- Last Updated: 24 June 2016
MADERA IRRIGATION DISTRICT AWARDED TWO UNITED STATES BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
WATERSMART GRANTS TOTALING OVER $870,000
In January 2016, Madera Irrigation District (MID or District) staff prepared two applications for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) WaterSMART: Water and Energy Efficiency grant program. On June 23, 2016, MID was notified that both projects were approved and would receive a total of $873,161 in Federal funds.
The first application titled “Irrigation Water Conservation and Canal Automation Improvement Project” will expand the District’s existing Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system by installing 14 new solar-powered automated gates and meters throughout the District. The gates and meters can be remotely monitored and controlled by smart phones and are programmed to automatically open and close to maintain a constant flow within +/- 2.5% accuracy, regardless of varying upstream water level. Upon completion, the project is estimated to conserve 3,600 acre-feet on average each year.
The second application titled “Lateral 24.2-17.0 Pipeline Improvement Project” will underground approximately 6,500 feet of the existing Lateral 24.2-17.0 canal into a 36” pipeline to reduce seepage. Additionally, a small basin will be constructed to capture spill water and manage recharge within the District. Once constructed, the project is estimated to conserve 1,750 acre-feet on average each year.
The projects will be constructed outside of the irrigation season to avoid service interruption and are scheduled to be fully operational by October 2018. For more information, please contact the MID Engineering staff at (559) 673-3514.
- Last Updated: 06 May 2016
RECLAMATION INCREASES THE FRIANT DIVISION 2016 CLASS 1 WATER SUPPLY ALLOCATION TO 65 PERCENT
The Bureau of Reclamation announces an additional increase in the water supply allocation to the Friant Division contractors of their Class 1 water from 50 to 65 percent. The initial Friant Division water supply allocation announced on April 1, 2016, was 30 percent Class 1water supply; an additional 100,000 acre-feet of Uncontrolled Season supply was made available to avert flood control concerns and needed to be delivered by the end of April. The Class 1 water supply allocation was subsequently increased from 30 to 40 percent on April 11, 2016, and from 40 to 50 percent on April 21, 2016, pursuant to prior notifications to Friant Division contractors.
Class 1 is generally considered the supply which can be dependably managed through storage regulation over the season and delivered at the contractor’s convenience. The Class 1 supply will continue to be reassessed at weekly intervals until further notice.
- Last Updated: 04 May 2016
MID GROUNDWATER FORUM AND GROWERS MEETING HELD APRIL 28, 2016
The MID Groundwater Forum and Growers Meeting was held on April 28, 2016 at the Madera Fairgrounds. Over 160 people attended the annual event. Dan McManus, Supervising Geologist at the Department of Water Resources presented at the Groundwater Forum. His presentation can be found here. MID Assistant General Manager Dina Nolan's presentation from the Groundwater Forum can be found here.
During the Growers Meeting, General Manager Thomas Greci and Friant North Authority's Executive Officer David Orth presented. The presentation can be found here.
The District would like to thank the Madera County 4-H Leaders Council for preparing a delicious lunch. The District would also like to thank Panoche Creek and Minturn Nut Co. for the almond donations.
- Last Updated: 04 May 2016
BUREAU OF RECLAMATION INCREASES WATER ALLOCATION TO FRIANT DIVISION CONTRACTORS
The Bureau of Reclamation announced an increased allocation to the Friant Division contractors of Class 1 water supply from 40 to 50 percent on April 21, 2016. The initial Friant Division water supply allocation announced on April 1, 2016, was 30 percent Class 1 water supply and an additional 100,000 acre-feet of Uncontrolled Season supply to be scheduled and delivered by the end of April. The Class 1 water supply allocation was subsequently increased from 30 to 40 percent pursuant to Reclamation’s April 11, 2016, notification to Friant Division contractors.
The MID Board of Directors approved a revised Crop Water Distribution Policy on April 27, 2016. The Revised Crop Water Distribution Policy can be found here. Growers are encouraged to sign up for water. A late penalty fee will be imposed beginning June 1, 2016.
- Last Updated: 20 April 2016
MADERA IRRIGATION DISTRICT WILL NOT RENEW MADERA RANCH WATER BANK PERMITS
With much deliberation and consideration, the Madera Irrigation District (MID or District) Board of Directors made the decision at its April 19, 2016, Board Meeting not to pursue the renewal or renegotiation of permits obtained in the 2005-2011 timeframe for the Madera Ranch Water Bank (otherwise known as the Water Supply Enhancement Project).
