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Multibenefit Land Repurposing Program (MLRP)

 

Support for voluntarily ag land transitions that save water and create co-benefits


 

Public Input Survey

MLRP Madera is seeking public input about the types of ag land repurposing projects that make sense and are desirable for our region. This input is important to help define the types of projects that will be eligible for MLRP funding as well as the co-benefits that will be created for the community. If you are a grower or resident in Madera County, please contribute your perspective by completing a short survey.

English Survey

Encuesta en Español


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Frequently Asked Questions 

What is MLRP?

MLRP is a California Department of Conservation (DOC) grant program funding local entities in regions needing to improve groundwater sustainability. Madera County is one of eight grantees across the state that has been awarded an MLRP grant to develop and implement a local MLRP program.  

The purpose of MLRP is to support growers to envision and implement ag land repurposing projects that support groundwater sustainability while also producing additional benefits for rural communities and ecosystems. The program is voluntary yet recognizes that SGMA-related impacts have and will require many growers in Madera County to make land use changes. MLRP offers the opportunity for ag landowners to access state and other funding sources to proactively transition their land (or portion of their land) to a less water intensive use. For communities, MLRP aims to encourage and reward land repurposing projects that create benefits to community health, economic well-being, water supply, flood risk reduction, habitat, renewable energy and more. Each regional MLRP program is creating a plan design that defines the specific types of land repurposing projects and community benefits that best align with local needs and considerations.     

Still have questions about what MLRP is all about?  

  • Reach out via email at mlrp@maderacounty.com 
  • Schedule an in-person or virtual appointment with a Madera County Water Resources Specialist. Click here for more information about appointment options and scheduling. 
  • Refer to the graphic below for clarifications to common questions and misconceptions about what MLRP is and isn’t.

Who are the partners and stakeholders involved in the Madera County MLRP program?

In Madera County, there are several stakeholder partners working together to develop and implement the “MLRP Madera” program in our region. The primary organizations that are part of the MLRP Madera partnership and support network include Madera County, Madera County Farm Bureau, Madera/Chowchilla Resource Conservation District, Madera Ag Water Association (MAWA), California Farmland Trust and Zanjero, Inc. MLRP Madera is also part of the statewide network of grantees that are supported by Self-Help Enterprises, Environmental Defense Fund, and Environmental Incentive

What is the process for developing the MLRP Madera plan and program?  

Between fall 2023 and spring 2024, MLRP Madera partners are developing the plan and program for MLRP in Madera County. An important part of this effort is getting input from growers, residents and community stakeholders through workshops and other outreach activities. The input process will help inform the criteria for land repurposing project types as well as the co-benefits that are desired by the community.  

Once the MLRP Madera plan development process is complete, the process and timeline for applying for MLRP Madera funds will be announced. It is expected that the MLRP Madera solicitation announcement will be made in early summer 2024 and the application window will open shortly after. To receive MLRP Madera news and announcements, email your request to mlrp@maderacounty.com.  

What are the requirements for MLRP funding?

Eligible applicants for MLRP Madera funding are individuals or entities that own or have defined responsibility for agricultural land in Madera County. All regional MLRP plans and projects must also meet the Department of Conservation’s rules and requirements for funding. For a proposed land repurposing project to be eligible, it must: 

  1. Be in a Madera County GSA  
  2. Provide at least one desired outcome that benefits rural communities or ecosystems 
  3. Implement at least one eligible project type to convert irrigated (or previously irrigated) ag lands to a less water intensive use 
  4. Have a duration of at least 10 years (per a contract agreement) 
  5. Be consistent with the Groundwater Sustainability Plan for the area. 

For MLRP in Madera County, additional eligibility requirements or guidelines may apply, which will be specified in the MLRP Madera plan.  

What types of land repurposing projects qualify for MLRP funding?

The CA Department of Conservation has empowered local grantees with the flexibility to determine which land repurposing project types make the most sense and will provide the greatest benefits to their communities. That said, local MLRP programs must follow the guidelines for MLRP at the statewide level. For projects, MLRP requires ag land transitions to use less water than the previously irrigated cropland and provide benefits that are maintained for a minimum of 10 years.  

The statewide guidelines also present broad project types that may be funded by MLRP. These include:  

  • Transition of irrigated land to dryland farming or non-irrigated rangeland.  
  • Transition to less water intensive crops, including those for native seed production.  
  • Planting of cover crops or conservation cover.   
  • Facilitation of renewable energy projects that have an overall net greenhouse gas reduction.  
  • Creation or restoration of habitat such as pollinator habitat, wetland habitat, upland habitat and riparian habitat.  
  • Creation of parks or community recreation areas.  
  • Development of multibenefit groundwater recharge areas.  
  • Restoration of floodplains.  
  • Reestablishment of Tribal land uses.  
  • Implementation of Tribal cultural practices.  

With the statewide project guidelines in mind, MLRP Madera will develop a localized plan for the project types that will be funded in Madera County. Grower and resident input is important to the MLRP Madera process for developing the project type list along with the specifications for each project type. This input is being gathered through the MLRP Madera outreach process, which includes workshops, surveys and direct stakeholder engagement. 

How can I participate, get more information and stay informed 

Outreach and engagement with growers, residents and stakeholders is a very important part of the MLRP Madera program. There are several resources and ways to stay informed and participate, including: 

  • Workshops: There will be several opportunities for growers and residents to ask questions and provide direct input on the MLRP Madera program. Check the Madera County Water and Natural Resources website for the most up-to-date information on workshop events.  
  • Email: Interested parties and stakeholders can send comments and questions related to MLRP Madera to mlrp@maderacounty.com.     
  • Interest Form: Are you considering a land repurposing project or learning more about land repurposing project options? Submit an interest form to get connected to information and resources.  

Are there other land repurposing programs in addition to MLRP in Madera County?

Currently, MLRP is the only active Madera County land repurposing program. Other recent programs include the Madera County GSAs Voluntary Land Repurposing Program (VLRP) and the Department of Water Resources Targeted Land Repurposing Program (also known as LandFlex). See the table below for more information on the various land repurposing programs in Madera County, including the current status

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Public Workshops

Input from growers and residents is important to create a localized plan for the Multibenefit Land Repurposing Program (MLRP) in Madera County. Please review past workshop resources to learn about the program and how to get involved.

Wednesday, November 15, 2023, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Frank Bergon Senior Center (A Family Friendly Workshop)

Thursday, November 16, 2023, 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., Madera County Farm Bureau

Tuesday, November 21, 2023, 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. via Zoom


Workshop Flyers 


Workshop Presentations


Frequently Asked Questions


MLRP Madera Contact Information:

Email mlrp@maderacounty.com with any questions or needs pertaining to the workshops.