Madera Irrigation District Continues to Lead in Groundwater Sustainability

The Madera Irrigation District (MID or District) is spearheading the way in groundwater management.  MID is well ahead of schedule for the goals set forth in its Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP), maintaining and enhancing MID’s groundwater balance for the benefit of all MID landowners.  The GSP outlines projects to be completed within the Madera Subbasin; one key project for MID is the development of additional recharge basins.  That project, according to the GSP, was to be implemented in the year 2030.  On March 1, 2021, MID acquired two parcels located within the District for this purpose, nine (9) years ahead of schedule.  The acquisitions, totaling almost 70 acres, have multiple benefits to the groundwater aquifer and MID’s groundwater balance by reducing crop demand and increasing recharge potential.

The parcels were identified for purchase through a successful Request for Proposal (RFP) process in which District landowners could submit their parcels for potential purchase by the District.  This concept was a new, innovative approach to parcel acquisition on a willing buyer, willing seller basis that the District developed.  “We are excited and pleased about the outcome of the RFP process.  This was a creative approach to obtaining parcels and a great success for the District” stated Thomas Greci, General Manager.

Additionally, MID was able to acquire these parcels with no impact to its 2021 Budget.  Through diligent fiscal management and budget savings in 2020, MID was able to redirect unspent funds to 2021 capital expenditures which included the purchase of the identified parcels.  “MID’s Board is proud of the fact that MID can purchase almost 70 acres and enhance our groundwater sustainability, all with no impact to this year’s budget and nine years ahead of schedule” stated Jim Erickson, MID Board President.

For more information, please visit the office at Madera Irrigation District, 12152 Road 28 ¼, Madera, CA.