Sacramento Branch Meeting-Funding Opportunities for Cleaning Up or Preventing Groundwater Contamination

The Sacramento Branch is pleased to present:

Funding Opportunities for CLeaning Up or Preventing Groundwater Contamination

Joe Karkoski
Assistant Deputy Director
California State Water Resources Control Board


In 2014, the State Water Resources Control Board was tasked with administering two new, significant funding sources to clean up or prevent contamination of groundwater: 1) Proposition 1, passed by the voters, included $800 million for projects that cleanup or prevent contamination of aquifers that serve or have served as a source of drinking water; and 2) SB 445 set aside part of the fuel storage tax to address groundwater or surface water contamination, which provides about $20 million annually.  These funds are from the Site Cleanup Subaccount Program (SCAP) and have been focused on cleanup of soil and groundwater contamination at “orphan sites”.

The first round of solicitation for Prop 1 projects resulted in the awarding of “only” $120 million in grant funds, leaving $624 million uncommitted (after accounting for administrative expenses).  Approximately, $30 million in SCAP funding has not been committed.

This talk will discuss the basic requirements for these sources of funding; describe projects that were successful in receiving funding; and provide tips on how to develop a successful project application.


Joe Karkoski is an Assistant Deputy Director in the Division of Financial Assistance at the State Water Resources Control Board. Programs in Joe's branch include Prop 1 Groundwater ($800 million) and Storm Water ($200 million); drinking water and wastewater operator certification; and environmental review.  Joe previously worked at the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board for 15 years and for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for over nine years.  Joe has a degree in Chemical Engineering from Michigan State University, Master in Public Policy and Administration from CSU, Sacramento and is President of the local section of the American Water Resources Association.


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About GHD:

GHD is one of the world's leading professional services companies operating in the global markets of water, energy and resources, environment, property and buildings, and transportation. We provide engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services to private and public-sector clients.  Established in 1928 and privately owned by our people, GHD operates across five continents – Asia, Australia, Europe, North and South America – and the Pacific region. We employ more than 8500 people in 200+ offices to deliver projects with high standards of safety, quality and ethics across the entire asset value chain. Driven by a client-service led culture, we connect the knowledge, skill and experience of our people with innovative practices, technical capabilities and robust systems to create lasting community benefits.

Advanced Monitoring Systems

  • Groundwater sampling pumps
  • Vertical and angled single well technologies
  • Vertical and angled multi-level well technologies
  • Down-hole sensors
  • Deep well technologies

Depth Discrete Sampling Probes

  • Simultaneous soil and soil-gas sampling
  • Simultaneous soil and groundwater sampling
  • Embedded down-hole VOC capture for groundwater sampling


All Proceeds to Benefit Science Students

The GRA Sacramento Branch has a history of supporting university-level science students. Our Scholastic Sponsorship Program is an opportunity to publicize your business while contributing toward a good cause. The cost is minimal; if interested, please contact Linda Bond at (530) 757-1500 or


Social Hour - 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Announcements & Dinner - 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Presentation - 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Usual great food, including two meat entrées, salad, rice, potatoes, vegetable and Iced Tea. A No-host beer and wine bar will be available.


Members: $27.00
Non-Members: $32.00
Students: $10.00

  • If you register after Noon on Monday, March 12th, or walk-in, a $3.00 surcharge will be added to the meeting cost.
  • Cancellations must be made by Noon on Monday, March 12th.

If you have questions about the meeting, please telephone Rodney Fricke at 916-407-8539 or email him at  For questions about Sacramento Branch in general, including submittal of your ideas and/or desires for future presentations, please telephone Linda Bond at (530) 757-1500 or email her at


April 11th: Holly Nichols, CEG, DWR Project Geology, The Oroville Spillway Incident, Geology and Why It Matters

May 9th: Rob. M. Gailey, PG, CHG, UC Davis and R.M. Gailey Consulting Hydrogeologist, Domestic Well Supply Reliability During Drought: Stress Testing for Groundwater Overdraft and Economic Costs

June 6th, Kirby Brill, Former General Manager of the Mojave Water Agency, Southern California David Keith Todd Lecturer (invited) in conjunction with the GRA first annual Groundwater Sustainability Agency Summit

July 11th: Chris Bonds, Senior Engineering Geologist, California Department of Water Resources, State May Atom-Blast for Water: The Plowshare Program and DWR’s Connection

August 8th: NGWA 2018 McEllhiney lecturer Todd Halihan, Ph.D, Professor of Geology, Oklahoma State University, Chief Technical Officer for Aestus LLC, The Future of Water: Data or Instincts?

September 12th: Glenn Meek, CA State Water Resources Control Board, Update on the Central Valley Salts Program


Wed, March 14, 2018
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

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Aviators Restaurant
6151 Freeport Blvd
Sacramento, California 95822

Aviator's Restaurant at the Sacramento Executive Airport
6151 Freeport Blvd., Sacramento, CA
Aviator's Restaurant is located within the aircraft Terminal Building.
Plenty of free parking.