The State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program awards $2.6 million in funds to local farms and ranches
SACRAMENTO, CA – Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) applauded the over $2.6 million in funding for the installation of efficient irrigation systems at local farms and ranches in Kern and Kings County. 15 projects in the district have been selected to receive the $2,675,765 from the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP).
“I am pleased to see State Budget funds being reinvested back into the Valley,” said Assemblymember Salas. “These funds will help our local farms and agriculture become more resilient and help protect us from the impacts of future droughts and water demands.”
The Budget Act of 2021 allocated $50 million to SWEEP. Through SWEEP, the California Department of Food and Agriculture has awarded funding to 1,118 farmers and ranchers across the state to empower them to invest in water and energy efficient irrigation systems and technology to strengthen farmers' agricultural resilience to drought and climate impacts. The program provides assistance to California-based agricultural operations to install water efficient technologies.
SWEEP projects will help save over 117,000 acre-ft. of water annually, equal to filling more than 70,500 Olympic-sized swimming pools. SWEEP helps farmers and ranchers cover the costs of installing these beneficial new technologies. The program also provides one-on-one assistance to farmers interested in applying to help remove potential barriers of entry and ensure funds are being equitably dispersed.