NR 2003-28
October 3, 2003

Contact: Ed Wilson
Mark Oldfield
Don Drysdale
(916) 323-1886


SACRAMENTO – A state grant program aimed at improving local watersheds will conduct workshops around the state in October to discuss the application process.

The workshops will be held in Merced, La Habra, Anderson, Oakland and Rancho Cordova (details below).

The California Department of Conservation has partnered with the California Bay Delta Authority (CALFED) to offer grants primarily in watersheds that contribute or receive water from the Bay-Delta System. The grant program is intended to fund watershed coordinators for a three-year period. Funding will be provided through Proposition 50 beginning in Spring 2004.

The Request for Proposals (RFP), the formal applications for grant money, has been released. Proposals are due November 17. Questions about the RFP must be received by 5 p.m. October 24. The RFP is available on the Web at the following address: Questions asked at these workshops will be compiled, answered and posted to the Web site.

This is an expansion of a $2 million pilot program that in 2000 funded watershed coordinators for Resource Conservation Districts. The program is open to qualified locally based non-profit organizations, special districts, and local governments. Proposals must demonstrate a direct benefit to the watershed and support the goals and objectives of the CALFED Watershed Program and at least one other CALFED program.

Please contact Andrew Rush at (916) 323-4163 or email DOC staff at: for more information.

The scheduled workshops (all will run from 1-5 p.m.):

October 6 – USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, 2135 Wardrobe Ave., Merced.

October 15 – La Habra Library, 2213 East La Habra Boulevard, La Habra.

October 17 – Western Shasta Resource Conservation District, 6270 Parallel Road, Anderson.

October 20 – Elihu Harris Building. 1515 Clay St., room 11, Oakland.

October 21 – Rancho Cordova Community Library, 9845 Folsom Boulevard, Rancho Cordova.