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Water and Energy Efficiency Grant Program Open for Applications

The State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP), authorized by emergency drought legislation last year, is open for applications through June 29.
 
The program provides funding to help farmers and ranchers implement conservation measures that reduce their water use and greenhouse gas emissions. 
 
The maximum grant award is $150,000 and can be used to improve irrigation and energy-use efficiency on California farms and ranches.

Water Efficiency Grants Available for California Farmers

Farmers can apply to receive up to $200,000 to invest in irrigation systems that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save water. The payments are offered under California’s State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP).

Applications are due by August 5, 2016. Eligible applicants must be agricultural operations in California. Successful applications will reduce both greenhouse gas emissions and save water. Documentation of current and projected water and energy use is required in the application.

Water Meetings Being Held in East Salinas

COPA is organizing conversations and house meetings in East Salinas around issues of water and the new Groundwater Sustainability Agency that is being created. COPA is an organization of 24 member institutions throughout the region that work together on issues that emerge out of conversations like these. If you are interested in participating in one of these conversations, please contact the COPA office at 831-728-3210.

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This article was submitted by Rosa Vitela of Communities Organized for Relational Power In Action (COPA).

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