Roy E. Larsen Sandyland Sanctuary

Project Updates

Apply for Drought SWAP through October 31

By Kristin Rowles | August 16, 2023

Applications for Drought SWAP are currently open and will be accepted through October 31, 2023.  This application period follows on the first round for applications that was taken in 2022.  Drought SWAP received many applications during the 2022 application period, but we expect to have capacity for more participants, and therefore, we are inviting additional…

How’s the Water?

By Kristin Rowles | June 24, 2022

This year’s GA-FIT auction was focused in the Ichawaynochaway Creek Basin, and one of the contract options is closely tied to flow levels in the creek.  Option C pays participants a standby fee at the beginning of the growing season.  If flows fall below a certain level in the creek, the contract requires irrigation suspension…

Advisory Board Reviews 2022 Auction Results

By Kristin Rowles | May 25, 2022

On May 5, the GA-FIT Advisory Board met to review the results of the 2022 Incentive Auction.  Results were presented by the project team, and the Board discussed the findings.  Overall, the auction was a success in terms of recruitment, outreach, participation, and information gathered.  We expect that the execution of incentive contracts selected from…

Aerial view of flint river flowing

2022 Auction: A Big Success!

By Kristin Rowles | May 1, 2022

In March 2022, GA-FIT held its first auction for voluntary irrigation suspension incentives.  The results affirmed strong interest in exploring this type of incentive. The auction and contracting for incentives gave us real-world experience and lessons learned that will guide future planning and policy. The data gathered from the bidding has informed us about the…

Water Pump

Project Kick-Off Meeting

By turnkeywp | October 30, 2021

Our Project Kickoff Meeting was held virtually on Tuesday, October 26, 2021.  Participants included representatives from state and federal agencies, members of the agriculture community, policy makers, non-profit organizations, foundations, and other interested individuals. The group learned about the project plans and offered input on project implementation. Representatives were invited from the following organizations: Lower…

Farm field

Coming Soon!

By turnkeywp | October 22, 2021

Be on the lookout for our project team at farm community gatherings starting in late 2021. They can tell you more about GA-FIT and our upcoming March 2022 incentive auction for drought response incentives. See the link at the top of this page to register for updates on the auction.

Barbour's Map Turtle

GA-FIT Advisory Board

By [email protected] | October 22, 2021

The GA-FIT Advisory Board met virtually on September 29, 2021. The members of the Advisory Board are: Dr. Steve Golladay, Connie Hobbs, TE Moye, Gordon Rogers, Richard Royal, and Jimmy Webb. The Advisory Board will provide input to the project team on project design and implementation.