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With overdraft for Madera County as a whole estimated at 260,000 acre-feet per year with the 2015 crop mix, the County has been referred to as “ground zero” for the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). As one of several demand management actions, the County GSA is implementing a Voluntary Land Repurposing Program (VLRP) in the Madera and Delta-Mendota Subbasins. Land repurposing is purely voluntary, and provides an incentive payment in exchange for the Sustainable Yield and Transitional Water allocations.
Initial development of the program was funded under a Sustainable Agricultural Land Conservation (SALC) grant. The land repurposing program has been referred to as the “SALC” program in other GSA planning documents. The program is now transitioning into implementation based off of the foundational development work and stakeholder input received over the previous years.
Land repurposing is part of the implementation of the GSP to achieve the specified demand management goal, helping achieve groundwater sustainability for the subbasin over time.
This program is still undergoing development; stay engaged and share your feedback by participating in our public workshops.
Public Meeting and Resources
Public Meeting (Advisory Committee), 8/6/2020: Presentation
Public Workshop, 9/20/2022: Presentation