California Proposition 1, Water Bond (2014)

Approved by California voters in 2014, Proposition 1 – Water Bond enacts the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014.  Proposition 1 encourages the involvement of the California Conservation Corps (CCC) and local conservation corps programs (LCC) certified by CCC on projects funded by Prop. 1.

Chapter 6 specifies $1.495 billion be allocated to Protect Rivers, Lakes, Streams, Coastal Waters, and Watersheds through competitive grants for multi-benefit ecosystem and watershed protection and restoration projects. For restoration and ecosystem protection projects under this chapter, the services of the California Conservation Corps or a local conservation corps certified by the California Conservation Corps shall be used whenever feasible. (Sec. 79734). Corps programs increase the public benefit of these projects by creating workforce development opportunities for young adults.

Local conservation corps programs operate as independent nonprofit organizations certified by the California Conservation Corps.

How can LCC crews assist on ecosystem restoration and improvement projects?

The LCC provides supervised crews of 10-15 young adults trained and equipped to work safely on a wide variety of environmental projects related to the priorities of Prop. 1. Some examples are listed below:

  • Fisheries restoration: modify barriers for fish passage, reduce upslope sediment sources, install sediment catch basin, waddles, silt and fish barrier removal, construct in-stream habitat structures for pool development and spawning gravel retention, install logs and root wads that serve as cover structures in pool and flat water habitats.
  • Building or repair of livestock exclusion fences
  • Fish stocking and hatchery work, fish surveys and tagging for study
  • Wetland restoration: Arundo and pampas removal, native vegetation, trail re-routing
  • Stream bank stabilization through bioengineering and installation of gabions and log/boulder structures
  • Erosion control: Silt fencing, jute netting, waddle installation
  • Monitoring: fish populations, stream flow, water quality
  • Native species reintroduction: seed gathering, plant propagation, planting, weed removal, establishment watering, broadcast planting of native grasses.
  • Non-native plant removal: hand removal, use of chainsaws, brush cutters, burning (at some locations), chipping, herbicide application.
  • Nursery work for native planting and restoration projects.
  • Tree planting and establishment watering
  • Scrub Oak restoration: collect oak acorns, install tree cages and tree shelters
  • Forest health: slash removal, fire hazard reduction, thin dead standing forest
  • Dune and desert restoration: install fencing for habitat protection and to restrict OHV use; transplant native vegetation to repair OHV damaged areas
  • Meadow restoration: re-vegetation and rehabilitation to restore natural state, trail re-routing
  • Grasslands: ammophilla (European grass), canary reed, eel grass, and other invasive removal

Examples of projects falling under other chapters of Prop. 1.

  • Water conservation: installation of indoor water conservation devices, outdoor plumbing modification, leak detection, turf removal and/or replacement, installation of drought-tolerant landscapes.
  • Outreach: assist with grassroots outreach about water conservation by staffing information tables or demonstration exhibits at fairs, community events, conferences, farmer’s markets and other venues.

What is the process for partnering with the LCC?

For Prop. 1 – Chapter 6 Projects: Consultation with the California Conservation Corps and local conservation corps by grant applicants is required to determine the feasibility of the involvement of a corps program in advance of the submission of grant proposals. The CCC and LCC programs developed a consultation process approved by the California Natural Resources Agency and incorporated into the guidelines of the state departments (California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Wildlife Conservation Board) and the various state-funded conservancies receiving Prop. 1 – Chapter 6 funding. Applicants for the various grant programs must consult with the LCC and CCC in advance of the submission of grant proposals. Allow up to 5 business days for the project review and consultation process.

For Prop. 1 – Non-Chapter 6 projects: Consultation with the CCC and local conservation corps is encouraged. For information about how to partner – email: inquiry@prop1communitycorps.org.

What are the benefits of partnering with the LCC?

  • Seeking a partnership with a corps ensures compliance with Prop. 1 – Chapter 6 program guidelines.
  • Conservation corpsmembers are hard workers, enthusiastic, and eager to be learning and working.
  • Some conservation corps are located in disadvantaged communities which increases public benefit.
  • Restoration projects become pathways for young adults to successfully enter the workforce.