“Although MID is continuing to explore various opportunities for the Madera Ranch property, including potential water banking opportunities, the previous permits obtained by the District were for a project conceptualized in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. The environmental, engineering, and permitting world has changed significantly since these permits were negotiated and obtained. Additionally, many of the permits had requirements that were unattainable and cost prohibitive,” explained Thomas Greci, General Manager.
“This was not a decision that was taken lightly” stated Carl Janzen, MID Board President. “The Board believes it is in the District’s best interest to let the permits expire, as opposed to investing significant District funds and time in renewing permits for an infeasible project as was contemplated in the permits.”
The Board also directed staff to continue to explore new opportunities with the property that will provide direct benefits to the District and its growers. “The District is committed to engage in a transparent, organized process to ensure the District’s growers are informed of the direction for the property and welcomes input from its growers on the topic” stated Thomas Greci, General Manager.
Madera Ranch is located in southwest Madera County approximately four miles southwest of the City of Madera. Madera Irrigation District purchased the Madera Ranch in 2005. In 2008, MID sold approximately 2,700 acres of cultivated land to Grimmway Farms. The District continues to own and operate the remaining 10,896 acres of grazing land.
- Last Updated: 20 April 2016
MADERA IRRIGATION DISTRICT TO START WATER DELIVERIES NEXT WEEK
On Friday, March 18, 2016 the Madera Irrigation District (District or MID) received its first allocation since 2013 from the United States Bureau of Reclamation (USBR). This special allocation will allow Madera Irrigation District to begin water deliveries to all areas of the District beginning as early as March 25, 2016.
“MID’s Board of Directors and staff are extremely encouraged by this initial allocation of water. We are excited about the ability to deliver surface water throughout our District after many years with extremely limited supplies. MID hopes all District growers take advantage of this opportunity to utilize high quality surface water, helping to reduce the strain on the groundwater aquifer.” stated Thomas Greci, General Manager.
Madera Irrigation District is currently accepting Crop Water Applications and will begin accepting water orders on Monday, March 21, 2016. The MID Board of Directors set a competitive water rate to encourage all users to begin taking deliveries, $120 per acre foot for Original District users and $240 per acre foot for Subordinate users. The District is urging all growers with the ability to take surface water to do so between now and April 30, 2016 as the extent of this water season is unknown; there is high likelihood that the cost and availability of water could change as of May 1, 2016 due to USBR operations.
- Last Updated: 04 February 2016
MID AWARDED THE USBR REGIONAL DIRECTOR'S AWARD
The Madera Irrigation District (District or MID) has been awarded the Regional Director’s Award from the United States Bureau of Reclamation Mid-Pacific Region (USBR or Reclamation) for its commitment to improve water management practices, promoting water conservation and efficiency. The Mid-Pacific Region of Reclamation covers a large geographic area spanning from the northern two-thirds of California and most of western Nevada to the southern part of Oregon with a large number of water and power contractors. The Mid-Pacific Region fulfills water obligations for agriculture, power generation, water conservation, water recycling and reuse.
Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Region manages one of the largest water storage and transport systems in the world, the Central Valley Project (CVP). The CVP includes twenty (20) dams and reservoirs and eleven (11) powerplants with a combined storage capacity of more than eleven (11) million acre-feet of water. The CVP serves farms, homes, and industry in California’s Central Valley. Madera Irrigation District is a CVP contractor with water contracts from the Friant Unit (San Joaquin River) and Hidden Unit (Fresno River).
The Madera Irrigation District was awarded the Regional Director’s Award at Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Conference on January 20, 2016 for its collaboration “with Reclamation’s grant programs to conserve and better manage valuable water resources by implementing Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition projects, replacing approximately 100 farm turnouts meters, installing flume gates, and equipping ditch tenders with real-time meter reading applications.” In addition, “the District has made significant progress in the realms of the water industry including infrastructure upgrades, operating under balanced budgets during drought years, promoting public education on water related topics, and fostering cooperation and partnerships with neighboring agencies.”
“This is one of the highest honors that Reclamation can award a district, MID is extremely proud to have received this recognition. This award shows the dedication and commitment of the District’s Board of Directors and staff to improve water management practices for the benefit of our District and our growers” stated Thomas Greci, General Manager.
Pictured from left: General Manager Thomas Greci, Board President Carl Janzen, US Bureau of Reclamation
Regional Director David Murillo, Assistant General Manager Dina Nolan, and Director Brian Davis