With the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) currently executing agreements with approximately 24 agencies for a total grant amount of approximately $42 million, Round 2 is just around the corner and it is  time to start planning ahead. The SWRCB anticipates opening applications for Round 2 of the Proposition 84 Storm Water Implementation Grants in the summer of 2013. It is time to start thinking about potential projects which reduce and prevent storm water contamination of rivers, lakes and streams. Eligible project types include Low Impact Development (LID) and projects which comply with Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) requirements.

Based on the projects selected in Round 1, the SWRCB is looking for projects which reduce storm water pollution, implement LID, provide multiple benefits, are technically feasible, are ready to proceed and are coordinated with an Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) Plan. Bonus points are given to projects located in economically disadvantaged communities, or for projects which address environmental justice issues.

The application process has two parts: a conceptual proposal and a full proposal. Applications must be completed electronically on the SWRCB’s Financial Assistance Application Submittal Tool (FAAST). The application requires a response to the questions outlined in the Proposition 84 Storm Water Grant Program guideline along with a project description, schedule, budget, location map, photos and exhibits.

Grant amounts range from a minimum of $250,000 per project to a maximum of $3 million per project. Proposition 84 requires an agency to match 5% to 20% depending on the community’s size and median household income (MHI) in relation to the statewide MHI.

RRM Design Group assisted the City of Modesto in preparation of their Prop 84 Round 1 implementation grant application which resulted in the City obtaining a $3 million grant for the Area 2 Storm Water to Sewer Cross Connection Removal Project. The project is located in a severely disadvantaged area of Modesto which has no positive storm drainage system. Over the years, sanitary sewer cross connections have been made to reduce street flooding. The project will remove 20 failed rock wells, 3 cross connections, and route flows to a neighborhood park where a 6.8 acre foot underground retention basin will recharge the local aquifer. The project will include water quality filtration, permeable pavement, and restoration of the park’s multi-purpose field and baseball diamond. For information on this project contact RRM’s project manager Bill Strand.

More information on Proposition 84 Storm Water Grants can be found on the SWRCB website.