Industry News

Deadline Approaching – Winter Flooding Program Opportunities

Deadline Approaching – Winter Flooding Program Opportunities

For those considering winter flooding this year, there are two programs that could provide financial assistance. Summaries are provided below; to find out more or to apply visit the California Ricelands Waterbird Foundation:

Applications must be submitted online and the deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on Tuesday, September 6.


Drought Relief Waterbird Program (DRWP) – this program’s focus is to offset the reduced availability of surface water with groundwater flooding to provide habitat for migratory birds in the face of severe drought. 

  • Option 1: Flood and maintenance for 90 continuous days. Payment rate $135/acre 
  • Option 2: Flood-up and hold water for 30 days. Payment rate $80/acre

California Winter Rice Habitat Incentive Program (CWRHIP) – this program provides fixed rate incentive payments for flooding of harvested rice fields for 70 continuous days. Payment options below:

  • $20/acre on the East Side of the Valley
  • $40/acre on the West side of the Valley

For questions, contact Luke Matthews, Wildlife Programs Manager, at (916) 607-8988 or  

More Industry News Stories

Lorenzo Pope

Lorenzo Pope

Longtime industry leader Lorenzo Pope passed on March 25, 2024. Dr. Pope was known as a plant breeder and executive at Rice Researchers. He served for decades on the California Rice Commission Board of Directors and many of its committees, including the Rice Promotion Board. In 2015, the California Rice Research Board presented Dr. Pope with the California Rice Industry Award. Ever an educator to others and always willing to take a phone call, lend a hand or attend any rice meeting, Lorenzo will be remembered as a giant in our industry.