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.

 

PRESS RELEASE

MADERA IRRIGATION DISRICT REACHES SETTLEMENT WITH MADERA VALLEY, LLC REGARDING
WATER BANK PROJECT PARTICIPATION AGREEMENT

Contact: Thomas A. Greci, General Manager (559) 673-3514

On December 10, 2014, the Board of Directors of the Madera Irrigation District (the “District”) voted to settle a dispute with Madera Valley, LLC (“MV”), its former financing partner in the District’s water bank, also known as Madera Ranch.  The dispute arose from the June 5, 2012, Project Participation Agreement (the “PPA”) between the District and MV.

The terms of the settlement agreement include a one-time payment to MV in the amount of $500,000, and an option to purchase specified amounts of water in moderate to wet rainfall years, for a 25-year term (as opposed to a much lengthier term under the PPA), with the amounts depending on the hydrology.  All water transferred must be used within the Friant service area, and in a manner consistent with the District’s contract with the Bureau of Reclamation. 

The District published notice of the proposed settlement agreement and the related water transfer agreement in the Madera Tribune in October and November of 2014, and circulated a Negative Declaration for public review and comment.  The District did not receive any public comments on the settlement agreement or the water transfer agreement.

According to the District’s General Manager Thomas A. Greci, “the settlement removes a significant amount of uncertainty for the District with respect to the water bank.  As far as what the bank may look like in the future, all options are on the table.  But first, the District must engage in a transparent, well-planned process to ensure both the Board and the District’s growers are apprised of the pros and cons of each option.  The District welcomes input from its growers, and is looking forward to a positive public dialog on this issue in the months to come.”

Members of the public seeking further information regarding the District’s settlement with MV, the PPA, or the water bank may contact their District representative, or Thomas A. Greci at (559) 673-3514.

 

News Release - Friant Water Authority

EMERGENCY DROUGHT LEGISLATION EFFORT IS GOOD NEWS FOR FRIANT WATER USERS


The introduction yesterday (December 3) of bipartisan emergency drought legislation by Representative David Valadao and Members of the Central Valley Congressional Delegation in the House is welcome news to Valley communities and farmers facing the possibility of another year of crippling drought. With the current Congressional session due to end in a matter of days, time is running out for Congress to enact legislation to improve operations of the Central Valley Project to minimize chances that the Friant Division would suffer another zero water supply in 2015.  “Introduction of this bill shows that our Representatives have not given up hope of bringing some relief to the Valley this year, even if further legislative work remains to be done next year,” said Ronald D. Jacobsma, Friant Water Authority General Manager. “We know time is short, but the Valley Congressmen and the Senators have worked too hard for too long on drought legislation to give up now.”The “California Emergency Drought Relief Act of 2014” (H.R. 5781) is sponsored by Rep. Valadao (R), along with Representatives Devin Nunes (R), Kevin McCarthy (R), Tom McClintock (R), Ken Calvert (R), Doug LaMalfa (R) and Jim Costa (D).  The bill would direct federal water-management and fishery agencies to take steps, within existing laws and regulations, to maximize the availability of water from the Delta for use human uses. Under the bill, federal regulatory agencies must continue to enforce the Endangered Species Act biological opinions in the Delta, but regulators would have to provide scientific justification for actions that would result in water supply reductions.

Read more: News Release - Friant Water Authority

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

#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.

http://maderafoodbank.com/ 

 

 

2014 Drought Assistance Programs

There are many state and federal programs available for drought assistance.  A list of programs can be found here.

 

Setup Your New Online Account

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.