The LandFlex grant solicitation was open to eligible GSAs for a period of 14-business days, January 17 through February 3, 2023. There were three key eligibility requirements for the program; the GSA must be located within a critically overdrafted basin, the GSA adopted and is actively implementing an allocation plan that identifies a quantified volume of overdraft as of Water Year (WY) 2022, and the GSA must have a measurable accounting method (i.e., evapotranspiration or well metering) for WY 2022 and 2023.
DWR reviewed seven eligible GSA applications and selected the top three highest-ranking GSAs, per LandFlex Guidelines. Commensurate with the scoring criteria, these GSAs demonstrated the greatest need and readiness to meet the goals and objectives of the LandFlex Program. The selected GSAs and recommended funding amounts are as follows:
Madera County GSA – $9.3 million
Greater Kaweah GSA – $7.0 million
Eastern Tule GSA – $7.0 million
Growers interested in LandFlex within these three GSAs can reach out to them directly or one of DWR’s partners for questions.