California Receives $6M For Water Enhancement Projects

Davis, CA /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) California State Office received approximately $6 million for Agricultural Water Enhancement Program (AWEP) projects to improve water quality and quantity on hundreds of farms throughout the state. For the second year in a row, California received the largest amount of funding in the United States for nine different AWEP projects.

“AWEP is a voluntary conservation initiative that provides financial and technical assistance to farmers and ranchers to improve water conditions and conserve valuable water resources on their agricultural land,” said Ed Burton, NRCS State Conservationist for California. Nationwide, nearly $20 million will be used to fund 28 AWEP projects in 10 states.

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Editorial: Pricey water bond deserves a revamp

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is a savvy enough political player to see a punch coming before it lands. That’s why he called on lawmakers last week to delay a November ballot vote on a proposed $11.1 billion water bond.

That was a wise move by the governor, but not wise enough. Instead of hoping for more support in 2012, he and state lawmakers should repeal the water bond legislation and come back with a smaller, equitable and less pork-filled package that could be more easily sold to voters.

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