Technical Assistance


Of the $6.3 million awarded to the DCI grant program, $2.9 million have been set aside for the provision of Technical Assistance. The purpose of these monies is to support the development of projects and programs that address the needs of disadvantaged and underrepresented communities.

In 2019, the SAWPA Commission approved $2.9 million in technical assistance funding for sixteen projects throughout the watershed. These projects address the opportunities and challenges outlined in the Community Water Ethnography Report and SAWPA’s OWOW Plan Update 2018.

Approved Technical Assistance Projects


The following is a brief description of each of the Technical Assistance projects:


SAWPA DACI Program Technical Assistance Funding - Projects Ranking and Technical Assistance Funding Recommendations

Rank

Project Sponsor:

Project Title:

TA Award

TA Criteria

Early Action Approved Projects - DCI Program Technical Assistance Funding

1

SAWPA

Assessing the Water Quality, Riparian, and Aquatic Habitat Impacts of Homelessness in the Upper Santa Ana River Watershed

$75,000

Program Support

Project to assess the current nature and extent of homeless encampments within waterbodies in the upper Santa Ana River watershed; and provide the best available information about the relationships between the presence of homeless encampments and impacts to water quality and riparian and aquatic habitats. The findings from this project can support regional watershed planning activities in the Santa Ana River region.


2

Big Bear Area Regional Wastewater Agency

Replenish Big Bear

$500,000

Engineering Services

Project consists of the development of technical analyses (e.g., studies, technical memorandums, response letters) to support the planning, design, and construction of advanced treatment facility upgrades at the BBARWA wastewater treatment plant, more than 7 miles of pipeline for product water and brine, three pump stations, a groundwater recharge facility, and monitoring wells.

3

Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians

Residential Asbestos Cement Pipe Abandonment and Replacement Project

$350,000

Engineering Services

Project consists of engineering services to support the replacement of approximately 15,000 linear feet of asbestos lined concrete pipelines feeding domestic water and connect laterals that has reached and possibly exceeded its life cycle. Replacement of this pipeline will mitigate future water degradation and reduce potential health risks to the Tribal community.

Project Recommendations - DCI Program Technical Assistance Funding

4

Box Springs MWC

Project Planning in Support of Rehabilitation, Removal or Replacement of Water Storage Reservoirs with SCADA

$175,000

Engineering Services

Project consists of engineering services in support of the rehabilitation or removal of aging storage reservoirs with replacement water storage reservoirs including SCADA to ensure water quality, system capacity, efficiency and reliability of local groundwater resources.

5

City of Colton

Project Planning in Support of Installing Two New Potable Wells with Generators

$200,000

Engineering Services

Project consists of engineering services in support of the installation of two new potable wells and generators to ensure water quality and expand system capacity for reliability, redundancy, and fire protection.

6

Devore WC

Project Planning in Support of Installing a New Reservoir, Distribution System Upgrades and New Well

$100,000

Engineering Services

Project consists of engineering services in support of the installation of a new well, water storage reservoir and upgrades to the water distribution system to expand system capacity and reliability of the system, as well as support local fire protection.

7

Idyllwild WD

Project Planning in Support of Installing Water Treatment Plant Upgrades with SCADA

$150,000

Engineering Services

Project consists of the preparation of engineering services in support of upgrades to the water distribution system including SCADA to ensure water quality, efficiency and reliability of the local groundwater source.

8

Marygold MWC

Project Planning in Support of Installing a New Well and Generator

$100,000

Engineering Services

Project consists of the preparation of engineering services in support of the installation of a new potable well and generator to ensure system capacity, water quality, efficiency and reliability of the local groundwater source.

9

Riverside Highland WC

Project Planning in Support of Installing an Ion Exchange System

$25,000

Engineering Services

Project consists of the preparation of engineering services in support of the installation of a ion exchange system to ensure water quality, and reliability of the local groundwater source.

10

Terrace MWC

Project Planning in Support of Installing a New Well

$250,000

Engineering Services

Project consists of the preparation of engineering services in support of the installation of a new groundwater well to ensure water quality, expand capacity and reliability of the local groundwater source.

11

Eastern Municipal WD

Quail Valley Sub-Area 4 Septic to Sewer, Phase 1 Planning Analysis

$200,000

Engineering Services

Project addresses critical project planning activities to support the installation of a sewer system within Sub-Area 4 of the severely disadvantaged community of Quail Valley. The conversion of septic to sewer will mitigate future reduce potential health risks and safety concerns for the Quail Valley community.

12

CSU WRPI (City of Rialto)

Bohnert/Banyon Septic to Sewer Project

$250,000

Engineering Services

Project addresses project planning activities to support the removal or abandonment of septic systems in an unincorporated area of San Bernardino County to be annexed by the City of Rialto and connect the homes to the regional sewer collection system. The conversion of septic to sewer will mitigate future reduce potential health risks and safety concerns for the local community.

13

Orange County WD

Watershed Education and Field Trip Program for Disadvantaged Community Elementary School Students

$100,000

Cirriculum Development

Watershed Education Program will promote involvement in water management for elementary school students in DACs in north Orange County through the development of a watershed education and field trip program.

14

City of Fullerton

Fullerton's Water Future - Ensuring Delivery of Clean, Safe Drinking Water

$100,000

Engineering Services

Project entails engineering design assistance required to ensure the City of Fullerton continues to distribute high quality, affordable drinking water.

15

Huerta del Valle

Reconnecting and Enhancing Water Resources for greater community and environmental benefit.

$50,000

Engineering Services

Project will investigate the feasibility of installing a groundwater well to serve community gardens to be developed on the historic Jensen Alvarado Ranch, as well as, the costs to refurbish the Jurupa Ditch and reconnect it with the Santa Ana River.

16

City of Santa Ana

Washington Avenue Well Project

$100,000

Engineering Services

Project consists of critical project planning activities to support the Washington Avenue Well Project to ensure system capacity, water quality, efficiency and reliability.