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California Department of Food and Agriculture

Media Contacts: Steve Lyle, CDFA Public Affairs, (916) 654-0462,

California Department of Food and Agriculture
Release #14-013
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PUBLIC MEETINGS SCHEDULED TO DISCUSS CDFA'S NEW WATER EFFICIENCY AND ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM

SACRAMENTO, March 27, 2014 - Emergency drought legislation (SB 103) signed earlier this month by Governor Brown allocates $10 million to the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) for on-farm water conservation practices throughout the state. The funding will be used to establish the CDFA Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program, a grant program to increase water conservation through efficiencies and better management and reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency.   
Two public stakeholder meetings have been scheduled in April 2014 to explain the new program and to receive comments and suggestions. These public meetings will be held on the following dates and at the following locations: Friday, April 11, 2014 - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.CDFA HeadquartersMain Auditorium 1st floor1220 N StreetSacramento, CA 95814 Friday, April 18, 2014 - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.Stanislaus County Agricultural CenterHarvest Hall, Room DE3800 Cornucopia WayModesto, CA 95358 More information about this program, including a conceptual framework of the grant program, will be available at:  http://www.cdfa.ca.gov/EnvironmentalStewardship/H2O_EandE.html
Program implementation will be on or before July 1, 2014.   
Visit www.Drought.CA.Gov to learn more about how California is dealing with the effects of the drought, and for more water conservation ideas, visit www.SaveOurH2O.org


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