The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) announced it is accepting applications for State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) grants as of February 1, 2017. According to a CDFA press release, competitive grant funding totaling approximately $3.75 million will be made available “to provide financial assistance to implement irrigation systems that reduce greenhouse gases and save water at California agricultural operations.”

Jeff Janas

Based on a snow survey conducted by the California Department of Water Resources, California already has 108 percent of its typical water supply for the entire year. In response to the findings, Western Growers, California Farm Bureau Federation and California Farm Water Coalition distributed a joint press release asking the state to use the survey data to improve water supplies for the state’s farmers and ranchers.

Stephanie Thara

The final State Water Resources Control Board (Board) regional workshop on proposed rule changes to the Water Quality Control Plan and unimpaired flow proposals for the Delta was held yesterday in Sacramento. The proposal, which would increase unimpaired flows from the San Joaquin River by a minimum of 40 percent to aid salmon populations, is strongly opposed by Western Growers and the agriculture community, water managers, elected officials and local governments.

Jeff Janas

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