Quagga and Zebra Mussel Infestation Prevention Fee Grant Program
2014/15 Quagga Grant Funding Summary
The Legislature enacted Harbors and Navigation Code, Division 3, Chapter 5, Article 1.3 Sections 675 and 676, which became effective January 1, 2013. The statute requires, “the Department of Parks and Recreation, Division of Boating and Waterways, (DBW) to adopt emergency regulations to prescribe procedures for the collection and use of the quagga and zebra mussel infestation prevention fee”. The statute also requires, “[t]he emergency regulations shall include rules for administering the grants awarded pursuant to Harbors and Navigation Code, Section 676”. These funds were deposited into the Harbors and Watercraft Revolving Fund and will be distributed, upon approval of the project application, as a grant to any person, or federal, state, or local agency, district or authority that owns or manages a reservoir who implements a prevention plan according to statute.2014/15 QZ MUSSEL PREVENTION GRANT APPLICATION INFORMATION contains materials and information for the preparation and submission of an application.
The Proposed Text for the Permanent Rulemaking (Proposed Text) shall also include rules as to the implementation and administering of the fees through dreissenid mussel monitoring, inspection, and infestation prevention programs implemented by manager/owners of a reservoir pursuant to the Harbors and Navigation Code.
Funding is available through the grant program to eligible managers and owners of a “reservoir” that is open to the public and NOT infested with dreissenid mussel. Pursuant to Water Code, Section 6005.4, a “reservoir” is defined as “any reservoir which contains or will contain the water impounded by a dam”. Pursuant to Water Code Section 6002. "Dam" means any artificial barrier, together with appurtenant works, which does or may impound or divert water, and which either (a) is or will be 25 feet or more in height from the natural bed of the stream or watercourse at the downstream toe of the barrier, as determined by the department, or from the lowest elevation of the outside limit of the barrier, as determined by the department, if it is not across a stream channel or watercourse, to the maximum possible water storage elevation or (b) has or will have an impounding capacity of 50 acre-feet or more.
The mission of DBW is to provide safe and convenient public access to California’s waterways and leadership in promoting the public’s right to safe, enjoyable and environmentally sound, recreational boating.
As part of its mission, DBW manages the QZ Mussel Prevention Grant Program, which will provide funding to programs and aide in the infestation prevention of the dreissenid mussel in California reservoirs.
The potential savings to the State due to prevention and education efforts provided through the grant program could avert significant damage to the water delivery system. that provides drinking water to millions of Californians, or damage to the irrigation network that supports a $30 billion per year agricultural industry, and could produce extraordinary economic and social consequences.
Priority is given to dreissenid mussel infestation Prevention Plans that are consistent with Fish and Game Code, Section 2302, which also takes into consideration the benefits of a regional-scale dreissenid mussel infestation Prevention Plan such as:
- Assessing the vulnerability of the reservoir for the introduction of non-native dreissenid mussel species by, but not limited to:
1) Monitoring the number of visitors
2) Inquire as to the origin of visitors (relative to dreissenid infested waters)
3) Monitor outside equipment that is allowed (rentals)
4) Survey the duration of use (day-use, slipped/moored)
5) Monitor access (managed or unmanaged)
6) Prevention efforts being implemented
7) Education efforts being implemented
- Develop and implement a program designed to prevent the introduction of non-native dreissenid mussel species by including, at a minimum, all of the following:
1) Public Education consists of handouts, flyers, signage, postings and verbal communication and education.
2) Monitoring consist of applying substrate and plankton tows equipment for monitoring the adult and/or larval mussels.
3) Management of those recreational, boating or fishing activities that are permitted which shall include, but not limited to; inspections, decontamination stations and/or information where to decontaminate a vessel, exit inspections and banding of vessels to trailers.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The following questions are typical of those the division receives concerning the QZ Mussel Prevention Grant Program and should provide valuable information for grant applicants.
How does a reservoir manager/owner apply for a QZ grant?See QZ Mussel Prevention Grant Application webpage for the Guidelines and Application Materials.
