Much like Sacramento’s two rivers, which join together in a
“confluence” to create something even bigger, Sacramento Regional
County Sanitation District (Regional San) and the Sacramento Area
Sewer District (SASD) developed the Confluence Regional
Partnership Program to bring together ideas and efforts that
advance environmental, educational, and economic vitality in the
Sacramento region. Through this program, funding may be available
to projects that help the community and advance Regional San’s
and SASD’s missions, visions, values, goals, and objectives.
How is the Program Funded?
The Confluence Regional Partnership Program is funded jointly by
Regional San and SASD. Funding for the program is derived from
non-rate, non-fee revenues (in other words, revenues not derived
from ratepayer rates and fees).
Types of Programs Eligible to Apply for Funding
Funding from Regional San’s and SASD’s Confluence Regional
Partnership Program will be considered for the following types of
projects and programs:
Environmental Stewardship Programs and Projects
Includes projects that protect or enhance the water quality
of local and regional waterways and/or groundwater, watershed
management efforts, and efforts to connect communities with
failing septic systems to the SASD collection system.
Regional Economic Development Competitiveness
Includes programs that support the economic vitality and job
growth in the region through reducing sewer impact fees for
qualifying commercial customers.
Public Education and Career Awareness Programs
Includes educational programs and outreach to local area
schools ranging from elementary to university levels, and
employment and trade organizations, to advance awareness of the
water cycle, (including sewage collection and treatment) and
Sewer Lifeline Rate Assistance Program (for low-income
Regional San offers a Sewer Lifeline Rate Assistance Program
that is funded by non-rate, non-fee revenue. For more on the
Sewer Lifeline Rate Assistance Program, or to apply, visit
Funding requests for the Confluence Regional Partnership Program
will generally be prioritized using the following criteria:
Relevance to mission/vision/values
Support of Strategic Plans
Provision of regional benefits
Ability to leverage other funding
Regional San and SASD will review all funding requests to
determine the nexus to one or more of the programs and priorities
above and provide timely response to requestors. Funding requests
may be approved in full or in part, depending on availability of
funds, nexus to prioritization criteria, and other factors.
How to Make a Funding Request
All funding requests must be made by completing a Funding Request
Application. Applications may be made at any time. Requests can
be one-time or span up to three years.
Regional San and SASD recently received a certificate of
appreciation from the Central Valley Regional Water Quality
Control Board (Regional Water Board) for their contribution to a
critical cleanup project on Steelhead Creek. Through the joint
Confluence Regional Partnership Program, the districts donated
$15,000 in grant funding to help pay for this creek cleanup
effort, which took place over four days last December.
Confluence Program funding recently played a pivotal part in the
removal of a derelict vessel that had been abandoned on the
Sacramento River. Here’s the story: The Saint Joseph, a
50-year-old shrimp boat that had been sold for scrap years ago,
was ditched illegally on the west side of the Sacramento River in
West Sacramento. At one point, homeless were residing on the
vessel, resulting in its eventual condemnation.
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