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RIVER Program Project Guidelines
Cooperative Funding Project Core Mission Guidelines

The following is provided as guidance for cooperators as far as what types of projects would meet the District's core mission.

Water Quality

  1. Projects that capture and provide treatment of stormwater utilizing proven BMPs.
  2. Projects that provide reduction in nutrients and other stormwater pollutants at a reasonable cost.
  3. Projects that control, fix or relieve river bank erosion. 
  4. Only those projects that provide water quality improvements beyond any regulatory requirement associated with an agency permit or enforcement action.
  5. Projects that upon completion will be maintained perpetually by the cooperator.

Flood Protection

  1. Projects that implement BMPs to fix or relieve flooding problems.
  2. Maintenance of natural flood protection areas which may have been affected by past flooding or natural means.
  3. Projects that assist local governments to manage and maintain their stormwater infrastructure.
  4. Only those projects that provide flood protection improvements beyond any regulatory requirement associated with an agency permit or enforcement action.

Natural Systems

  1. Projects that restore, protect or enhance altered natural systems such as streams, lakes, wetlands, and springs.
  2. Projects that will improve fish and wildlife habitat.
  3. Projects that will improve water quality.
  4. Exotic and nuisance plant removal, maintenance and control.
  5. Projects that restore or improve plant communities benefitting natural water features.
  6. Projects that will improve or enhance water supply sources, including aquifers.

Water Supply and Conservation

  1. Projects that conserve potable water by upgrading existing, or installing new systems, with the most efficient water saving features.
  2. Projects that agree to implement the measures recommended in a "water audit" performed by a qualified agency.
  3. Projects that employ a retrofit program that will result in lower water use and economic savings.
  4. Projects that reduce fresh groundwater withdrawals by utilizing or expanding lower-quality alternative sources.
  5. Projects that will improve or enhance water supply sources, including aquifers.

Download a PDF version of the program project guidelines.