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Emergency Drought Relief Program
What is the CCC?
The California Conservation Corps is a state agency created in 1976.  Young men and women between the ages of 18 and 25 (up to 29 for veterans) sign up for a year of work on natural resource conservation projects with a public benefit.  Typical work includes trail-building, landscaping, fire hazard reduction, water and energy-efficiency projects and emergency response operations.
Along with solid job skills that can lead to future careers, the CCC promotes personal development and life skills as well as leadership training.  In addition, corpsmembers advance their education while in the CCC.
Drought Response Funding
The CCC was provided funding for crews to complete water conservation projects through June 30, 2016. 
Program Description
The CCC can provide supervised crews of 10 corpsmembers at NO COST to schools, public agencies, and commercial properties to assist with high quality water conservation projects in response to the drought.  Projects must be consistent with the CCC’s mission and Senate Bill 103.
Eligible Projects
Water-efficient landscaping, water-efficient irrigation, and replacement of plumbing fixtures for schools, public agencies, and commercial properties; replacement and installation of water-efficient plumbing fixtures, including low-flow toilets, water efficiency education, and outreach activities in disadvantaged communities; and energy projects that contribute to energy and water conservation.
Project Selection
The CCC is seeking “shovel ready” water conservation projects, which will be reviewed based on the following criteria:
  • Potential water savings
  • Benefit to the public
  • Quality work experience for the CCC corpsmembers
  • Capability and capacity of the CCC crews
  • Lasting benefits of the water savings and completed project
  • Project location and proximity to CCC sites (Napa, Norwalk, San Bernardino, Santa Maria and Stockton)
  • Project duration (the CCC will assign a crew of 10 for no less than 40 hours of work)
Organizations that receive project approval are responsible for technical oversight of the project and any material and supply costs. 
PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION TO: If you are applying for more than one project, you must fill out a separate application(s).
Notice: We have been experiencing difficulties receiving emails to the since July 7, 2014.  If you have submitted a water conservation application and have not heard back from us please call Steven Hall at (916) 341-3205.