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Speak Out to Support Water-Smart Ag Program: Call your Assemblymember!

CalCAN is sponsoring a bill (Assembly Bill 1086) that improves the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP), California’s only water and energy efficiency grant program for farmers. SWEEP funds projects that save farmers water and energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
 
The Assembly is voting on AB 1086 soon, and we are asking you to make a quick call to your Assemblymember to ask them to vote Yes on AB 1086.
 
The bill makes SWEEP permanent and more accessible to farmers all across California. It also prioritizes funding for small and medium-sized farmers and farmers of color.

Legislators pay attention to phone calls from their constituents. You can make a difference. Can you call your state Assemblymember today? It will only take a minute to leave a message like this:

“My name is _________ and I am calling from [town/city]. 
I’m calling to urge Assemblymember [name] to vote for AB 1086.
The bill supports farmer efforts to save water and energy and address a changing climate.”


Click here to find your Assemblymember and the phone number for their Capitol office.
 
If you are represented by any of the following Assemblymembers, your calls are especially important. These legislators have agricultural districts and they have a track record of supporting Climate Smart Agriculture programs:
Jim Wood, District 2: Sonoma, Mendocino, Humboldt, Del Norte counties
(916) 319-2002
Robert Rivas, District 30: San Benito and Monterey counties
(916) 319-2030
Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, District 4: Lake, Napa, Yolo, Solano counties
(916) 319-2004
Susan Talamantes-Eggman, District 13: west side of San Joaquin County
(916) 319-2013
Jacqui Irwin, District 44: southern Ventura County
(916) 319-2044
Marc Levine, District 10: Marin County, southern Sonoma County
(916) 319-2010
Adam Gray, District 21: Merced and Stanislaus counties
(916) 319-2021

Let us know what you hear when you make your call — drop us a line: info@calclimateag.org.
Background
More about SWEEP:
Since 2014, SWEEP has provided incentives to over 600 farmers to transition to more water- and energy-efficient irrigation systems. The program has many benefits, such as:Cuts water and energy use and costs,Lowers greenhouse gas emissionsIncreases resilience to droughtsImproves air quality by replacing old diesel pumpsReduces nitrate contamination of groundwater.
What Does AB 1086 Do?
AB 1086 (authored by Assm. Bauer-Kahan) would permanently establish the SWEEP program in statute. It also makes a number of improvements to the program, including:Prioritizes small and medium-sized and socially disadvantaged growersAllows for funding for irrigation management trainingsSets up a technical advisory committee to advise CDFA on program design.
Read here for more background on AB 1086.

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