Disadvantaged Communities

The Regional Water Management Foundation oversees a $4.3 million grant for disadvantaged communities on the Central Coast.

In February 2018, the California Department of Water Resources’ (DWR) Disadvantaged Community Involvement Program awarded $4.3 million in Proposition 1 grant funds to the Regional Water Management Foundation (RWMF) for the Central Coast funding area. Funds will support an assessment of water-related needs in six Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM)  regions, including Santa Cruz, Pajaro River Watershed, Greater Monterey, Monterey Peninsula, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Barbara. DWR’s mapping tool is an interactive map application that shows the location of disadvantaged communities based upon US Census data. 

Grant funded activities include: Needs Assessments, Educational Activities, Community Outreach, IRWM Engagement Efforts, Technical Assistance, Site Assessments, Project Development and Construction Activities. These activities will provide a range of benefits including:

  • A better understanding of the range of water and wastewater needs and challenges faced by these communities;
  • An opportunity to identify and assess new needs;
  • Opportunities for local and regional capacity building;
  • Increase disadvantaged and underrepresented communities involvement in IRWM;
  • Ensure IRWM tools are in place for these communities. 
A final report, to be submitted to the DWR in 2021, will inform regional and statewide planning and project implementation efforts to better address the water-related needs of disadvantaged communities.