- Last Updated: 26 August 2015
- Last Updated: 14 August 2015
Standard & Poor's (S&P) Ratings Services announced it raised its long-term rating from A-minus to A on Madera Irrigation District's water revenue refunding bonds. This was following General Manager Thomas Greci, Assistant General Manager Dina Nolan, and Controller Anna Swanson's presentation to S&P last month.
"The raised rating reflects our view of the district's strong financial performance despite challenging drought conditions, and improved liquidity position” said Standard & Poor's credit analyst Tim Trung in The Bond Buyer.
General Manager Thomas Greci stated, “The recent strengthening of the District’s financials are due to sound policy decisions by the Board of Directors. The financial success is a result of a number of factors including significant reductions in the District’s operational costs and the implementation of supplemental water supply programs that brought new water to the District and generated water sales revenue, even on years with a zero allocation. I am excited to see Standard and Poor's acknowledgement of the District’s hard work and commitment to its landowners during this challenging time of severe drought.”
- Last Updated: 05 August 2015
FRIANT NORTH' WATER GROUP NAMES DAVID ORTH
AS EXECUTIVE OFFICER, ORGANIZES JOINT POWERS AUTHORITY
A recently-organized San Joaquin Valley water agency has a new name and organizational structure along with its first executive officer. Well known California water leader David L. Orth has been named to head the newly-renamed North Friant Authority. Orth’s appointment was announced Monday (August 3) as representatives of four participating water districts acted to formally organize as a public joint powers agency. Those districts include the Fresno Irrigation District, Madera Irrigation District, Chowchilla Water District and Gravelly Ford Water District. In June, the four districts formed what was initially called the Friant North Alliance. The districts are Central Valley Project-Friant Division contractors that deliver San Joaquin River water to portions of Madera, Fresno and Merced counties.
Orth, a Fresno County resident who is a member of the California Water Commission, recently resigned after 13 years as Kings River Conservation District general manager, citing a desire to pursue other opportunities. His appointment by the new Authority is as an independent contractor and will become effective August 17, 2015. He became KRCD’s general manager in February 2002. Before coming to KRCD, Orth served for two years as Vice President of Resource Management for Woolf Enterprises, a diversified San Joaquin Valley farming operation and from 1995-2000 as general manager of Westlands Water District, a CVP contractor. Prior to becoming Westland’s manager, Orth served as the district’s director of finance for nine years. Previously, he was a deputy Fresno County treasurer.
Orth has served on the California Water Commission since 2013. At KRCD, Orth has been involved in development of sustainable policies for local groundwater management and water quality protection. Orth was among the first to be involved in integrated water system management planning in the Kings River service area and was a founder of the Kings Basin Water Authority, which he has served as secretary-treasurer. Most recently, Orth has become involved deeply in how the Kings River region intends to implement California’s new Groundwater Sustainability Act. He has also been active in the electrical energy arena. In his work for Westlands, Orth was engaged in Bay-Delta issues, and participated actively in the CalFed Bay-Delta Program.
In 2015, the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) presented Orth with its annual Excellence in Water Leadership Award in recognition of remarkable contributions to California water by supporting and advancing ACWA’s goals. Orth received ACWA’s Emissary Award in 2010. He has served on the board of the Association of California Water Agencies as Region 6 chair and has chaired several other ACWA committees during his career. Orth serves on Fresno County’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act Stakeholder Group. A native of Porterville, Orth has a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from California State University, Fresno.
The Friant North Authority has been established by four of the northernmost Friant Division districts for mutual water supply development and to deal with federal and state governments on water and environmental issues.
Kole Upton, a Chowchilla Water District board member and Chairman of the new organization, said when the preliminary organization was taking place two months ago, “It’s something we in the northern portion of the Friant Division have needed to do for a long time. We have a lot of potential for water sharing for our constituents and, on the policy side, we have a lot in common.”
