This program is based on past usage, so one's historical reported water use is important in determining the eligible acres that can receive payments under the program. The historical reported water use is the reported AF of water diverted under the water right during the years 2005-2010 (inclusive) - eliminating the high and low year and averaging the remaining 4 years. These are the AF that will have a retirement bid placed on them - not exceeding $2000.00 per AF. The applicants are ranked by bid price and acccepted as long as the funding holds out. This year, the program has about $820,000.00 available.
WTAP can be used even with an EQIP or AWEP contract from NRCS. In fact, either of these two federal programs should allow a person to reduce his or her bid for WTAP and thus compete better for the limited WTAP funds. If you are in a GMD 4 HPA, or Prairie Dog Creek, or Rattlesnake Creek and are interested in this program, contact the Division of Conservation in Topeka, or your appropriate GMD office to work up the numbers - you may want to take a look at them in order to finally decide. There is actually much more to this program, but all the details can't be covered in this short post.
BTW, WTAP is a pilot program and if not retained by the 2012 Legislature, it will sunset after this final year. The best way to keep it active is to use it. Questions? Let me know.