SACRAMENTO — The state has made $82 million in grant money available for watershed restoration to curb polluted runoff and protect coastal waters, according to the governor's office.
The money is available through the state Water Resources Control Board from a $1.97 billion bond issue approved by voters in March 2000. The bond issue was titled the Safe Drinking Water, Clean Water, Watershed Protection and Flood Protection Act of 2000, Proposition 13.
Overall, the state board is responsible for allocating $763.9 million to various entities during the next three years. The state board is expected to allocate a large portion of the funding to small and low-income communities.
"Without this infusion of money, many smaller groups and communities cannot effectively tackle these important local environmental problems," said state board Chairman Arthur G. Baggett Jr.