The new Authority is fully separate and apart from the Friant Water Authority (FWA). The Madera and Fresno Irrigation Districts ended their FWA memberships earlier this year. Chowchilla Water District withdrew several years ago. Gravelly Ford has not previously been a FWA member. All four agencies hold Class 1, Class 2 or both Class 1 and 2 water contracts with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation for water stored in Millerton Lake. The North Friant Authority plans to actively engage in current and ongoing common interests, activities and issues. Those include dealings with Reclamation, the Interior Department agency that oversees the CVP. The new Authority also intends to interact with the FWA, other Friant Division contractors, the San Joaquin River Exchange Contractors and the San Joaquin River Restoration Program.
- Last Updated: 15 June 2015
FOUR WATER DISTRICTS FORMING 'FRIANT NORTH ALLIANCE'
A new water coalition is being formed by four districts in Fresno, Madera and Merced counties with contracts for Central Valley Project-Friant Division water from the San Joaquin River. The Friant North Alliance is a development of four organizations that include the Fresno Irrigation District, Madera Irrigation District, Chowchilla Water District and Gravelly Ford Water District. “Our districts have come together for mutual water supply development and to engage in federal and state policies affecting each district’s water users,” said Gary Serrato, Fresno Irrigation District General Manager. “We have common interests and objectives in how and when Friant water is supplied. Plus, we want to be able to speak with a credible and unified voice.”
Kole Upton, a Chowchilla Water District board member and Chairman of the new Alliance, said, “It’s something we in the northern portion of the Friant Division have needed to do for a long time. We have a lot of potential for water sharing for our constituents and, on the policy side, we have a lot in common.” The Friant North Alliance is a new organization, separate and apart from the Friant Water Authority (FWA). The Madera and Fresno Irrigation Districts withdrew from the FWA earlier this year, while Chowchilla Water District withdrew a number of years ago, and Gravelly Ford Water District has never been a member of the FWA.
All four Districts hold Class 1, Class 2 or both Class 1 and 2 water contracts for water behind Friant Dam. Serrato said the Alliance intends to be active in a number of current and ongoing common interests, activities and issues. Those include dealings with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, which oversees the Central Valley Project; the FWA and other Friant Division contractors; and the San Joaquin River Exchange Contractors.The new Alliance intends to help facilitate the four districts’ participation in the San Joaquin River Restoration Program and development of what a memorandum of understanding terms “the development of mutually advantageous water supply and water management programs.”
No restriction is envisioned on the range of actions that might be discussed or pursued but the Alliance will pursue no action unless all the members agree. Each member district will continue to be able to pursue actions or agreements on its own or with third parties. Serrato said the Alliance may consider eventual formation of a joint powers authority or similar arrangement, and could evaluate possible additional members.
The Fresno Irrigation District’s basic water supply is from the Kings River but FID has a contract for Class 2 Friant Division water which is delivered when available through the Friant-Kern Canal. The Madera and Chowchilla districts are the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s conveyance contractors for the CVP’s Madera Canal through their Madera-Chowchilla Water and Power Authority. In addition to San Joaquin River water, the two agencies have CVP supplies from two other streams. Madera receives Fresno River water delivered from Hidden Dam. Chowchilla gets water stored behind Buchanan Dam on the Chowchilla River. Gravelly Ford, located in southwestern Madera County, can receive its CVP water directly from the San Joaquin River or through the Madera Canal and MID’s delivery system.
- Last Updated: 18 February 2015
Madera Irrigation District (MID or District) is requesting participation from Madera County landowners for its well monitoring program. MID routinely measures the depth to groundwater in various wells throughout the Madera area and would like to measure your well also. The free monitoring service will provide valuable information for surface and groundwater management programs throughout the San Joaquin Valley (Valley). This Program was originally developed by the United States Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) during the construction of the Central Valley Project in 1930. This Program is now a joint effort of Reclamation, Department of Water Resources, and numerous local irrigation and water districts throughout the Valley. Information generated by this ongoing groundwater study has resulted in changes to the way surface water has been delivered and improved groundwater tables throughout the Valley. The Program also allows Madera Irrigation District and other public agencies in Madera County to become eligible for certain grant opportunities, benefiting both the District and the community. Please contact Eddie Mendez at the MID Office, 673-3514 for more information.
- Last Updated: 02 February 2015
Madera Irrigation District is now on Facebook and Twitter.
Be sure to like, follow, and friend MID!!! We will be posting important topics related to the District and events!
- Last Updated: 25 February 2014
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.