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Deadline Approaching – Winter Flooding Program Opportunities

Deadline Approaching – Winter Flooding Program Opportunities

For those considering winter flooding this year, there are two programs that could provide financial assistance. Summaries are provided below; to find out more or to apply visit the California Ricelands Waterbird Foundation: calricewaterbirds.org

Applications must be submitted online and the deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on Tuesday, September 6.

Programs: 

Drought Relief Waterbird Program (DRWP) – this program’s focus is to offset the reduced availability of surface water with groundwater flooding to provide habitat for migratory birds in the face of severe drought. 

  • Option 1: Flood and maintenance for 90 continuous days. Payment rate $135/acre 
  • Option 2: Flood-up and hold water for 30 days. Payment rate $80/acre

California Winter Rice Habitat Incentive Program (CWRHIP) – this program provides fixed rate incentive payments for flooding of harvested rice fields for 70 continuous days. Payment options below:

  • $20/acre on the East Side of the Valley
  • $40/acre on the West side of the Valley

For questions, contact Luke Matthews, Wildlife Programs Manager, at (916) 607-8988 or lmatthews@calrice.org.  

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