California Farm Water Success Stories: Industry Driven Standards for Efficiency

Published: December 8, 2011
Author: Courtney Smith

Improving the use of agricultural water and other natural resources can reduce the risks that come from water scarcity, and many individual farmers have taken proactive approaches to improving how they manage resources. Recognizing the numerous benefits that come from enlisting an entire industry, California winegrowers have taken a proactive approach to putting sustainable practices into action under the California Sustainable Winegrowing Program (SWP).

The Industry Driven Standards for Efficiency: The California Sustainable Winegrowing Program case study, part of the California Farm Water Success Stories series, reviews the self-assessment program which has provided the wine industry with many benefits including market advantages, data with which to communicate their progress to regulators, and a mechanism through which their farmers can identify opportunities to increase efficiencies, manage risks, improve product quality, and cut costs.

Download the case study.
Download the Pacific Institute press release.

Karen Ross, California Secretary of Agriculture and Former President of the California Association of Winegrape Growers

Karen Ross describes the formation of the California Sustainable Winegrowing Program, which benchmarks, and seeks to improve, practices from the farm to the winery.

In addition to these success stories, the Pacific Institute and other members of the California Roundtable on Water and Food Supply have launched an Interactive Database and Map which contains more than 30 case studies, including the Pacific Institute’s success stories, and is searchable by location, production type, irrigation method, and stewardship practice.

Read the California Roundtable on Water and Food Supply press release.


– Sustainable Water Management for Urban Agriculture
– State and Federal Funding Accelerates Efficiency
– Vegetated Waterways and Riparian Restoration
– Smart Irrigation Scheduling
– Managing for Multiple Benefits
– Recycled Water and Agriculture
– Groundwater Banking
– Improved Communication, Monitoring, and Measurement
– Integrated Regional Water Management
– Volumetric Pricing and Conjunctive Use