California’s State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP):
A Progress Report
California is embarking on potentially transformative climate change policy. Among the new state climate change programs is the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP), designed to achieve the dual goal of agricultural water savings and GHG emissions reductions. Programs like SWEEP seek to change the management of California’s businesses and ecosystems to reduce our carbon footprint and increase our resilience.
In this report, CalCAN reviews SWEEP to better understand how new climate change programs like it are working for farmers and the environment. We review the program’s background, discuss the projects funded during the first three application cycles, and highlight SWEEP’s successes to date. We also identify remaining opportunities for program improvement that the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), the administering department, is well-suited to address.
The report offers several recommendations to CDFA on how to strengthen program, including:
- Offer simplified application process for small projects equal to or less than $25,000
- Fund technical assistance for project/application development
- Support soil management practices that increase water holding capacity
Click here to download the report.