IID opens two on-farm fallowing programs

In an effort to generate water for the Quantification Settlement Agreement, environmental mitigation of the Salton Sea and to pay back previous overuse or inadvertent overruns of the Imperial Irrigation District’s annual Colorado River water entitlement, the district is seeking participants for two on-farm fallowing programs.
2012-2013 On-Farm Fallowing Program
This is the final call for the current 2012-2013 Fallowing Program with a delayed start of Oct. 1, 2012, through June 30, 2013. This nine-month program is offered at $125 per acre-foot. The deadline for submissions is Sept. 19.
2013 On-Farm Fallowing Program
This is the first call for the 2013 calendar year Fallowing Program running Jan. 1, 2013, through Dec. 31, 2013. With an early start option (up to six months), this 12- to 18-month program is offered at $125 per acre-foot. The deadline for submissions is Sept.19.
Applications for both programs are being accepted by the IID water manager’s office with priority given to those turned in on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is fully subscribed.
Fields selected to participate will be paid to lie fallow throughout the duration of the contract period. “The district will take steps to prevent any water from being delivered throughout the contract period,” said program manager David Bradshaw.
Information and applications have been mailed to all landowners and tenants and is available for download at www.iid.com/fallowingprograms. For more information, please call the fallowing hotline at 1 (760) 339-9898.