The Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority (SAWPA) will be moving forward with development of a Climate Adaptation and Resilience Plan for the Santa Ana River Watershed, thanks to grant funding from the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research’s Integrated Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Program (ICARP).
The $644,190 grant will be used to create a plan for addressing climate risks such as drought, wildfire, increasing temperatures, sea level rise, and flooding in the Santa Ana River Watershed by identifying vulnerabilities and developing adaptation projects. The new Plan will augment SAWPA’s existing One Water One Watershed (OWOW) Program.
“This funding will allow us to develop innovative strategies to address climate change risks and identify projects that build resilience in the Santa Ana River Watershed. We are committed to working together to protect our communities, environment, and water resources,” said Rachel Gray, Water Resources and Planning Manager of SAWPA.
The grant funding was part of $21.7 million awarded statewide as part of ICARP’s Regional Resilience Planning and Implementation Grant Program.