Note: the contact person is the individual named and has signed the Resolution that will be representing your facility and will be the division’s direct contact who will address ALL questions and concerns on behalf of the grantee.
Reservoir managers/owners interested in applying for a QZ grant must submit a completed application packet electronically by 5:00pm on October 20, 2014 to:
E-mail: Robin Turgeon (Robin.Turgeon@parks.ca.gov)
Program Analyst, Quagga/Zebra Mussel,
Infestation Prevention Grant Program
Call: (916) 327-1851
Who is eligible?Any person, including, but not limited to; cities, counties, districts, marinas, and other governmental agencies and authorities, including nonprofit organizations (501)[c]]3], and state recognized Indian Tribes that owns or manages a reservoir that is open to the public and is currently NOT infested with the Dreissenid Mussel is eligible to apply for the grant. Pursuant to Section 6004.5 of the Water Code, a “reservoir” is defined as “any reservoir which contains or will contain the water impounded by a dam”.
What does the grant reimburse?
Reimbursement for reasonable regulatory costs that are;
- Directly related with the implementation of a local or regional dreissenid mussel infestation prevention plan that meets the requirements of Fish and Game Code, Section 2302, and
- Directly connected with the investigation and inspection of a conveyance for the presence of dreissenid mussel prior to contact with a reservoir.
These costs may include engineering design, legal fees, preparation of environmental documentation, pre and post project monitoring, and project implementation.
Reimbursement of costs will be based on funding availability.
Can a reservoir manager/owner be reimbursed for any prevention measures that have already been implemented?Reimbursement of costs will be based on funding availability.
What are the grantee's responsibilities under this program?
The grantee’s responsibilities under the grant program are:
- Completing all tasks, and subtasks in the Scope of Work,
- Provide all deliverables (e.g., progress, draft and final reports) outline in the Scope of Work,
- Conforming to the budget provided in the Grant Agreement,
- Conforming to the schedule provided in the Grant Agreement,
- CEQA analysis and securing permits required for the project, and
- Securing invoices for all reimbursements.
How are grant applications evaluated?
Priority will be given to applicants whose program provides a dreissenid mussel infestation prevention plan that is consistent with Fish and Game Code, Section 2302 and that also includes visual and manual inspection standards and other infestation prevention procedures consistent with either the Department of Fish and Game’s Invasive Mussel Guidebook for Recreational Water Managers and Users, dated September 2010 or the Natural Resources Agency’s Aquatic Invasive Species Management Plan, dated January 2008, or a subsequently updated version of the Guidebook or Management Plan.For more criteria evaluation see Section C of the Guidelines (QZ Mussel Prevention Grant Application webpage).
What happens after a grant is awarded?
After an application is approved and a grant is awarded, follow-up visits are periodically scheduled between the agency and DBW representative. Such visits include a review of the prevention program, including measurable performance and goals, and determining whether a grantee is in compliance with State and Federal law.
The division shall maintain adequate control to ensure responsibility and accountability for the expenditure of the QZ Mussel Prevention Grant Program funds. In doing so, the DBW representative shall review records. Such records shall include, but not be limited to, all receipts and invoices for expenditures made using grant funds.
How do I receive reimbursement for the awarded funds?No funding is awarded upon approval of the agreement; all funds are distributed through reimbursement only. Reimbursement requests must be submitted with proof of payment such as receipts, invoices, and payroll records. More information on the reimbursement will be available after the grant has been awarded.
What is the appeal process if a grant application is denied?
Submit a letter using the following information only to appeal the denial of an application. Describe the reason and the justification for the appeal. Site any regulations, statute or division publications that supports the appeal.
Contact the Acting Deputy Director of the Division of Boating & Waterways at:
E-mail: Jared Zucker, Administrative Liaison to the Acting Deputy Director
Call: (888) 326-2822
Write: Colonel Christopher C. Conlin, USMC (Ret). Acting Deputy Director
1 Capitol Mall, Suite 410
Sacramento, Ca 95814