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Water Resources

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Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) was passed in 2014. This gave an opportunity for the local agencies to form a Groundwater Sustainable Agency (GSA). By 2020, a plan would be layout and implemented; by 2040, each region is to reach a groundwater sustainability level. If the local agencies are not successful, then the state will come and take over the process. The local GSA predicted that over one-million acres will be fallowed once the new plan is implemented.


For more information on SGMA, visit Asian Business Institute and Resource Center's (ABIRC) website on SGMA. Reach out to ABIRC by contacting Dao Lor-Vang at (559) 892-9841 or dao@fresnoabirc.org if you have any questions on SGMA.


Water Efficiency and Enhancement

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has grant opportunities available to small farmers with great incentives. One of these programs includes the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP).

What is SWEEP?

The State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) provides financial assistance in the form of grants to implement irrigation systems that reduce greenhouse gases and save water on California agricultural operations.

What can SWEEP fund?

Eligible system components include (among others) soil moisture monitoring, drip systems, switching to low pressure irrigation systems, pump retrofits, variable frequency drives and installation of renewable energy to reduce on-farm water use and energy. Up to $100,000 of funding available for each project.


If you have questions regarding SWEEP, please contact us at (559) 241-7515