The Delta Water Quality Program is a program created under the Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coastal Protection Bond Act of 2006 (Proposition 84). The Act was codified in Section 1, Division 43 of the Public Resource Code (PRC). Section 75029 of the code is administered by the Department of Water Resources (DWR) and authorizes the use of funds by local public agencies to implement Delta water quality improvement projects that reduce or eliminate discharges of salt and pollutants, including projects that relocate drinking water intakes within the Delta. Projects selected for bond funding are to be consistent with the goals outlined in DWR’s 2005 Strategic Business Plan available on the Department of Water Resources website.
Grant guidelines and proposal solicitation packages (PSPs) will be developed and vetted through a transparent public process. Draft guidelines were first released for public review in Spring 2008 and again in Summer 2008. The draft guidelines were re-released for public review in Spring 2010 along with the draft of the first grant proposal solicitation package. The final guidelines and first proposal solicitation were released in Summer 2010. Multiple grant proposal packages and solicitations are expected to be issued over several years depending upon annual funding appropriations. All announcements related to the release of the final guidelines or PSPs will be listed on the Department of Water Resources website.
The guidelines outline the selection process for projects to be funded with bond proceeds. The Delta Water Quality Program will include both a competitive and application-only selection process. Because the Delta Region projects, PRC Section 75029(d), are uniquely identified in the legislation, these projects will be selected through an application- only process. All other projects will compete for funding using evaluation criteria as outlined in the guidelines. The projects will be ranked and the higher ranking proposals will be recommended for funding. The applicants will be required to account for all other funds related to the project prior to funding awards in a cost estimate/cost share breakdown. Projects selected for funding must submit a task breakdown with measurable outcomes. Construction proposals must submit contract documents with plans and specifications that describe completed projects. The contracts developed for selected projects would contain a detailed work plan, cost estimate, and schedule.
Compliance and Reporting
All construction contracts will be reviewed by the Division of Engineering to ensure compliance with State contracting procedures. All invoices, budget, and accounting for projects will be tracked through DWR’s Bond Management System (BMS). DWR intends that the BMS be the single and sole source of record for providing mandatory reports and complying with bond accountability requirements set forth in the Governor's Executive order (S-02-07). Projects that are identified for bond funding will then be reported to the public via this Bond Accountability Website. Additional information on this and other DWR grant programs will be available on the Department of Water Resources website.