Climate change is increasing California’s already variable hydrology. Our dry periods are becoming drier, and our wet periods wetter. Along with longer, more punishing droughts, we are experiencing wet seasons punctuated with intense winter storms that exceed the capacity of current storm water management infrastructure.
To tackle the devastating and increasing problem of urban flooding, we must embrace progressive, sustainable solutions. We must convert our historically centralized, rigid, and static infrastructure to a system that is decentralized, flexible, and nimble to better manage an unpredictable water supply.
With this funding, we are looking for innovative solutions with multi-benefit approaches to develop sustainable infrastructure that can adapt to changing weather patterns season after season.
The California Natural Resources Agency will be accepting proposals for the Urban Flood Protection Grant Program from January 27, 2020 through March 25, 2020 via the System for Online Application Review (SOAR). SOAR can be accessed here: https://soar.resources.ca.gov/SoarLogin.aspx.
$87.5 million in awards will be funded by this program in an anticipated two funding cycles. Applicants submitting the most competitive proposals will be invited to participate in the next level of the competitive process, estimated to begin mid-June 2020. Projects must be completed by March 2024 (based on current appropriation information).
In light of recent developments related to COVID-19, the California Natural Resources Agency, Bonds and Grants Unit has extended the Urban Flood Protection Program deadline to April 8, 2020.