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Regional grant could pay off for Woodland-Davis surface water project

By From page A3 | April 02, 2013

The Woodland-Davis Clean Water Agency could receive a $2 million boost in funding if the regional water association that filed a grant application on its behalf last week is awarded the request.

In all, the Westside Regional Water Management Group — and within it, the Water Resources Association of Yolo County of which the cities of Davis and Woodland are a part — has applied for about $9.5 million in funding from the state Department of Water Resources to pay for proposed water projects in the region.

The Westside Regional group is an association composed of five county-based water agencies, including the Water Resources Association of Yolo County, and was created to coordinate regional water planning.

If the grant is awarded, the $2 million allocated to the Woodland-Davis surface water project would be used to help pay for the joint intake facility that will pump the water from the river. After the grant funding, Woodland and Davis would still be on the hook for about $7.2 million combined for the intake.

The $245 million project, approved by Davis voters on March 5, will draw water from the Sacramento River, treat it and pipe it to Davis and Woodland to replace each city’s ground well water supplies. Davis’ share of the project sits at about $113 million.

The Woodland-Davis water agency also has partnered with Reclamation District 2035, which plans to pay for its 80 percent share of the $42 million for the intake facility through state and federal grant funding.

Donna Gentile, the administrative coordinator for the Yolo County water association, expects that the state will announce the award by late summer. The funding would come through the state’s Proposition 84 round 2 implementation grant fund, which was created to assist public water systems.

So far, two other agencies have filed applications to compete for the $10.6 million allocated to the Sacramento River funding area.

“The WRA participates in regional partnerships that are essential to maintain eligibility for limited state grant funding programs to help fulfill local water needs,” Bill Marble, a Woodland City Council member and WRA chair, said in a statement.

“This is a very significant opportunity to ensure our regional water plans and activities are collaborative, cost-effective and serving the best interests of the entire watershed.”

The other water projects listed in the Westside Regional grant application include an abandoned well incentive program, a water tank replacement project and the Lower Putah Creek Main Channel Restoration project, among others.

The majority of the projects would be in line to receive between about $1 million to $2 million in funding.

— Reach Tom Sakash at [email protected] or 530-747-8057. Follow him on Twitter at @TomSakash

Tom Sakash

Tom Sakash covers the city beat for The Davis Enterprise. Reach him at [email protected], (530) 747-8057 or @TomSakash.
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