The Environmental Cleanup Program Call

The Environmental Cleanup Program (Program) helps improve overall water quality in Orange County from transportation-generated pollution. Program funds will be allocated on a countywide competitive basis to assist jurisdictions in meeting the Clean Water Act for controlling transportation-generated pollution. The funds are designed to supplement, not supplant, existing transportation-related water quality programs.

Tier 1 Call for Projects

The Tier 1 Grant Program is designed to mitigate the more visible forms of pollutants, such as litter and debris that collects on roadways and in storm drains prior to being deposited in waterways and the ocean. Tier 1 consists of funding for equipment purchases and upgrades to existing catch basins and related best management practices (BMPs) such as screens, filters, inserts and other streetscale low-flow diversion projects.

A total of up to $19.5 million from the Early Action Plan (EAP) is available for the Tier 1 program over a seven-year window from fiscal year 2011-12 through fiscal year 2017-18. The 2013/14 Tier 1 Call for Projects closed on May 17, 2013. The next call is expected to take place in spring 2014. Please contact Marissa Espino at MEspino@octa.net or at 714.560.5607 if you would like to inquire about future calls. Learn more.

Tier 2 Call for Projects

The Tier 2 Grant Program consists of funding regional, potentially multi-jurisdictional, capital-intensive projects. Examples include constructed wetlands, detention/infiltration basins and bioswales, which mitigate pollutants including litter and debris, but also heavy metals, organic chemicals, sediment and nutrients.

The Tier 2 program was funded beginning in fiscal year 2012-13 using bond financing revenues with up to $38 million from the EAP allocated through fiscal year 2015-16. Beyond 2015-16, funding will be based on a pay-as-you-go basis. The 2013/14 Tier 2 Call for Projects closed Sept. 20, 2013. The next call is expected to take place in summer 2014. Please contact Marissa Espino at MEspino@octa.net or at 714.560.5607 if you would like to inquire about future calls. Learn more.