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WSC starts 2018 off with a bang, helping clients secure nearly $11 million in grant funding

March 25th, 2018

WSC helped our clients secure nearly $11 million in grant funding in the first three months of 2018 through several State programs.  In March 2018, the City of Camarillo was awarded a $10 million construction grant though the Department of Water Resources Desalination Grant Program for its North Pleasant Valley Groundwater Desalter Project.  This is a huge win for the City and the local community.

The Project will pump and treat brackish groundwater using reverse osmosis treatment technology.  By treating the impaired groundwater, not only will City residents benefit from improved water supplies, but over time, the local farming community will benefit from improved groundwater quality in the basin. The North Pleasant Valley Groundwater Desalter Project will be a vital community asset to help secure future water resources for Camarillo.  The Project will transform the City’s water supply sources, transitioning their portfolio from majority imported water to majority local water sources.

Multiple agencies serving the Big Bear Valley community also received significant grant funding though the Department of Water Resources (DWR) Sustainable Groundwater Planning Grant Program.  WSC prepared a grant application on behalf of the newly created Bear Valley Basin Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA), which received a $177,000 grant to prepare the Bear Valley Basin Groundwater Sustainability Plan.  As a representative of a disadvantaged community, grant funding is critical to enable the GSA to comply with the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act and expand upon the sustainable basin management practices that the local agencies have been implementing for many years.  DWR granted the request for a waiver of the local funding match requirement so the grant will cover 100 percent of the project cost.

We want to celebrate the success of the City of Big Bear Lake Department of Water and Power, which prepared an application and also received a $782,298 grant from DWR to fund 100 percent of the Basin Resiliency Sawmill Well Pumping Plant Project.  This project will help support efforts to optimize management of hydrologic subunits within the groundwater basin to maintain healthy water levels even during dry periods, contributing to the resiliency of the Bear Valley Groundwater Basin.