Implementation Round 1 and goes toward projects that will help support Critically Overdrafted (COD) Basins.  The six projects awarded are as follows:

Organization Name Project Award
Fresno Irrigation District Kings Basin 2021 GSP Implementation Projects $4,866,600
Madera County Eastside Bypass Recharge for Subsidence and Flood Risk Reduction Phase 1 $4,197,600
Madera County East Madera Subbasin Recharge Project Phase 1 $4,197,600
Merced Irrigation District Southern Merced Subbasin Recharge Project $4,999,800
Mid-Kaweah GSA Kaweah Subbasin Groundwater Recharge and Sustainability Projects $3,776,400

Westlands Water District GSA

The Pasajero Groundwater Recharge Project $3,962,400

The SGM Grant Program received 15 applications totaling over $70 million in requested grant funds.  The six recommended award grants are comprised of 16 individual construction projects within COD basins that will construct seven new and expand three existing recharge basin covering over 130 acres.