Small Grant Program

Updated 06/27/2024

The Westside Regional Water Management Coordinating Committee has developed a small grant program to help accomplish the vision of the Westside IRWMP. The small grant program disperses funds as available to projects or programs that meet the goals and objectives of the IRWMP. No more than 25% of unobligated Westside IRWMP funds will be expended per fiscal year towards this program. There is no match requirement; however, points are awarded to projects or programs that demonstrate a local match.

Family Picnic and Canoe Tour at Lake Solano

In 2023-24, the Putah Creek Club and Winters Middle School were awarded $1,200 to hold a club family picnic and canoe tour of Lake Solano on February, 2024. This special day helped students and their families foster a positive relationship with the creek and our natural world.

Students, families, and mentors enjoyed a burrito lunch, snacks, drinks, nature walks, crafts, raffle prizes and guided canoe tours. It was a sunny, 70-degree day at the lake and the group saw egrets, herons, kingfishers, and turtles.


Flowmeter Installation for Groundwater Conservation

In 2023-24, the Yolo County Flood Control and Water Conservation District was awarded $5,000 to provide flowmeter devices for groundwater wells on socially disadvantaged farms to allow growers to monitor water use and more effectively respond to irrigation issues and changes in groundwater conditions. One flowmeter device has been installed on one Yolo County farm and the program seeks another willing participant. To learn more about the project, view this slide show.

50 Valley Oaks for Winters Putah Creek Nature Park

In 2023-24, the City of Winters was awarded $5,000 to plant 50 Valley Oaks and companion Santa Barbara sedges on the south side of the North Bank Trail at the Winters Putah Creek Nature Park. The planting was accomplished as an Eagle Scout project in mid-January, 2024. All 50 trees with a companion sedge were planted and mulched to conserve soil moisture. The sedges spread through rhizomes – underground stems – and will colonize the shade of the young oaks and suppress weeds. At maturity, the oaks will provide near total shade over this heavily used public trail.


Clear Lake Integrated Science Symposium

In 2023-24, the Lake County Watershed Protection District was awarded $5,000 towards the cost of hosting a Clear Lake Integrated Science Symposium that builds on collaborative efforts between Tribes, State Water Board, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Lake County Water Resources Department, UC researchers, and others to address declining populations of the Clear Lake Hitch. The Symposium will be held August 15 – 16, 2024, and will also address Clear Lake water quality, aquatic ecosystems, and biodiversity.

Quagga Mussel Prevention Boat Display

In 2015-16, the Lake County Watershed Protection District was awarded $24,500 to create an educational display boat. The District sent a decommissioned boat to be moored in Lake Mead to purposefully become colonized by quagga mussels. The boat was then retrieved, flipped over onto a trailer jack, cleaned, dried, and sealed in layers of epoxy to preserve the encrustation of quagga mussels to serve as a visual aid to educate the public of the potential perils of invasive mussels. An enclosed trailer was purchased to transport and house the new ‘mussel boat’ along with a canopy and display materials. California currently has 33 infested water bodies and is among the top four states in the U.S for number of boat registrations. To date, this educational prop has caught the attention of thousands of people. The mussel boat is permitted by CDFW for named Westside IRWM partners (Lake County and Solano County) to share and continue to showcase at various events such as County fairs, fishing tournaments, festivals, and sportsman shows.



Implementation of the Cache Creek Resources Management Plan

In 2015-16, the Cache Creek Conservancy (Conservancy) was awarded $9,500 to conduct a GPS field survey of the non-native invasive species growing along Cache Creek and habitat restoration opportunities that exist within the Cache Creek Resources Management Plan (CCRMP) boundary. A summary report was developed along with maps that display GPS data collected. The CCRMP is approximately 14 miles long, extending from the west at Capay Dam to Huff’s Corner near I-5 to the east. This information supports the new management plan to target site-specific restoration activities and opportunities in the CCRMP. The new plan also helps to determine site-specific maintenance techniques to ensure the sustainability of any restoration work. The restoration aims to eliminate invasive plant species infestations, restore native plant communities, increase wildlife habitat, improve flood conveyance, increase groundwater recharge, and maintain the creek’s ability to offer recreational opportunities. This project supports IRWM Plan Goal 3:Restore native vegetation and form and function along riparian corridors, canals, and other aquatic sites, Goal 4: Improve the form and function of degraded natural channels, and Goals 6-9.

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