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Conservancy awards $2.8M for Sierra projects

Sun Staff Reports

The Sierra Nevada Conservancy has awarded nearly $2.8 million in funding for 48 projects located throughout the Sierra Nevada region.

“We are very pleased to provide financial support for local and region-wide projects that will result in the protection and restoration of Sierra watersheds and natural resources,” said Secretary for Resources and SNC Board Chair Mike Chrisman.

The funding for the grants comes from Proposition 84, the Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coast Protection Bond Act passed by California voters in November 2006. Proposition 84 included $54 million for the conservancy to provide grants to eligible organizations for the protection and restoration of watersheds and associated land, water, and other natural resources.

This year’s state budget includes $17 million of the $54 million for the conservancy to distribute by June of 2008. It is anticipated that the additional funds will be appropriated to the Conservancy over the next two fiscal years. This year’s $17 million allocation constitutes the first major source of project funding for distribution by the SNC.

“We are thrilled with the response in terms of the number and quality of applications received,” reported Jim Branham, SNC executive officer.