The CVRWMG hosts and coordinates with various Disadvantaged Community (DAC) outreach programs. Outreach efforts aim to encourage DAC participation in water resource planning in the Coachella Valley region.
Urban and Multibenefit Drought Relief Funding
DWR has announced that a set aside of at least $50 million will be available to support Underrepresented Communities and Native American Tribes in the Urban and Multibenefit Drought Relief Funding. For this round of funding, up to approximately $5 million will be available to the Colorado River Funding Area. Allocation of these funds among the Coachella Valley, Mojave, San Gorgonio, and Imperial Regions and those not within the Coachella Valley, Mojave, San Gorgonio, and Imperial IRWM boundaries is still under consideration.
The Coachella Valley IRWM Program is soliciting drought relief projects that benefit Underrepresented Communities or Native American Tribes. DWR collectively refers to disadvantaged communities, severely disadvantaged communities, economically distressed areas, Tribes, environmentally disadvantaged communities, and fringe communities as Underrepresented Communities. The Call for Projects is open from November 5 to November 19.
The Coachella Valley IRWM Program is using a streamlined process for project selection. This grant cycle will have an accelerated timeline and the Call for Projects is short due to DWR’s expedited timeline. Application materials can be viewed by clicking the links below:
- 2021 Urban and Multibenefit Drought Relief Guidelines and Proposal Solicitation Package
- Project Guide for Urban and Multibenefit Drought Relief Program
- Urban and Multibenefit Drought Relief Funding Project Concept Form
- Anticipated Grant Schedule of Events
- URC Definition Handout
DAC Infrastructure Task Force
The mission of the CVWD Disadvantaged Communities Infrastructure (DACI) Task Force is to secure access to safe affordable drinking water, wastewater and flood control services in historically disadvantaged Coachella Valley regions through strategic planning, funding procurement, needs assessment, and reporting – all in collaboration with community members and stakeholders.
One of many short-term goals include coordinating activities such as securing funding for DAC infrastructure projects and needs, coordinating the implementation of DAC infrastructure projects; providing training and education to DAC stakeholders; and coordinating with parallel related strategic planning and development efforts, such as the Coachella Valley IRWM Program.
Visit the DACI Task Force Website to learn more.
DAC Outreach Demonstration Program
The CVRWMG completed a DAC Outreach Demonstration Program for the Coachella Valley IRWM Region. This program was developed concurrently with the 2014 IRWM Plan and incorporated as Volume II of the plan.
The DAC Program methods included expanded outreach efforts, the development and use of mapping data to characterize smaller DAC areas and flood control needs within DAC areas, a needs assessment for DACs in the Region, identification of existing or proposed projects intended to benefit DACs, development of engineering and project management plans for priority DAC projects, and work items to ensure that information and outcomes from the DAC Program are included within the Coachella Valley IRWM Plan Update. The information and outcomes of the DAC Outreach Program have been incorporated into the IRWM Plan as Volume II. The Coachella Valley DAC Outreach Program, along with four others, are used as examples to inform DWR’s statewide DAC program.