DWR Releases Proposal Solicitation Package for Proposition 1 Implementation Grants

The Department of Water Resources released the final Guidelines and Proposal Solicitation Package (PSP) for the Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) Implementation Grant Program. The IRWM Implementation Grant Program provides funding for projects that help meet the long-term water needs of the State and incorporate integrated regional strategies. The program is funded by Proposition 1, the $7.5 billion water bond approved by California voters in 2014. Benefits include regional self-reliance, the protection and restoration of key ecosystems, increased flood protection, and the expansion of California’s water storage capacity. Approximately $222.3 million in grant funding is available for implementation projects…(more)

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Congratulations!

Darren Suen has been selected for the Board’s new Policy Advisor position. He performed this function in Acting capacity for the last year, working to raise awareness about the Board’s role in flood management and to advance flood policies that support public safety and provide benefits to the environment and agriculture communities. Prior, Darren was the Department of Water Resources serving as Program Lead and Policy Advisor for the Assistant Division Chief of the Flood Management Division and the Deputy Director in Flood Operations Center during flood emergencies. Darren has a long career in program management and flood control, working in private, State, and federal agencies. Currently, he also serves as a member of the Elk Grove City Council. Congratulations to Darren!

Michael Wright has been selected to fill the Chief Engineer position beginning April 2, 2019. Michael has been with the Board since 2011. During his tenure, Michael has held multiple supervisory positions, including Enforcement Section Chief, Acting Operations Branch Chief, and Plan Implementation and Compliance Branch Chief. For the past eight months, he has been filling the Chief Engineer role. Congratulations, Michael Wright.