At this time the City is implementing a $2.4M Proposition 84 Area of Special Biological Significance Grant, and has been awarded a $240,000 Urban Greening Grant.
The Monterey Peninsula, Carmel Bay, and South Monterey Bay Integrated Regional Water Management Plan (IRWMP) Update 2014 is a comprehensive guide for developing, prioritizing, and implementing coordinated water resource plans and projects. In order to be eligible for State IRWM grant funds under Propositions 50, 84, and 1E, the IRWM Plan must be adopted by project sponsors and member entities in the Regional Water Management Group, of which Pacific Grove is a stakeholder.
The State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) administers the 2008 ASBS Grant Program to assist local public agencies to comply with the discharge prohibition into ASBS contained in the California Ocean Plan.
The SWRCB awarded the City a Proposition 84 ASBS grant in the amount of $2,400,000 to complete the following:
- Installation of dry weather diversions on two storm drain outfalls at the ASBS, directing flows to the Monterey Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility
- Construction of urban runoff lift station adjacent to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, in conjunction with the City’s new sewer pump station project
- Stormwater system improvements in the Greenwood Park watershed, with city-funded sewer improvements
- Implementation of an outreach and incentive program in the project area to encourage residents and businesses to install building and landscaping retrofits to retain storm water on site
- Effectiveness monitoring to document improvements to water quality as a result of the above projects
This grant is scheduled to be completed by October 2016.
The Clean Beaches Initiative Grant Program was initiated in response to the poor water quality and significant exceedences of bacterial indicators revealed by Assembly Bill (AB) 411 (Stats. 1997, Ch. 765) monitoring at California’s beaches. In 2012, the Clean Beaches Initiative (CBI) grant program guidelines identified Lovers Point as a priority beach for funding.
The State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) awarded the City a Proposition 84 Clean Beaches Initiative (CBI) grant in the amount of $3,200,000. The purpose of this project is to restore and protect the water quality in the Lovers Point Beach watershed that drains to the Pacific Grove Area of Special Biological Significance by:
- Replacing approximately 6,700 linear feet of storm drains, 21 manholes, and 33 catch basins from the Lovers Point outfall to Pine Avenue to repair existing degraded infrastructure, to reduce bacterial contamination from cross connections with the sewer system, and to reduce sediment, trash and debris entering the storm drains
- Replacing approximately 2,100 linear feet of sanitary sewers to reduce bacterial contamination from degraded infrastructure within the Lovers Point drainage area
- Evaluating effectiveness and monitoring, with the primary goal of reducing coliform and other harmful bacteria at the beach.
This grant is scheduled to be completed by March 2017.
California voters passed the Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coastal Protection Bond Act of 2006 (Proposition 84) on November 7, 2006. Among its provisions, the bond authorized the Legislature to appropriate $70 million for urban greening projects and plans that reduce energy consumption, conserve water, improve air and water quality, and provide other community benefits.
The State of California Natural Resource Agency awarded the City an Urban Greening Grant in the amount of $240,000 to complete the following:
- Develop a GIS based watershed model to quantify storm water flows and rates and identify urban greening opportunities
- Develop conceptual Low Impact Development designs and priority areas for green infrastructure retro-fit (storm water treatment measures).
- Develop an inventory of existing trees on city-owned and other public property, including characteristics species, age and tree health.
- Develop a list of locally appropriate landscape features and native plant palette for both inland and coastal zones.
- Develop citywide landscaping guidelines & policies
- Update the existing Landscape Trees for Pacific Grove, a Guide to Selection, Planting and Care
This grant is scheduled to be completed by March 2016. More information.