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.


Public Notice


(Madera Irrigation District – Madera Valley, LLC Water Transfer Agreement)

Madera Irrigation District (the “District”) has prepared an Initial Study and Proposed Negative Declaration for the Project described below.  The Initial Study did not identify any potentially significant effects on the environment that would result from the proposed activity.

Project Title:

Madera Irrigation District – Madera Valley, LLC: Water Transfer Agreement.

Project Location:

The District includes approximately 129,180 acres within the southeast portion of Madera County.  The majority of the District includes agricultural and rural development, with some urban development concentrated primarily around the City of Madera.As described more fully below, the Project area is described generally as that portion of the Central Valley Project (“CVP”) place of use located within the San Joaquin Valley, which extends from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta in the north to the Tehachapi Mountains in the south, and from the coastal ranges in the west to the Sierra Nevada in the east.

Project Description:

The Project consists of the execution and implementation of the long-term Water Transfer Agreement (“WTA”) between the District and Madera Valley, LLC (MV).  The parties’ execution of the WTA would be a component of a proposed settlement agreement between MID and MV (and other parties), which is intended to resolve certain claims between the parties relating to, among other things, the June 5, 2012, Project Participation Agreement between MV, MID and the Madera Irrigation Financing Authority.  The WTA contemplates the transfer to MV of certain water supplies that include:

• CVP Friant Division Class 1 supplies (Class 1 Water), which, consistent with the WTA, have a sliding schedule of availability and delivery to MV depending on supply availability to MID;

• San Joaquin River Restoration Program Recaptured Recirculation Water (Recirculation Water);

• At the discretion of MID, other waters available to MID that MID may offer as a substitute for the Friant Class 1 Water or the Recirculation Water, which may include Friant Class 2 Water, pre-1914 water supplies, CVP Hidden Unit supplies, other waters made available through the San Joaquin River Restoration Program and other supplies that may be purchased from other Friant contractors or water bank projects, (Alternative Water Supplies); and

• At the sole and absolute discretion of MID, additional Class 1 Water and Recirculation Water that MID may offer to MV.

The consideration provided by MV to MID under the WTA would vary based on the water supply at issue, and the amount of water made available to MID by the United States Bureau of Reclamation.  The water would be used for agricultural purposes and would not be used to bring new land into agricultural production. No new construction would be required or would occur. MID would deliver water to MV through existing conveyance and pumping infrastructure, and no new infrastructure would be required with implementation of the WTA. Further, no changes in operation of the CVP or the State Water Project would occur with implementation of the WTA and all operations relating to implementation of the WTA would be contingent on compliance with all applicable biological opinions, CVP and SWP operating policies and water quality criteria.

The water transfer agreement would not result in new facilities in any particular physical location; therefore, the statement of whether the Project would be listed as a hazardous material site enumerated under Section 65962.5 of the Government Code per CEQA Guidelines Section15072(g)(5) would not apply.

Preparation and Public Review:

The Initial Study and Proposed Negative Declaration were prepared by Madera Irrigation District.  Copies of the Initial Study and Proposed Negative Declaration for this Project, as well as materials used in the preparation of the Initial Study, may be reviewed at Madera Irrigation District’s office at the address below on weekdays between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.:

Madera Irrigation District
12152 Road 28¼
Madera, CA 93637
Telephone: (559) 673-3514
Facsimile: (559) 673-0564

A copy of the Initial Study and Proposed Negative Declaration is also available by clicking here.

The public review period for the Initial Study and Proposed Negative Declaration will close on December 1, 2014.  If you have not responded with comments to the Proposed Negative Declaration by the December 1, 2014, closing date, it will be assumed that you do not have any comments regarding the environmental assessment for this Project.  Please address any comments, in writing, to Andrea Kwock Sandoval, Board Secretary, Madera Irrigation District, 12152 Road 28¼, Madera, CA 93637, on or before 5:00 p.m., December 1, 2014.

If you challenge this Project in court, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the Public Hearing on the Project, or in written correspondence delivered to Madera Irrigation District, prior to the approval of the Project.


2015 Assessments Notice

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the 2015 Madera Irrigation District Assessments will become due and payable on November 3, 2014. The first installment will become delinquent at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, December 22, 2014 after which time a ten percent (10%) penalty will be added thereon. The second installment will become delinquent at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, June 22, 2015, after which time a five percent (5%) penalty plus $10.00 for administration and publication costs will be added thereon. Assessment billings will be mailed out during the week of October 20, 2014.

Payments may be made at or mailed to the District Office at 12152 Road 28 ¼, Madera, CA 93637. If payments are mailed, they must be postmarked no later than the delinquency dates shown above for each installment in order to avoid penalties and costs.

NOTICE TO NEW PROPERTY OWNERS: Any individual, who has either purchased property within the Madera Irrigation District or changed their mailing address in the past year and has not received a 2015 Assessment Billing after the mailing date shown above, should inquire at the District Office or call (559) 673-3514. All deeds may not have been processed as of the date of the mailing, therefore, they would not have been entered into the assessment tax system. The taxpayer is responsible for paying their taxes timely whether or not they receive a bill.

Jill N. Low
Assistant General Manager
Madera Irrigation District

Water & the California Farmer

Productivity, Conservation, Stewardship and Innovation in Agricultural Water Use

The California Department of Food & Agriculture has compiled a list of interesting facts regarding California's water use and agriculture. To view this information please click here .



#FeedingFamilies Canned Food Drive


Madera Irrigation District would like to thank everyone who participated in the canned food drive.

A total of 500 lbs of food and $244 was collected at Madera Irrigation District. 

If you missed this food drive or would like to make additional donations please visit the Madera Food Bank website for more information. 



Friant Water Authority Press Release


Statement by
General Manager, Friant Water Authority

Today the Department of the Interior has again chosen to have the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation utilize Central Valley Project water for a speculative benefit to a fish population in the Klamath river system, which is outside of the CVP, while seemingly disregarding the serious social and environmental consequences this policy decision will have in the Central Valley. This wholly unacceptable action is beyond inflammatory to the Friant Water Authority, its member agencies, the Friant Division’s small family farmers and growers, the cities that are dependent on Friant water, and the other water users who pay for the operation of the CVP’s infrastructure and have been denied any water supply allocation this year. Additionally, water and power contractors are waiting to hear how the lost water supplies and power generation will be made up for these actions this year as well as last year.

Read more: Friant Water Authority Press Release

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.