Proposition 204 Drainage Reuse Grant Program

The Drainage Reuse Grant Program provides funds to local public agencies, including public universities, in the state of California for research and/or programs that resolve agricultural subsurface drainage water issues. The program encourages development of methods of using subsurface drainage, reducing its toxic elements, and concentrating, separating and utilizing its salts. Examples of research and technical study projects that could be funded by this grant program include, but are not limited to, those that:

 

  • Develop methods to reuse drainage water,
  • Optimize irrigation methods for source reduction,
  • Investigate or develop salt tolerant plant species,
  • Analyze market opportunities for harvested salts, and
  • Develop drainage treatment and salt separation technologies.

 

Funding for this program comes from Proposition 204 through the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). With the approval of Proposition 204 by California voters in 1996, any unallocated funds remaining in the Agricultural Drainage Water Account of the 1986 Water Conservation and Water Quality Bond Law (Proposition 44) were transferred to a drainage management sub-account and were to be continuously appropriated, without regard to fiscal years, to CDFA. In September 1997, representatives of the CDFA, DWR, and the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to transfer the funds from the drainage management sub-account, as well as the responsibility for implementing the programs required by the legislation, to DWR.

 

Previous rounds of grant funding of the Drainage Reuse Grant Program have resulted in the completion of more than 40 research and technical study projects. With the Proposition 204 funds (through a reimbursement agreement with California Department of Food and Agriculture), the Drainage Reuse Grant Program has facilitated completion of projects within the following categories:

 

  • Drainage Reuse
  • Drainage Treatment
  • Salt Separation & Utilization
  • Source Reduction

Final funding recommendations for the 2014 solicitation of the Drainage Reuse Grant Program are listed below:

 

Agency

Proposal Title

Funded Amount

The Regents of University of CA, UC Merced

An Efficient Solar Thermal-Powered Evaporation System for Salt Harvesting

$191,936

Panoche Drainage District

Development of Reticle Electrostatic Deionization (ESD) Process for Producing Salinity Agricultural Waters in the San Joaquin Valley

$298,240

Panoche Drainage District

Development of a Tailored System for Treating Concentrated Brines from Desalination Processes (especially Reticle ESD)

$204,960

California State University, Fresno Foundation

Investigation of Halophyte Salsola soda as an Alternative Salt-Tolerant Crop for Phyto-Management of Salt-Affected Soils and Waters High in Boron and Selenium

$258,390

California State University, Fresno Foundation

Optimal Use of Vapor Compression Desalination in Conjunction with Ion Exchange for the Treatment of Agricultural Drainage Water

$298,641

The Regents of University of CA, UC Los Angeles

Self-Adaptive High Recovery Desalination of Agricultural Drainage Water with Concentrate Salt Harvesting

$300,000

California State University, Fresno Foundation

Sustainable Subsurface Drainage Management at the SJRIP Facility Using the CSUIID-II Model to Optimize Salt Leaching in ‘Jose’ Tall Wheatgrass and Alfalfa Fields

$299,528

Panoche Drainage District

Ultra-High Recovery Solar Thermal Desalination of Agricultural Drainage Water

$300,000

Total


$2,151,695

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Contact Information

Agricultural Drainage Program

AgDrainageGrants@water.ca.gov

559.230.3327