Water department awards 21 counties groundwater grants

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SACRAMENTO — The Department of Water Resources is awarding 21 counties $6.7 million in grants to help with sustainable groundwater planning. The Proposition 1 Sustainable Groundwater Planning Grant Program provides funding for county projects to develop groundwater plans that comply with the 2014 Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. The awards were made to counties with high and medium priority groundwater basins, some of which are in critical over-draft.

The DWR received 23 grant requests totaling about $7 million. Including matching funds from the award recipients, approximately $13 million will be devoted to helping promote sustainable groundwater use.

San Joaquin County will receive $249,950 to help with the $499,900 San Joaquin County Sustainable Groundwater Management Act Readiness Project. Stanislaus Country received $250,000 to put toward the $585,000 Programmatic Environmental Impact Report for Implementation of the Stanislaus County Groundwater Ordinance.

Merced County will receive $499,942 to pay for the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act Readiness Project. Fresno, Kern Kings, Madera and Tulare counties were each awarded the top amounts at $500,000 for various projects.

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