Nearly $4 million worth of grants awarded to SLO County water projects

May 24, 2023


The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) last week awarded five local agencies a combined total of $3.8 million for water projects in San Luis Obispo County. 

DWR awarded $1.2 million to the city of Morro Bay for its Water Reclamation Facility. The funds will go toward the facility’s indirect potable reuse component.

The city of Pismo Beach will receive $1 million for phase 1 of Central Coast Blue, a recycled water project for Pismo Beach, Grover Beach and Arroyo Grande. Elsewhere in South County, the Oceano Community Services District will receive $600,000 for Water Resource Reliability Program projects.

Additionally, DWR awarded $300,000 to the San Miguel Community Services District for water main replacement, part of the CSD’s Water Reliability Project. Lastly, the San Luis Obispo County Flood Control District will receive $549,755 for its Master Water Report Update and another $132,374 for grant administration. 

The five grants come from the DWR’s Integrated Regional Water Management Program. Through the program, the local region has received a combined total of more than $32 million for 43 different water-related projects and plans benefiting 16 unique communities and the entire county. 

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I just don’t get it? The county spends millions trying to thieve water rights from the taxpayers and these few millions in costly groveling money makes the news? In my opinion, there would be a better relationship with cooperation than setting the example of doing business with other people’s money.

If only they would put that money towards more dam’s and water storage we would not face these issues.. No, we’d rather let it all run into the ocean to save a few frogs and fish. We’re full blown idiots.

That’s just a canned nonsense cliche you’ve heard repeated a thousand times and you’re just repeating it again. There’s a whole TON of reasons we don’t build more dams and water storage including that runoff helps recharge aquifers. And when you are this close to the ocean, if you don’t recharge them then you have saltwater intrusion. There are lots of people on wells in the area too that depend on that runoff. Sometimes, yes, we do let some run off to same some fish and because people who live here generally appreciate the higher quality of living that comes with having nice creeks.

But clearly it just makes you feel better to reduce to an issue between some kind of perceived conservative pragmatism and leftist econazism, instead of actually trying to gain any deeper understanding.

Salt water intrusion is not a problem, if you build new dams, or raise existing ones, far from the ocean, and allow that water to recharge wells, or supply water directly.

Recall, Nacimiento was ONLY built for flood control, and to supply ag water to the Salinas valley, and to hold back salt water intrusion into the delta. The same with Lake San Antonio.

Just one year ago, California had a budget surplus projected at $97 billion.

Yet we have a $31 billion dollar deficit. Yes that is a billion with a ‘B’. Get ready for a tax increase people and you all keep voting them in!