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New Winter Rice Habitat Program being rolled out

New Winter Rice Habitat Program being rolled out

We have been working closely with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (“Department”) to establish the program rules for new California Winter Rice Habitat Incentive Program (Winter Rice Habitat Program). These program rules, published in the Department’s Public Solicitation Notice (PSN), establish the provisions for receiving and evaluating grower/landowner applications and how the habitat contracts will ultimately be administered.  The PSN provides the most detailed information about the program, including how to apply and how the applications will be prioritized for funding by the Department. The PSN and other information can also be found the Department’s Private Lands Incentive Programs Webpage.

The program has start-up funding of $5 million in the current state budget.  We expect this amount of funding to initially enroll nearly 142,000 acres in three-year habitat contracts.  The program will provide $10 per acre per year and contracts will have terms of three years. The deadline to apply to this program is Monday, February 11.

Interested parties have an opportunity to attend a CRC Workshop, scheduled for Monday, January 28 at the Colusa Casino starting at 10:00 am, to learn more about this new program.  More details about the workshop, including how to RVSP, can be found in CRC’s Winter Rice Habitat Program Workshop Notice.

We greatly appreciate the leadership of Assembly member Aguiar-Curry to carry this Legislation, as well as her efforts to secure the initial $5 million in program funding.

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CRC Board Nominations Underway

The CRC has a number of seats up for election for a three-year term on the board. Check your mailbox for the open seats and nomination form. You can nominate yourself or someone you believe would make a great board member. Forms are due back by July 15th

Didn’t receive a nomination form? Call 916-387-2264 and we will get one out to you.

Available Seats*District
01District 2: Colusa County
13District 3: Glenn and Tehama counties, and counties north thereof
33District 4: Yuba and Sutter counties
33District 5: Sacramento, San Joaquin, Placer and Yolo counties, and counties south thereof

*No seats are open in Butte

NCWA’s Updated Water Year Outlook & Impacts

NCWA’s Updated Water Year Outlook & Impacts

The Northern California Water Association has released the most updated water year outlook, which includes a newly released economic impact report centered on Sacramento Valley rice country.

The study by the University of California, Davis details economic income losses to all crops in the region, with the rice industry facing more than $703 million in drought-related impacts, mainly to rice mills, dryers and suppliers.

This latest water year update also details urban conservation requirements and current groundwater levels.

Click here to view the full report.