THE MISSION OF MADERA IRRIGATION DISTRICT is to obtain and manage affordable surface water and groundwater supplies in a manner which will ensure the long-term viability of irrigated agriculture in the District.


Election Notice

The Madera Irrigation District (MID or District) is a public agency, established by the State Legislature as a Special Act District. It is governed by a five member Board of Directors who are elected at large but who must reside within the division they serve. The statutory authority under which an irrigation district operates is known as the California Water Code. A large segment of the City of Madera (City) is included within the District.  Each resident of the City, who is registered to vote, has an opportunity to vote for the Director of his or her choice and may opt to run for the directorship.  MID Board meetings are held the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at 1:00 p.m.  Click here for a Summary of Director Benefits. 

The following Madera Irrigation District seats are scheduled to appear on the November 4, 2014 ballot – Division 1, 3, and 4.  Click here for a Division Map. The following are the filling periods associated with becoming a candidate for the office:

  • July 14, 2014 to August 8, 2014 Nomination & Declaration of Candidacy Period
  • August 9, 2014 to August 13, 2014 Extended Nomination & Declaration of Candidacy Period (Extends when Incumbent fails to file)

Interested candidates must obtain and file the required documentation to run for office from the Madera County Clerk-Recorder, located at 200 W. 4th Street, Madera California. 

The District encompasses an area of approximately 130,000 acres.  MID operates a primarily gravity irrigation distribution system with approximately 300 miles of open flow canal systems as well as 150 miles of large diameter pipelines.

The District has a Central Valley Project (CVP) repayment contract with United States Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) providing up to 85,000 acre feet (AF) of Class 1 and 186,000 AF of Class 2 water per year from the Friant Division (Millerton Lake). The CVP water is released from Millerton Lake through the Friant Dam, and then conveyed through the Madera Canal for delivery into the District’s service area. The District also entered into a CVP repayment contract with the USBR for the yield from the Hidden Unit (Hensley Lake). Under the Hidden Unit contract, the average annual supply available to the District is approximately 24,000 AF per year.

For more information contact Board Secretary, Andrea Sandoval at (559) 673-3514.


News Release - Friant Water Authority


The Friant Water Authority has issued the following statement in response to today’s decision by U.S. District Judge Lawrence O’Neill to deny a temporary restraining order requested by the FWA and its member districts in connection with actions by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to release water from Friant Dam to supply senior water rights holders, the San Joaquin River Exchange Contractors:

“The Friant Water Authority (FWA) is disappointed by the federal court’s denial of FWA’s request for a temporary restraining order. However, this is an interim ruling by the court and not a final decision on the merits, so FWA will still have a chance to prove its case when it gets its day in court. The court considered each of FWA’s three claims. First, while the court acknowledged the considerable economic impacts of the loss of Friant’s water supply, it determined that FWA’s contract-based claims should be addressed by the Federal Court of Claims. Second, the court indicated that it is not convinced that the water supply owed to the senior water rights holders on the San Joaquin River have priority over the refuge water supplies mandated by the Central Valley Project Improvement Act. Finally, the court noted that the Department of Water Resources was an indispensable party to claims related to the Coordinated Operating Agreement, but the state could not be compelled to participate in the federal court proceedings and thus the federal court could not rule on this claim.”

2014 Drought Assistance Programs

There are many state and federal programs available for drought assistance.  A list of programs can be found here.


Setup Your New Online Account

MID growers can now view their account information online. A letter has been mailed to each grower with their registration PIN. These instructions (download here) show how to setup your online account and view your account transactions, water delivery records, and parcel information. For assistance please call the office at 559-673-3514.