Voluntary Irrigation Suspension Program Option (VISPO) – Edwards Aquifer Authority

Voluntary Irrigation Suspension Program Option (VISPO)

In the summer of 2014, the Stakeholder Committee formed an ASR/VISPO Work Group to brainstorm possible options to acquire additional water into both programs. For meeting documents and the Final Report vist the ASR/VISPO Work Group Site.

Summary of Forbearance Agreement

If the water level at the J-17 index well in San Antonio is at or below 635 feet on October 1, EAA will notify program participants to suspend the use of the enrolled water for the following year beginning on January 1.

Irrigators will have a five-year and a ten-year option for VISPO enrollment.

VISPO will make two types of payments to the permittees who enroll water in the program:

  • Standby Payment: Every participant will receive a “Standby Payment” not later than March 1st of each year. This payment will be made regardless of whether or not the participant is required to suspend withdrawals that year. Payments will begin in 2014.
  • Forbearance Payment: In years in which withdrawals of enrolled water are suspended, the participants will be paid a “Forbearance Payment” no later than March 1st of that year.
Option
Fee
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
5-Year
Stand-by*
50.00
50.75 51.51 52.28 53.06 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Implementation*
150.00
152.25 154.53 156.84 159.18 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
10-year
Stand-by*
57.50
57.50 57.50 57.50 57.50 70.20 70.20 70.20 70.20 70.20
Implementation*
172.50
172.50 172.50 172.50 172.50 210.60 210.60 210.60 210.60 210.60
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