Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman TJ Cox (CA-21)
November 12, 2020
Today, Rep. TJ Cox (CA-21) released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) awarded nearly $2 million in Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) funding as part of their WaterSMART Initiative to priority areas in three Central Valley counties. These grants will help producers on private working lands better conserve water resources in coordination with investments made by water suppliers.
The NRCS’s WaterSMART Initiative, in collaboration with the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR), funds projects across the Western US to help states, tribes, and local entities increase water supply by modernizing existing infrastructure, improving water conservation, and building drought resilience.
“I am pleased to see this federal funding going to the Valley as part of USDA’s WaterSMART initiative. Alternating periods of drought and flood, aging infrastructure, and climate change represent major challenges and strain our limited water resources. The Central Valley feeds our nation, and this funding will allow our farmers to improve water conservation and drought resilience to more efficiently use the water we have,” said Rep. Cox.
Priority areas receiving funds in Kern, Kings, and Tulare Counties include:
- Pixley Irrigation District Area: $240,000
- Tulare Irrigation District Area: $200,000
- Delano-Earlimart Irrigation District Area: $240,000
- Ivanhoe Irrigation District Area: $200,000
- Kaweah Delta Water Conservation District Area: $800,000
- North Kern Water Storage District Area: $75,000
- Buena Vista Water Storage District Area: $120,000
- Rosedale-Rio Bravo Water Storage District Area: $75,000