MID Brings Historic Water Season To A Close

The Madera Irrigation District (District or MID) will begin draining down the system on November 9, marking the end of a remarkable water season.

This year’s operations were exceptionally notable for many reasons.  The season, which began in January, was the longest running season in over 40 years of the District’s history.  It also marked the lowest water rate, at just $25 per acre foot, since 1991.  The Fresno River ran continuously for over nine months, providing recharge in the City of Madera in addition to the aesthetic and recreational benefits provided.

The District is proud of the 2017 year’s operations, with over a quarter of a million (250,000) acre feet utilized.  In addition to grower deliveries, the District recharged water in recently rehabilitated recharge basins throughout the District.

“MID was able to maneuver through an astonishing water year that involved managing flood flows, delivering to new turnouts and growers, and a prolonged season.  The District is pleased that it was able to provide its landowners with surface water for the majority of the year and at reduced rates” stated Thomas Greci, General Manager.

MID will be now entering the maintenance season, repairing, replacing and upgrading facilities in preparation for upcoming operations.  The District looks forward to the 2018 water season, with the ability to provide its landowners with a continued high level of service.