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State Funding Programs California's Water Bond Program

In March 2000 California voters approved Proposition 13, the Costa-Machado Water Act of 2000 (2000 Water Bond), authorizing the state to sell $1.97 billion in general obligation bonds to support safe drinking water, flood protection, and water reliability projects throughout the state. The budget authorizes $468 million specifically for watershed protection, dedicating $90 million of this amount to implementing watershed management plans (to reduce flooding, control erosion, improve water quality, improve aquatic and terrestrial species habitats, restore native vegetation and riparian zones, and restore beneficial uses of water) and $95 million of this to river parkway acquisition and riparian habitat restoration. The budget authorizes $30.5 million specifically to the State Revolving Fund Loan Subaccount for the purposes of providing loans pursuant to the Clean Water Act. In addition, the budget specifically authorizes $100 million for nonpoint source pollution control activities and $90 million for coastal nonpoint control activities over the next several years.

For the money specifically authorized for nonpoint source activities, grants of up to $5 million (per project) may be awarded to local public agencies or nonprofit organizations formed by landowners to prepare and implement local nonpoint source plans. Projects must use best management practices (BMPs) or management measures and must demonstrate a capability to sustain water quality benefits for a period of 20 years. Categories of nonpoint source pollution addressed by projects may include, but are not limited to, silviculture, agriculture, urban runoff, mining, hydromodification, grazing, on-site disposal systems, boatyards and marinas, and animal feeding operations. Projects to address nonpoint source pollution may include, but are not limited to, wildfire management, installation of vegetative systems to filter or retard pollutant loading, incentive programs or large-scale demonstration programs to reduce commercial reliance on polluting substances or to increase acceptance of alternative methods and materials, and engineered features to minimize impacts of nonpoint source pollution. Projects must have defined water quality or beneficial use goals.

For more information on California's Water Bond Program, see http://www.swrcb.ca.gov/prop13/bond.html.[BROKEN]  Exit EPA Disclaimer

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California's Loan Programs

The California State Board administers two funds that provide loans to help private parties control nonpoint sources of pollution: the State Revolving Fund (SRF) Loan Program and the more recent Agricultural Drain Management Program (ADMP) created by Proposition 204 in 1996. Most of the SRF dollars (up to $100 million) come from the federal government. The state matches the federal contribution on an 80 percent federal/20 percent state basis. In addition to the SRF, $27.5 million was made available to the ADMP with the passage of Proposition 204 in 1996. Of this amount, $5 million has been obligated for dairy waste management. Dollars from previous SRF loans that have been repaid are also available to make new loans.

Merced County is an example of the local beneficiaries of California's loan programs. The county has borrowed $10 million from the SRF Loan Program and $5 million from the ADMP to make loans to Merced County dairies through a county-administered mini-loan program. The loans may be used to reduce drainage runoff, which is high in nitrates and salinity and currently threatens the quality of the county's groundwater and surface waters. Most of the money is expected to be used to install structural improvements for animal waste source control. The county will also use a portion of the funds to provide a public education and outreach program to educate dairymen, as well as to establish criteria for evaluating problem dairies and to develop solutions to control animal waste. The dairy industry is growing in Merced County, and the county's goal is to ensure that dairies under its jurisdiction are properly operated so that they comply with county, state, and federal laws.

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