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Flint River Drought Protection Act (Georgia)

Eligibility 
Agricultural
Commercial
Developer
Industrial
Program Info
State 
Georgia
Program Type 
Environmental Regulations
Provider 
Georgia Department of Natural Resources

The purpose of the Flint River Drought Protection Act is to maintain in-stream flow in times of drought by providing incentives for farmers to take acres out of irrigation. It allows Environmental Protection Division to pay farmers to stop irrigating. After a drought is declared, EPD can hold a voluntary seller’s auction, allowing farmers to offer prices per acre at which they are willing to stop irrigating. If the target is not achieved, EPD has authority to make further reductions on a “non-voluntary” basis.