LandFlex: Incentives for Groundwater Sustainably and Protection of Vulnerable Domestic Wells

Extreme drought conditions and agricultural groundwater overdraft impact the availability of drinking water for many communities dependent on shallow domestic wells. Several Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) within critically over-drafted basins have adopted enforceable allocation mechanisms to slowly phase out groundwater overdraft by 2040. But many impacted communities cannot wait that long.

Farmers, GSAs, underrepresented communities, and the State share a common interest in the immediate and permanent cessation of groundwater overdraft on lands near vulnerable drinking water wells.  The LandFlex program aims to facilitate this shared interest. Administered by the Department of Water Resources, the $50 million pilot program provides financial incentives for farmers to actively participate in the protection of precious drinking water resources.

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