Imperial Irrigation District is initiating its much anticipated on-farm conservation program that offers financial incentives to growers and landowners who contract with the district to implement water conservation measures.
Â The district began soliciting for proposals on Nov. 13 and will accept proposals from landowners and tenants until noon on Dec. 5.
Â The goal of the On-Farm Efficiency Conservation Program is to incentivize agricultural water customers to voluntarily conserve 16,000 to 20,000 acre-feet in 2013 by implementing water use efficiency improvement projects on their farms.
Â IID will field-verify the implementation of each water conservation measure and calculate the conserved water yield for each measure by comparing 2013 crop season water use to a historical baseline specific to each field and crop.
Participants will be paid $285 per acre-foot of verified delivered water reduction.
Â â€œAlthough the on-farm conservation program is a long-term IID commitment, in its inaugural year, the district intends to implement the program in a pilot format and issue primarily one-year contracts,â€ explained Jesse Silva, Water Department manager. â€œLonger-term projects may also be proposed, however, these may require additional consideration and could result in a lower prioritization or delayed contracting as the district works to refine and standardize the programâ€™s implementation process.â€
Â Customers interested in participating in the 2013 on-farm conservation program are asked to return application forms to the on-farm conservation team by noon on Dec. 5. Forms and information are available at www.iid.com/onfarmconservation. Questions regarding the program should be directed to the on-farm conservation team at 1-760-339-9777 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. v