Draft Award Recommendations for the Drainage Reuse Grant Program Released for Public Comment


The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) released the Draft Award List for four projects under its 2020 Drainage Reuse Grant Program.

Approximately $1.1 million in grant funding is being made available for local public agencies and universities in the State of California to facilitate research projects and programs that resolve agricultural drainage issues by developing methods of reusing it; reducing its toxic elements; and concentrating, separating, and utilizing its salts.

This funding is made possible by the 1996 Proposition 204 Safe, Clean, Reliable Water Supply Act (Prop 204) under a reimbursement agreement with the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA).

The funding recommendations shown in the table below are subject to public review for 15 calendar days starting on July 22, 2020, and ending on August 6, 2020.

Project Name


Recommended Funding

A Continuous Process of Flexible Desalting and Salt Harvesting of Agricultural Drainage Water

University of California, Los Angels


Sustainable Desalination and Photochemical Treatment of Agricultural Drainage Water: High Recovery, Selenium Removal and Valuable Salts Harvesting

University of California, Riverside


Optimization of Ion Exchange Pretreatment for the Desalination of Agricultural Drainage Water

California State University, Fresno

$ 280,404

Using Drainage Water to Grow Alternative Salt and Boron Tolerant Crop-guayule-that produces natural latex and resin for the West side of the SJV in Central California

California State University, Fresno

$ 191,072

Total: $1,071,476

Following the review of public comments, DWR will publish the Final Award List and notify each recipient.

Public comments on the draft funding list can be submitted by one of the following methods:

1. Electronic Mail (Recommended)

Address transmitted comments should to AgDrainageGrants@water.ca.gov. Electronic files should be Microsoft Word compatible or PDF.

2. Hard Copy via Postal Service or Hand Delivery

California Department of Water Resources

Regional Assistance Division

South Central Region Office

3374 E. Shields Avenue

Fresno, CA 93726

Attention: Rajveer Kaur

DWR also sent notices of the Draft Award List via email to the interested parties that are on the contact list of the Drainage Reuse Grant Program.

For more information on document releases, new solicitations, and other grant-related announcements, subscribe to the Prop 204 mailing list and visit the Drainage Reuse Grant Program webpage.