The Pajaro River Watershed Flood Prevention Authority (FPA) is implementing the Soap Lake Project to preserve the floodplain attenuation benefits provided by the Soap Lake area. The goal of the Soap Lake Project is to protect approximately 9,100 acres of agricultural lands in the upper Pajaro River Watershed, the approximate area inundated by the 100-year flood flows. The Soap Lake Project is designed to preserve the natural floodplain characteristics through the acquisition of land and flood conservation easements and, where the purchase of an easement is not feasible, the fee title purchase of the property. The FPA is encouraging the floodplain acquisitions by providing grant funds to and partnering with agencies and organizations pursuing acquisitions within the Soap Lake floodplain. Acquisitions have been funded through a Proposition 50 Integrated Regional Water Management Grant from the Department of Water Resources (DWR). The total grant was for approximately $4.1 million, of which, approximately $3.5 million was used for land acquisitions. The FPA used grant funds to support land and easement acquisitions in the Soap Lake Floodplain through the award of grants to reimburse acquisition costs incurred by the participating agencies and organizations. Approximately 4,600 acres in the floodplain have been preserved, in part by the FPA and partner agencies. The FPA continues to pursue additional funding and partnership opportunities to support land and easement acquisitions in the Soap Lake Floodplain.