Disadvantaged Communities

The Disadvantaged Communities Center (DACC) brings students and faculty experts together to provide water management assistance to California’s most vulnerable communities.


WRPI’s Disadvantaged Communities Center has two sources of funding: the California State Water Resources Control Board via Proposition 1, and the Department of Water Resources (DWR).

California State Water Resources Control Board

With Proposition 1 funding from the State Water Board, WRPI provides technical assistance to disadvantaged communities throughout the state. The Water Board assigns communities to WRPI, and partners from surrounding CSUs, including student interns, are recruited to conduct income surveys, grant applications or engineering work.

Department of Water Resources

WRPI works within two DWR Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) regions: the Santa Ana Watershed, and Greater Los Angeles and Ventura Counties Funding Zones.