California: Governor Newsom Highlights Nearly $300 Million for Sustainable Water & Farming Projects 
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SACRAMENTO ~ Governor Gavin Newsom has announced the distribution of nearly $300 million to make California's water supply more resilient and promote climate-smart agriculture. The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has awarded $187 million for 103 projects throughout the state to enhance groundwater monitoring, water use efficiency, groundwater recharge, recycled water and water quality. More than $160 million will directly benefit tribes and underrepresented communities.

The California Department of Food & Agriculture (CDFA) has also announced the award of more than $106 million in grants to 23 organizations to work with producers to design and implement carbon sequestration and irrigation efficiency projects. This includes the CDFA SWEEP Program at Tchieng Family Farm, Audubon California, River Garden Farms and CDFA Collaborate on Healthy Soils Demonstration Project.

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The grants are intended to increase groundwater sustainability and help farmers and others use water more efficiently while capturing carbon from the atmosphere. Governor Newsom hopes that these initiatives will help combat the worsening climate crisis that is causing extreme flooding and droughts in California.

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