July 24, 2015
The 2015 agricultural water management plan (AWMP) guidebook (PDF: 1.7 MB) has been released by DWR. The guide provides details on new requirements and other information to help agricultural water suppliers prepare their AWMPs. Several workshops on the development of AWMPs are being planned. Once details are finalized, they will be posted on the Water Use Efficiency website.
July 9, 2015
On July 2, the Department of Water Resources held a webinar that introduced the Turf Replacement Initiative and solicited public comments about the Initiative’s guidelines. The Initiative will have three components: the Residential Turf Rebate Program; the Commercial, Industrial, and Institutional (CII) Turf Replacement Program; and a Statewide Campaign to Promote Drought Tolerant Landscapes. The presentation (PDF: 3 MB) from the meeting has been posted, as well as an audio recording (registration required). To learn more about the program, visit the California 2015 Turf Replacement Initiative website.
June 24, 2015
The Department of Water Resources’ Water-Energy Grant Program awarded $28 million to 25 projects that will save water and energy and will reduce greenhouse gas emissions. These grants will help California respond to the drought while building resiliency to cope with future droughts and climate change. They are DWR’s first grants using proceeds from California’s cap-and-trade program for combating climate change.
In all, the 25 projects will save an estimated 270,000 acre-feet of water and prevent the release of approximately 199,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. Over 70 percent of the funding will provide benefits to disadvantaged communities that are targeted for investments from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund. The projects include installation of water meters for Merced residents that can be read and tracked by satellite, design and installation of a smart irrigation control system for 18 Bakersfield parks, and distribution of water conservation toolkits to households in the Tulare County town of Alpaugh. The Water-Energy Grant Program website has a list of funded projects.
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