2020 – Assembly Bill 2482 (Stone, Mark), State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (Dead)
Would have required the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) to make programmatic changes to the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) to provide grants to agricultural operations to, among other specified requirements, implement irrigation systems that reduce greenhouse gases and energy use, and increase water use efficiency. This bill would have also required the CDFA Secretary to convene a technical advisory committee of the Environmental Farming Act Science Advisory Panel and would have required the committee to make recommendations of the grant program. The bill would have also revised the definition of “technical assistance,” to include training. SWEEP has received funding from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund. Was not heard in the Assembly Agriculture Committee.