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(Left) Lake Oroville July 20, 2011
(Right) Lake Oroville January 16, 2014

(Left) Lake Oroville July 20, 2011
(Right) Lake Oroville January 16, 2014

(Left) NASA satellite image of Sierra Nevada on January 18, 2013
(Right) NASA satellite image Sierra Nevada on January 18, 2014

(Left) Folsom Lake July 20, 2011
(Right) Folsom Lake January 16, 2014

(Left) Folsom Lake March 2011
(Right) Folsom Lake January 2014

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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 Headquarters
Main Auditorium – 1st floor
1220 N Street Sacramento, CA 95814

Friday, April 18, 2014 - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Stanislaus County Agricultural Center
Harvest Hall, Room DE
3800 Cornucopia Way
Modesto, CA 95358

More information about this program, including a conceptual framework of the grant program, will be available at:

Program implementation will be on or before July 1, 2014.   

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